The Vegas Golden Knights were on a run for the ages at the outset of the Stanley Cup Finals. However, four games into the series, the NHL’s Cinderella team is now faced with elimination. For the first time in the playoffs, the Golden Knights are at Brink in Game 5 of the Finals.Will they rebound or succumb to the powers of Ovi and the Capitals?
It seems as though all of Vegas’ magic has dried up. Through four games against the Washington Capitals, the Golden Knights haven’t had a bit of puck luck.
They’ve hit countless posts, missed wide open goals and the likely playoff MVP, Marc-Andre Fleury has looked pedestrian at best. But this is a team that has surprised the hockey world all season; maybe this is another surprise in the making.
The Capitals would disagree. They’ve been every bit the complete team that the hockey world has been waiting for. Team Captain, Alex Ovechkin, has never looked better. He’s played a defensively-responsible game all series, while continuing to score clutch goals. In addition, Ovechking leads the team in goals with 14 to go along with 12 assists.
With Ovi and Caps’ goaltender, Braden Holtby, at the top of their games, it appears as though Washington has solved the mystery of the Vegas Golden Knights. Game 5 is this Thursday at 8 PM ET and Lord Stanley’s Cup will be in attendance.
NHL Odds: Kuznetsov Carries the Caps
After suffering an apparent arm injury that resulted in Evgeny Kuznetsov leaving Game 2, the alarm bells rang in Washington. But the team’s leading point producer returned for Game 3 and showed everyone he was just fine, scoring a goal and an assist. The first line center has elevated his game at the most important time of the year and has his club one win away from the Cup.
The Golden Knights haven’t been able to respond to the play of Capitals’ first line. The once lethal combination of Jonathan Marchessault, Reilly Smith and William Karlsson have been invisible against the Caps. If Vegas has any hope of extending this series, that trio will need to come to play on Thursday.
Furthermore, according to how to be a bookie for dummies, star players are making the difference in the Stanley Cup Final. Will the Capitals close out the series and end the Golden Knights’ magical run? Let’s find out tonight!