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Tom Wilson laid out Vegas Jonathan Marchessault with a huge late hit

Trotz gave no postgame update on Kuznetsov's condition.

Vegas drew first blood at just under eight minutes in the first on a James Neal tally before Shea Theodore ended a three goal Washington burst with a power play goal at 17:47.

While it's highly likely that he's a step or two slower, he's always been a crucial guy for his National Hockey League teams, from his do-everything days with the Atlanta Thrashers to his impressive, too-short run with the New Jersey Devils. So how are the Capitals keeping their eyes on the prize during the Stanley Cup final and not getting led into temptation in Sin City?

The series against the Golden Knights, tied 1-1 after the Caps' 3-2 win in Las Vegas, shifts to Washington now.

The Golden Knights got the first goal of the game again on Wednesday, marking the ninth time in nine games this postseason that they've struck first on home ice.

Kuznetsov has been fairly durable throughout his career, something that Trotz has seen first-hand in his four years behind Washington's bench. They lost Kuznetsov. They refused to lose the game. "We're going to play well and work hard and compete hard".

For the newbies, the futures book represents betting on teams to reach a certain milestone, like win a championship - rather than winning one specific game.

"Nick has gone out or Kuzy has been out, Lars has elevated his game and comes up in a more prominent role", Trotz said.

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Neither could this fan, watching the game with 14,000 of his closest friends at Capital One Arena.

The team that General Manager George McPhee assembled in the first expansion draft of the salary-cap era capitalized on underappreciated assets, onerous contracts and what he called "unknown surprises" - players who would develop into mainstays.

"I think I was past surprising when they finished first in their conference". They've gotten so resilient. I think you'd be hard-pressed to find somebody who's rooting for the Capitals no matter how good they are. "There's some areas that we've still go to adjust, but it was a step forward".

A player who is behind an opponent: ✅ ...who does not have the puck: ✅ ...must skate in order to gain or reestablish his proper position in order to make a check: ✅.

The Caps then got a thoroughly unlikely contribution from Orpik, whose deflected shot bounced fortuitously off the ice and beat Fleury. Orpik, the grinding veteran forward with a 2009 Stanley Cup ring from Pittsburgh, hadn't scored since February 26, 2016, adding up to the longest active goal-scoring drought in the National Hockey League.

The Golden Knights trailed 3-2 entering the final 20 minutes but couldn't net the equalizer despite a 15 shot barrage.

NOTES: The first two games of the Final were split for only the third time in the last 13 editions.

A goal from the most unlikely source and a jaw-dropping save has the Washington Capitals back on even terms in the Stanley Cup final. T-Mobile Arena reported 18,702 fans in the sold-out building, setting a franchise record for attendance.

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