At home in Russia, Alex Ovechkin brings out both love and resentment

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	 		By Elyse Bailey

The Washington Capitals are one win away from the first championship in their 43-year history after routing the Vegas Golden Knights 6-2 on Monday night to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Final.

Washington goes into Vegas knowing they can close out the series and end their 43 year drought with a huge performance by Braden Holtby and a 4 assist game by Evgeny Kuznetsov Washington can feel very confident in knowing that they hold the power in this series which can be closed out Thursday at 8 est in Vegas The Golden Knights need to regroup fast if they want to continue this wonderful run that they have. But they also say that you make your own luck.so go ahead and pick your own narrative, I guess? "I think that's where they really come into play".

"I think it's a great stat when you talk about winning, because it shows you that players are ready to play, ready to compete, ready to battle and do whatever it takes to win", Gallant said.

Reilly Smith posted the second Vegas goal with 7:34 remaining before Kempny gave the Capitals an insurance goal just 73 seconds later.

"It probably changes the game", Neal said. "It's probably a different game after that".

Ovechkin and Capitals overcome final hurdle to win Stanley Cup
The Washington Capitals came from behind to beat the Golden Knights 4-3, and win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. The Washington Capitals have defeated the Vegas Golden Knights , 4-3, to win the franchise's first ever Stanley Cup.

Evgeny Kuznetsov dished out four assists, TJ Oshie, Tom Wilson, Devante Smith-Pelly, John Carlson, Michal Kempny and Brett Connolly scored and Braden Holtby stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced. They spent the last three minutes roaring, "We want the Cup". The only club to rally from such a deficit was the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, who completed a rally from a 3-0 hole against the Detroit Red Wings. "People don't believe we can do stuff that we've done. We hit two posts, we had some good chances and we got nothing out of it". The Vegas Golden Knights started with a clean slate and have some very good players, but if those five Capitals are playing the way they have of late, these Golden Knights have exactly zero answers for it. Then, a tripping penalty in the center of the ice on Colin Miller led to a power play goal and the ceiling caved in from there.

Smith-Pelly's goal came after Nosek's tally, and it allowed the Capitals to have a bit of breathing room in the game's final 6:07. Neal, however, sent the puck off the far post and the Capitals cleared it out of their zone to keep the score at 0-0.

Gallant said he never considered pulling Fleury.

With a league-leading 31 points, Kuznetsov is making a case to be the Conn Smythe Trophy victor as playoff MVP. Holtby got some good fortune from the post on shots by Alex Tuch, Neal and Brayden McNabb.

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

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Somehow, the Capitals have turned around their results at home, winning their past three in Washington after losing five of their first eight. Now they go back on the road with a chance to finish off this improbable run. Max Scherzer and Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals baseball team were introduced as the "Fans of the Game". "Then we try to be too cute, and they thrive on the turnovers".

Unlike the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, who trailed the present-day Capitals 2-1 heading into Monday's crucial Game 4 of this season's best-of-seven Cup final, Washington's original incarnation was set up to fail on the ice from the start.

After playing exactly 3,700 games in their 43-year history, the Washington Capitals can nearly taste the franchise's first Stanley Cup.

The series now shifts back to Las Vegas for a critical Game 5.

The Golden Knights' second line has plenty of firepower with Neal, Erik Haula and David Perron, but have been dominated through three games in the Stanley Cup Final.

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