Vegas made a living this season – one that includes a stunning Pacific Division crown and a 12-3 record through the first three rounds of the playoffs – with a high-octane offence predicated on speed and relentless puck pressure.
“At least five of the six goals were wide-open nets”, Gallant said.
Merritt’s grandmother surprised the teen hockey player with tickets last week and he immediately started brainstorming ways to localize the tradition of fans throwing objects on the ice. “I think as you get older too if you don’t change certain things like the way you train or the way you play, you’re going to get pushed out, so you have to be able to adapt”.
“We want to clean those up to keep improving because we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, we want to keep pushing forward”.
“Again, it was about coming to play and enjoying our time and working hard and giving ourselves a chance to win”.
The Golden Knights will be hard-pressed to pull it together in a hurry, so back the Capitals to hold them in check once again here.
The Vegas Golden Knights have long embraced their status as unheralded underdogs, from their very first game as an National Hockey League expansion team in October through their stunning dismantling of Winnipeg in the Western Conference Final.
The Capitals appeared to be doing in Game 4 Monday night in Washington what they did against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Games 6 and 7 of the Eastern Conference championship.
For weeks, coach Barry Trotz and Capitals teammates have said that this season, more than any season, Ovechkin has led by example and played his most complete game.
“We’ve gotta step up our game”.
Holtby got some good fortune from the post on shots by Alex Tuch, Neal and Brayden McNabb.
The Capitals made no such mistake when their first big chance presented itself on the power-play with Oshie burying a rebound of an Evgeny Kuznetsov shot past Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury almost 10 minutes into the opening period. We missed an open net.
“Not the way you wanted to start your morning”, he said. “We’ve proved it that we’re very good on the road and we’re going to go there and put our best effort in there”.
He was especially great through the first 40 minutes and left the Knights completely frustrated when the output numbers suggested that they probably should’ve been winning.
“I’ve never been there”, Kuznetsov said after just the fourth four-assist game in Cup Final history. They have not lost four straight at any point.
“It probably changes the game”, Neal said. “On those plays, there was no chance for [Marc-Andre Fleury] to make those saves”. Ovechkin, no longer just a one-way player, also did an admirable job backchecking and blocking shots.
In the first five minutes of the game, he had the puck on his stick and was staring at an empty net. Make sure we’re paying attention to the guys behind the puck and away from the puck.
Gerard Gallant is the kind of guy you’d love to sit down and have a beer with.
Wilson made it 2-0 with 3:34 left in the period when he intercepted a pass by Vegas defenceman Deryk Engelland after an offensive zone draw and worked a slick give-and-go with Kuznetsov to beat Fleury for his fifth.