Caps look to put a 3-1 strangle hold on the Cup final series

6-4  Vegas  at  Washington     Game  4     (Washington leads series 2-1)

TV:  8pm   NBC

Last game:  Washington defeated Vegas  3-1

Vegas top players

  • Tomas Nosek-goal
  • Marc Andre Fleury-23 saves

Washington top players

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov-goal, assist
  • Jay Beagle-2 assists
  • Alex Ovechkin-goal
  • Devante Smith-Pelly-goal
  • Braden Holtby-21 saves

Teams in the Stanley Cup Final that have gone up 3-1 have converted on a Championship in 31 consecutive opportunities.  With the Capitals holding a 2-1 series lead, it’s hard to say that this game four is must win. If you look at the stats and look at the fact that a loss sends the Capitals back to Vegas tied a 2-2 in the series, this would be a tough game for the Caps to lose with all the momentum they have in their favor. Alex Ovechkin is tied for the franchise record for most goals scored in a single playoff run with his 14th with John Druce. The next one could be historic for Ovechkin. 21 of 27 teams that took a 2-1 lead in the Final by winning Game 3 have won the Cup, though there were three instances (Tampa Bay in 2004, Chicago in 2013 and in 2015) that were exceptions.

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Holtby vs. Fleury

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