Washington Capitals on verge of Stanley Cup after blowing out Golden Knights

Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch shoots during practice at Capital One Arena in Washington on Friday

Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch shoots during practice at Capital One Arena in Washington on Friday

"At the end of the day, you've got to bury them".

With Kuznetsov and goaltender Braden Holtby leading the way, the Washington Capitals are a win away from capturing the first title in their 43rd season after routing the Vegas Golden Knights 6-2 on Monday night to take a commanding 3-1 series lead.

Word of the Clark County Commission's plans to throw a parade for the Golden Knights - win or lose - leaked before Monday's Game 4. We can look at each individual series-to-date for a glimpse at that, and I think there are two notable takeaways.

Evgeny Kuznetsov smiled about getting four assists.

T.J. Oshie had three points (a goal and two assists) for Washington and he was a dominant physical presence in this game. He was again quiet in Game 3, and they will need more of the Game 2 effort to pull this off. He finished with 28 saves.

Holtby has given up four goals in the last three games.

I think you can make the argument that Marchessault has been Vegas' best player and maybe the best player on the ice (no player has generated more risky shots than him on either side), but on the other end of the spectrum is their big goal-scorer in William Karlsson. "Obviously, the defense was awesome tonight".

John Carlson made it 4-0 in the second period but Vegas narrowed the deficit through James Neal and Reilly Smith in the third.

The game's final minutes were chippy with several post-whistle scrums.

"It's the Final", Vegas forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare said.

So we know that Washington has been quite effective - particularly in the last two games - at limiting those "Grade A" chances by Vegas.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Washington Capitals in Game 4 of Stanley Cup Final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Capital One Arena. Now, the expansion darlings are in danger of falling short of their ultimate goal unless they can put together three consecutive victories. Head coach Gerard Gallant is considering making alterations to his lineup. He plays the game like everybody else.

Ok, so the Golden Knights have been around for less than a year, but is it too early to ask for the "Old" Knights to come back?

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"We've lost games before, we've lost games in the playoffs and we've bounced back", Reaves said.

The ugly numbers behind 3-1.

Barring a comeback of historic proportions - an unlikely occurrence after being outscored 12-5 over the past three games - the Golden Knights will always remember this series for "The Stick" and "The Post".

"Close but everyone here knows the fourth game is the toughest trying to close a team out", Smith-Pelly said.

"We don't dwell on the game before, let alone things that happened in years past", Oshie said. "So they're quite valuable in series where there's a lot of net pressure and a lot of low play".

After Wilson scored at 16:26, Smith-Pelly's goal came with just 20.5 seconds to play in the opening period.

He eventually got on the board with the Knights' first goal of the night.

The Golden Knights look much quicker on offense than in Game 3, when they took only 22 shots. "We've got to be good defensively".

Gallant is contemplating personnel changes to spark his sagging second and third lines - with Tomas Tatar and/or Oscar Lindberg the most likely to dress in Game 4.

"A lot of kids playing hockey in Canada never got the chance to play in the NHL", Lalonde said. Full stop: This is not to suggest that Marc-Andre Fleury deserves to be the fall guy, but the difference between the Cup final and the other three series is Fleury is not giving his team that momentum-changing stop when it needs it and he's not stealing games the way he was when he was putting together a Conn Smythe Trophy portfolio in previous rounds.

Added Trotz: "As a coach, you want your top player to set the tone, and he did with his intensity, his physicality, all the details". The Golden Knights instead selected defenseman Jon Merrill.

Vegas' road record in the playoffs fell to 6-4.

In the tighter-checking Stanley Cup Final, the Golden Knights have not been able to match the Capitals' ability to make the big plays when needed most.

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