Capitals respond with Game 2 win against Golden Knights

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Physicality has been in the forefront of the Capitals' game all season, and Vegas wants to match it in the Stanley Cup finals.

With a wide open net in front of him Tuch let it rip and by the grace of the hockey gods and the shaft of his stick Holtby came up with the greatest save in franchise history.

The Vegas Golden Knights lit the lamp first, scoring midway through the opening period of Game 2 just as they did in the Stanley Cup Final opener.

No. 8 tallied his first ever championship series goal in his fifth period on the grandest stage, burying one on the power play to give Washington the lead in Game 2. But the violence has been real, with Brooks Orpik unable to speak to reporters after scoring the Game 2 victor because of a crosscheck he received to the mouth late in the third period. Kuznetsov is one of of only two Caps players (Ovechkin) with double digits in Capitals goals (11) during their Stanley Cup Final run. Melrose said Game 1 had plenty of mistakes, but it was entertaining, and it stood out for the Golden Knights' speed and for their penalty kill.

As a questioner aptly deadpanned to Washington coach Barry Trotz prior to Game 2 Wednesday, "It turns out there's a lot to do in this town on the off nights".

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

"You're thinking there's no way that bounces to them across the crease and then comes back across", Beagle said. The first two games of the Stanley Cup Final were split for only the third time in the last 13 editions of the NHL's final round. "Bottom line is we were right in that game I think, it was right there for us to grab, we just came short". The goaltender committed to Eakin, who fed the puck to Tuch.

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The team that General Manager George McPhee assembled in the first expansion draft of the salary-cap era capitalized on underappreciated assets, onerous contracts and what he called "unknown surprises" - players who would develop into mainstays.

Holtby made 37 saves behind goals from Ovehckin, Brooks Orpik and Lars Eller. Melrose is one of many figures from that season interviewed at length for this doc (others include famed Kings' announcer Bob Miller, former Kings' forward Luc Robitaille, and former Canadiens' forwards Guy Carbonneau and Kirk Muller), and he said while he loved his time with the Kings overall, he's still unhappy about how that series played out.

"The pucks were bouncing pretty good", Trotz said. They then lost the opener of the second round to Pittsburgh and trailed Tampa Bay, 3-2, in the Eastern Conference final before posting shutout victories in the final two games.

In postseason failures of yore, this would have been the moment when it all unraveled for Washington.

"The hit on Kuzy. we thought it was high", said Trotz.

"Five-on-three, you've got to count on a goal there", Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant told reporters postgame. Will Vegas head to Washington up two games, or can the Caps bring it back home tied 1-1? "Whatever. He takes a beating on that, but I don't think anybody in here gives a crap". Shea Theodore feathered a fluttering puck through traffic and past Braden Holtby late in the second period, bringing Vegas within a goal.

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