Washington Capitals Game 4 victory gave them a leading 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup final over the Vegas Golden Knights.
Evgeny Kuznetsov could not help hearing the echoing chants from the crowd: "We want the cup!"
"We know their energy. I do not want to lie. Sometimes you feel when people cheer you, you know the energy too. In this game we are not so good at home, but in this series we keep the audience happy. That's great thing for us, he said.
The series seems to be in their grip … or is it?
Here's a look at how the Capitals have this "and some reasons that the Stanley Cup could actually be an opportunity for Sin City expansion cuts.
The capital has this to … takes a 3-1 lead in game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals is quite a lot to win the Stanley Cup. Teams who have taken a 3-1 series lead in the finale have gone on to win Cup 31 straight times. Overall, they are 32-1 since the best seven series were available for the 1939 final. The only time a team has rallied to win the Cup was 1942 when Toronto Maple Leafs roared back to "reverse sweep" Detroit Red Wings, 4-3 . Through the first three rounds of the playoffs, teams have scored a best seven series 300 times in NHL history. Only 28 of them have come back to win. So good luck, knight.
The Golden Knights have a chance to … The story is not on the Vegas side here. Forgive me if you have heard it before. Do I need to remind you that this is a team that opened with 500 to 1 odds to win the Stanley Cup? That every member of this self-appointed band of misfits felt weak in some way during the past year, went 15 years ago, in a gradual way? As David Perron reminded us this week, almost all Golden Knights counted out after they were outclassed by Winnipeg in Game 1 in the Western Conference Finals. Vegas continued to win four straight games to cope with it. It feels fitting that they must overcome an even bigger deficit to claim the big prize.
"It's the final," said Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. "Nothing easy is good."
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The funds have this to … their team defense is mechanical, their goaltender saves everything and the things he does not save jumps off his posts. Washington owns so much of the neutral zone as they can start asking Vegas to pay rent to use it. They have removed the front of the net: 10 of Golden Knights the last 19 goals stood at the threshold of the Goaltender. Nevertheless, they have not done any way since the game's playoffs.
"As a group, it's the most committed group I've been to. I do not think it's the most talented team I've been on. But it's the most involved in the dirty, untouched games," says Matt's defense Niskanen.
Holtby now has a .919 save percent for the series and a .945 in Caps' three win. And again: When James Neal stares on so much networks for so long and can only quit it from the entry in Game 4, Holtby is either in power or subtly manipulating iron like Magneto.
The Golden Knights have a chance because … believe it or not, they did not play so badly in game 4. Rather, they had no chances. By two periods, Vegas held a 10-2 high risk chance at equal strength. And let's not forget the posts, Braden Holtby's best friends. Had Neal's broad appearance in the first period that went in, we are talking about a whole different game – and series. In the last two games, Golden Knights has met a whole lot of seven posts. Vegas was buoyed by its top line the whole season as yes, written an incredibly high shooting rate. In the final, the combination of Jonathan Marchessault, William Karlsson and Reilly Smith has combined to shoot 9.1 percent. Was this inevitable regression? It's a pessimist's lens. I say it means they are delayed for any major puck luck in the games ahead.
The capital has this to … It is clear that they, and not the Golden Knights, are the fate. They eliminated Columbus and coach John Tortorella, who plagued them with Rangers in the first round. They eliminated their arch rivals Pittsburgh Penguins, for the second time in franchise history, in the second round. They eliminated a lot of ex-Rangers and an ex-penguin in Chris Kunitz, and won a rare game 7, in ousting Tampa Bay. They only had two big bosses: The team their former GM George McPhee built, with former Pingvin goalkeeper Marc-Andre Fleury. They are about to bludgeoning both.
"We are trying to write our own story here," said Capitals forward T.J. Oshie. "We do not live much in the past. It has been the heart here. We know it, but it's a bit sharp and made us stronger for it."
Golden Knights have a chance to … It has not even been three months since 16th-seed UMBC shocked Virginia; If you do not believe in sports miracle, you probably have a short memory. See, the Hockey Dams tend to reward those who work the hardest and grind the longest. Alex Ovechkin & Co. really suits mold. But so are so many members of these Golden Knights. No, they have not been together as a unit for a long time, but it does not make any of them any less deserves.
Devante Smith-Pelly stops a deflected puck with the skate and turns it into the net for Capitals third goal during the first period.
Okay, so we're covered why the Capitals and Golden Knights got this. "But what happens if they do not?"
The capital may not have this to … What happens if this all runs, all this magical journey where Alex Ovechkin seems to be lifting Stanley Cup, where the capitals appear to be ultimately raising the ultimate course and the Columbia District is ready to celebrate its first pro sports championships since 1992. What happens if this ends is just the elaborate answer to the question that has sent Capitals fans to the fetus position for three decades: "How are they going to blow it this time?"
The Golden Knights can be done to … Marc-Andre Fleury no longer plays. Tomas Tatar was not the offensive sparkle in Game 4, and any setup changed for Gerard Gallant from here would just be desperation (actually do you think that inserting Oscar Lindberg might be the answer? Yes, do not answer it.) The team with high bulk and exaggerated darlings finally fell to the ground. Yes, it came later than any of us could have expected. It was actually a magical ride. Let's cherish it for what it was.