Story highlights: Caps – Vegas Latest: The Washington Capitals took down the Vegas Golden Knights 6-2 in Game 4. The Caps are now one win away from their first ever Stanley Cup.
By Bill Sands
T.J. Oshie had a goal and two assists, John Carlson scored a power-play goal, and Evgeny Kuznetsov had four assists as the Washington Capitals dominated the Vegas Golden Knights (for most of the game) en route to winning Game 4 by a score of 6-2. The Capitals now enjoy a 3-1 series lead.
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Despite the Caps having all the momentum after a big Game 3 win, it was Vegas who came out flying. The Knights generated multiple scoring chances in the opening minutes, including James Neal missing a wide-open net with John Carlson in the penalty box. That miss will likely be the stuff of nightmares for Neal in coming weeks.
Oshie, Wilson, Smith-Pelley All Score
As they’ve done so many times this postseason, the Caps took advantage of the their opponent’s missed opportunities and converted on their own chances. Oshie picked up a Kuznetsov rebound and deftly kicked the puck to his stick before shoveling it over Marc-Andre Fleury’s pad to give the home team the lead. Kuznetsov got another primary assist after he and Tom Wilson worked a give-and-go to perfection. Devante Smith-Pelley added another goal with just 20 seconds left in the period to give Washington a 3-0 lead at the break.
Vegas Couldn’t Buy A Goal
From then on, the Golden Knights simply couldn’t buy a goal. There were several missed chances from numerous players and a post whacking from Brayden McNabb – but no conversions for Vegas. Capitals’ netminder Braden Holtby stood tall in net and kept the score at 3-0. Carlson, set up in Alex Ovechkin’s usual spot on the power-play, blasted a pass from Kuznetsov over Fleury’s glove to make it 4-0.
Kempny Shines Again
Vegas finally broke through and got two quick goals in the third, but any rally was quickly stifled when Michal Kempny made it 5-2 Caps off a a nice feed from Nicklas Backstrom. It was another strong game from Kempny, who has proven to be one of the best trade deadline acquisitions in recent years.
Brett Connolly added a 5-on-3 goal with just over a minute left to officially ice the game. McNabb and Ryan Reaves did their best to rough up the Caps and get some momentum for Game 5 with a couple of nasty slashes to the backs of Caps players’ legs, but that just illustrated the Golden Knights’ growing frustration and desperation. Wilson was thrown the gauntlet a few times in Game 4 but kept his discipline. Only once the win was secure for Washington did the Caps’ enforcer take a matching minor in response to Reaves’ latest poking of the bear.
The Stanley Cup will be in the building on Thursday night; can the Capitals close it out and bring Washington its first title in a long, long time?