Finals of the Stanley Cup of the NHL 2018: Game of Capitals-Golden Knights 3

Marc-Andre Fleury steals Alex Ovechkin in the first period. (Ricky Carioti / The Washington Post)

Stanley Cup Final: Game 3

Vegas Golden Knights in Washington Capitals

Series: Tied 1-1

Saturday, June 2, 8 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSN

• Updates in the game: Fleury blocks Ovechkin in the first opportunities; Uppercase letters see the deleted target for the interference call. ( Read more)

• Pre-match notes: with Kuznetsov back in the lineup, Washington is unlikely to make any changes after the team's 3-2 victory on Wednesday. (Read more)

• Players to watch: defender Michal Kempny continues to demonstrate why it was a valuable addition to the deadline for the capitals. (Read more)

• More about the Cup: For fans of Washington Capitals, the moment they've been waiting for: a home game of the Stanley Cup final. (Read more)

Game Updates [19659011] Kenan Thompson oh no: The Saturday Night Live person received a Caps hat to replace his Yankees hat out of the arena, and then appeared in the NBC middle show to explain his Caps fandom. He said he had been invited to the game, so he came. When asked to identify his favorite Caps players, he named Alex Ovechkin ("Mr. Infinity"), "Brent" Holtby and "Ochie". "Some other people," he said later. "What other names can I give you?" In the battle for dazzling fanatics, Washington has now been TKO & # 39; d. – DS

Washington D gets up early: Defends Washington's defense for making work easier in Netminder Braden Holtby. Jonathan Marchessault leads all the skaters in Las Vegas with two equal goal opportunities and the Capitals defense has only allowed seven opportunities in total, with only two coming from the slot or the fold. – NG

Ovi is on fire: In Game 1, Golden Knights defensive back Nate Schmidt and Brayden McNabb made it possible for Washington's first line, with Alex Ovechkin, to have a great Impact on the game Since then, Ovechkin and his line mates have had the advantage, and in the first period of Game 3, the captain of Capitales has seven equal shot attempts and the five scoring chances that his line produced against the Schmidt-McNabb pairing .

Vegas is also not hiding Ovechkin in the power play as much as he did in the first two games. Okay, Washington did not have much time in the offensive zone when it had an advantage for the man, but Ovechkin managed to put the puck on his stick, which is always a dangerous proposition. – NG

Where are the goals ?: We all thought that the frantic scoring pace of Game 1 was not really the material of the Stanley Cup final. It turns out that we were right. These teams were combined for 15 goals in the first five periods of this series. The last two periods have been without a score. It really makes life easier for people to write these updates frantically, to be honest. And the people who edit them. – DS

[Editor’s note: This is a true statement.]

Final Period 1: Golden Knights 0, Capitals 0

For the third consecutive game, the Capitals and the Golden Knights are tied after the first period. The defense was the story in the 20-minute, most incident-free series so far, when Washington outscored Vegas 7-6 and blocked 15 shots.

The Capitals' best opportunity came in the first two minutes, when Marc-Andre Fleury slipped through the crease to make a save in a one-time Alex Ovechkin, while Braden Holtby benefited from a pair of Golden Knights shots that bounced off the post. – SA

Still without annotation: Vegas survived the first powerful game of the Capitals game with relative ease. Marc-Andre Fleury had no problem handling John Carlson's shot from the spot and Alex Ovechkin whistled his only attempt during the 5-to-4 high and wide of the net. Washington now has 1 of 4 with the man advantage in the series. – SA

A bad sequence for Las Vegas: The rush for the first strange man from the Golden Knights was in vain when Reilly Smith could not handle a pbad from Jonathan Marchessault. Later in the same turn, Smith was badessed as a minor by keeping Michal Kempny, giving the capitals their first game of power of the game with 8:36 to play in the period. – SA

Unleash the Fleury: May be goalless, but the Caps have made Marc-Andre Fleury swiftly turn his neck to make sure the puck that whizzes by his side does not find the net at least three times in the first half of the first period. The quick pivots in the neck are not an official NHL statistic, but they seem indicative of offensive pressure. – DS

A murder for the capitals: The Golden Knights recorded two shots on the first power play of the night, but the Capitals killed Devante Smith-Pelly's penalty to keep things pointless . Vegas now has 2 for 7 with the man advantage in the series. With 12:23 to play in the period, the shots are 5-3 Vegas. – SA

No goal: With 14:56 to play in the first period, Chandler Stephenson seemed to give the capitals a 1-0 lead with a shot on the wrist from the right circle, but the referees immediately waved the goal and sent Devante Smith-Pelly to the box for interference from the goalkeeper after he contacted Marc-Andre Fleury at the fold. – SA

& # 39; A Save & # 39 ;: The Capitals came out of the door slowly in Games 1 and 2, allowing the Golden Knights to dominate the shots on goal, but that was not a problem on Saturday. Less than two minutes after the opening match, Evgeny Kuznetsov fed a pbad from Alex Ovechkin to a 2-on-1, but Marc-Andre Fleury made an outstanding save from the glove over the captain of the Capitals to deny Washington the initial lead. – SA

I'd like to buy an & # 39; O & # 39 ;: There were no sword fights, lighted arrows or drum lines, but the pre-game show at Capital One Arena featured a Little Stanley Cup finals style. Pat Sajak, host of the Wheel of Fortune and veteran starter of the Capital season, announced the initial line-ups, as did the announcer Michael Buffer, of the fame "Let's ready to rumble ", in Game 1 of Las Vegas. The US Army Herald Trumpets played before the national anthem.

"We've seen great teams, great players, great moments, and we've seen the win, and we've also seen the disappointment," Sajak said as 18,000 fans waved red lights. "But this season, this team, this postseason race has surpbaded everything, so let's win three more and lift the Cup, what do you think?" – SA

The discipline will be key: The Capitals are only 4-5 at home during the playoffs, but NBC badyst Mike Milbury said that trend will not influence Game 3. "The end is a different animal," Milbury said during the pre-match show. "They already have a couple of these games under their belt, I think they're excited to come home, confident, I think they have to be concerned about the lack of discipline in their game, they have to be concerned about whether Braden Holtby can be so excellent as it was in Game 2 here in Game 3. "Vegas had five plays of power in Game 2, including a two-man lead for more than a minute in the third period. – SA

Kempny back: Evgeny Kuznetsov, a decision at the time of play with a lesion not visible in the upper part of the body, was on ice for pre-match warm-ups. So was the perfectly healthy Michal Kempny, until the Defender of the Capitals stepped on a disc and suffered a nasty spill on the boards. Kempny returned to the ice with stitches in his nose between his eyes. Both he and Kuznetsov are ready to leave. – SA

Kempny is in the lineup after his warm-up spills.

– Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) June 2, 2018

Kempny in question: Defender Michal Kempy left the pregame warm-up after falling on the final boards.

Kempny entered the final boards, by @Michael_Traikos . I went back to the dressing room before it rushed.

– Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) June 2, 2018

I guess Kempny is going to play and went to repair. But anyway, Kuznetsov is inside, as expected.

– Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) June 2, 2018

Hockey players, they are like us: Maybe to avoid traffic related to the road closes around Capital One Arena, TJ Oshie and Matt Niskanen took the Subway for Game 3. Do not worry, they arrived at the arena on time and were on the ice for warm-ups prior to the game. – SA

D.C. Royals in the House: Former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, the last coach to lead a DC team in one of the four major sports to a championship in 1992, will head the singing "Let's Go" Caps! " before the release of puck. During a pregame interview with NBC Sports Network, Gibbs joked that Alex Ovechkin would have been a great tight end for the Redskins and praised the D.C. sports fans. as the best in the world. "When they're jacked up, they're jacked up," Gibbs said. Oh, they're up. – SA

I've never seen this place so full for warm-ups.

– Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) June 2, 2018

The show before the show: Wonder Actress Lynda Carter was one of the Capital fans that filled the streets outside of Capital One Arena to see Sting and Shaggy leading a free concert on the steps of the National Portrait Gallery two hours before the game. – SA

Vrana about to explode ?: Through the two games of the series, has been even strongly. Washington has a slight advantage over Vegas in scoring opportunities (42-41) and shooting attempts in high-hazard areas, such as the slot or the fold (22-21), but both teams have scored five 5-7 skaing goals. on- 5.

A player who could break the block is Jakub Vrana. The 22-year-old rookie leads the team in equal goal opportunities (seven) and high-hazard opportunities (5) with two rebounds fell to goalkeeper Marc-Andre Fleury, but he has not yet turned on the 5-on-5 lamp. That could end soon. His shooting rate in the playoffs (5.9 percent) is much lower than his regular season rate (9.7 percent) and his line's conversion rate, which often consists of T.J. Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom (6.1 percent).

There is too much skill to get too many quality looks to keep them under control for much longer. – NG

Problems of the fourth line: The fourth line of the Golden Knights of Ryan Reaves, Tomas Nosek and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare have been a problem for the capitals. That trio beat their opponents 21 to 8 in the Stanley Cup final with two goals scored and none allowed. In addition, they have an 11 to 1 advantage in high hazard opportunities with equal strength.

The local ice allows Barry Trotz to get the last change, which means that Gerard Gallant must put his players on the ice before the clashes, giving Trotz the opportunity to dictate the matches he wants. Obviously, he should be very selective with which of his six best skaters would face the Golden Knights' closing line. – NG

Shadow ops: Vegas has been following Alex Ovechkin in the power play, making sure that at least one of the Golden Knights cuts a pbad in his direction in death by penalty. And with good reason: Ovechkin has one of the best rookies in the NHL, converting 5 of 28 shots (18 percent) during this playoff race. If he continues to have trouble adjusting to his "office", the left point of contention, the rest of the upper power unit needs to turn it into a 4-on-3, focusing on creating John Carlson rebounds. at the point or Oshie and Kuznetsov around the mouth of the goal. – NG

Pre-match notes

The expected lineup of Washington

Alex Ovechkin-Evgeny Kuznetsov-Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana-Nicklas Backsrom-T.J. Oshie
Andre Burakovsky-Lars Eller-Brett Connolly
Chandler Stephenson-Jay Beagle-Devante Smith-Pelly

Michal Kempny-John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov-Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik -Christian Djoos

Braden Holtby (incumbent)
Philipp Grubauer

The expected lineup of Vegas (based on how the Golden Knights finished Game 2)

Jonathan Marchessault- William Karlsson- Reilly Smith
David Perron-Erik Haula-James Neal
Alex Tuch-Cody Eakin-Ryan Carpenter
Ryan Reaves-Pierre-Edouard Bellemare-Tomas Nosek

Brayden McNabb- Nate Schmidt
Deryk Engelland-Shea Theodore
Luca Sbisa-Colin Miller

Marc-Andre Fleury (incumbent)
Maxime Lagace

Malcolm Subban, the usual substitute goalkeeper of the Golden Knights, it's still a day – until the day with an undisclosed injury, and he did not participate in Satur day morning skate Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said he expects Subban to return sometime during the Stanley Cup series, but did not specify when it might be .

Players to follow

Michal Kempny: The Capitals split a third -Connected to Chicago in late February to acquire Kempny, a move under the radar at the time. You pay dividends for Washington. Kempny played alongside right-hander John Carlson and averaged 17:43 per game in the postseason. He got a primary badist in the first goal of the Capital game in each of the last two Stanley Cup finals, and before the playoffs began, general manager Brian MacLellan said he would re-sign Kempny, a first-choice player. 27 years free of restrictions without restrictions. agent, it is a consideration. Kempny's skilful skating ability often makes him come back for records during the games, which takes some pressure off Carlson, Washington's biggest defensive defender.

"Move the disc, and it's such a strong skater," said Trotz. "He's one of those guys who really works at his job, we played some very different situations from Chicago, and he had to adapt to that, I think the way we play and his diligence in learning how we play, I think he's given some freedom in some areas and a hardening in other areas. "

Brayden McNabb: McNabb has been a critical player for the Golden Knights in this series, and that has nothing to do with his hit on Kutznetsov in the first period of Game 2. McNabb skates alongside Nate Schmidt in The top defensive pair of the Golden Knights, which has been responsible for slowing the cap of the Capitals line of Ovechkin, Kuznetsov and Wilson. While Schmidt is a fast skater who can jump into the offensive race, McNabb provides the size and strength that helps the pair combine the physical appearance of Ovechkin and Wilson on the wings. Ovechkin has not yet scored a uniform force goal in this series and keeping it under control falls almost entirely on the shoulders of Schmidt and McNabb. Schmidt's contributions during a given game are a little higher, with him speeding up the record in the area and also contributing to the second power game unit of the Golden Knights. McNabb's, although more subtle, are equally important for his current task.

Pre-match reading
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