Washington Capitals edge Las Vegas Knights to level NHL Stanley Cup final at 2-2
The Capitals level the best-of-seven championship series as it heads to Washington for games three and four
The Washington Capitals held on to beat the Las Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 on Wednesday to level the NHL Stanley Cup final at one game apiece.
The Capitals knotted the best-of-seven championship series as it heads to Washington for games three and four on Saturday and Monday.
Vegas, the upstart expansion club that won game one 6-4 on Monday, opened the scoring through James Neal less than eight minutes into the contest.
Washington answered with a goal from Lars Eller late in the first, and seized the lead with second-period goals from captain Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Orpik.
Shea Theodore scored on a powerplay late in the second to pull the Golden Knights within one, but the Capitals – who lost Evgeny Kuznetsov to injury in the first period – held on. Goalie Braden Holtby made a fine sprawling save against Alex Tuch in the waning minutes to preserve the win.