Washington Capitals on verge of Stanley Cup after blowing out Golden Knights

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The Capitals went on to score three first-period goals en route to a 6-2 win that gave them a commanding 3-1 series lead. Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, T.J. Oshie, Braden Holtby and Nicklas Backstrom. He seems to sense that this may be a once-in-a-lifetime chance, and he doesn't appear to want to waste it.

"Not the way you wanted to start your morning", he said. "I had the composure to wait".

If you're a believer in the idea that legitimate competition brings out the best in all involved parties, then you at least have to be intrigued about how the new reality could lift the Penguins.

The Vegas Golden Knights appreciate that the Clark County Department of Public Works is considering a parade in its honor. "For us right now, it's like every game is the last game", Ovechkin said after Game 4.

Approve the closure of Las Vegas Boulevard between Sahara Avenue and Tropicana Avenue for a parade to celebrate the success of the Vegas Golden Knights inaugural and record-breaking season in the National Hockey League.

"Go home, win one game, and the pressure is on them".

The Washington Capitals are one win away from the first Stanley Cup championship in the 43-year history of the franchise.

Smith made it 4-2 at 12:26 with his fourth when the Capitals couldn't clear their zone, but Kempny put any thought of a comeback to bed just 1:13 later when he finished off a nice feed from Backstrom for his second after Oshie delivered a thunderous reverse hit on Miller.

Kuznetsov was a wizard with the puck and had four assists.

"That's what you play for", forward Tom Wilson said of approaching a clincher.

"We're in a familiar situation with a lot of doubters". Full stop: This is not to suggest that Marc-Andre Fleury deserves to be the fall guy, but the difference between the Cup final and the other three series is Fleury is not giving his team that momentum-changing stop when it needs it and he's not stealing games the way he was when he was putting together a Conn Smythe Trophy portfolio in previous rounds.

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Washington set the tone early by blocking 15 shots in the first period, but that can not stop Vegas from playing aggressive and getting off quality shots.

Just ask Neal, who will probably be haunted by the sound of the puck clanging off iron for the next two days - and possibly the entire summer, unless things start to turn around.

Connolly added another power-play goal for Washington at 18:51. "We've got a lot of time to put ourselves back in the series".

Said Holtby: "To be honest, I thought it was in from my angle. Somehow, it didn't go in".

"It's not good enough from us", Neal said. Probably won't be the last. He also mentioned that he may make one more change for the game, but would not elaborate. Instead, he missed and the Caps rattled off three first period goals.

"You can't feel sorry for yourself".

"They didn't see a penalty on it", Gallant said after the game. "That's what we'll focus on". "I think we had him projected right. But when you play that support game and you're making short, little plays, you've got support coming across, you've got your D-men joining, you're going to have some opportunities".

Coach Gerard Gallant said: "We played our best period of the finals so far". "We have a good bunch of character guys in this room". The two are roommates, and were also both involved in two of the plays this series that sealed losses for the Golden Knights. Holtby got some good fortune from the post on shots by Alex Tuch, Neal and Brayden McNabb.

But the outcome by then was all but decided.

If luck has escaped the Golden Knights, the opposite has happened to the Capitals.

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