Capitals enforcer Tom Wilson gets punched in face during Stanley Cup finals

Capitals enforcer Tom Wilson gets punched in face during Stanley Cup finals

The Capitals drew 14,485 at Capital One Arena Wednesday for a watch party of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

The first two games of the Stanley Cup Final were split for only the third time in the last 13 editions of the NHL's final round.

"To me, it was the hockey gods", Washington coach Barry Trotz said. "We urge everyone heading to the nation's capital for the games to take transit, so they can fully enjoy the day".

"I don't know, but the more I am out there the better I feel with the puck, better flow in my game", said Eller, who had a goal and two assists in the win. He missed the Capitals' clinching Game 6, and then the first three games of their series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"Our team does a really great job of not letting the game get too big for us", Schmidt said. "That's one of our strengths".

Game 3 is Saturday at 8 p.m. and Game 4 is Monday at 8 p.m. While his save on Tuch was the most impressive, he kept the Caps in charge with 15 saves in the third period, including a tenacious effort during a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:09 for the Knights.

"I don't know how it's going to be", said Capitals winger T.J. "Maybe the save of a lifetime".

He says backing the expansion team is like backing baseball's Chicago Cubs.

Brayden McNabb, a defenseman for the Vegas Golden Knights, smashed him against the boards with a forceful check. In total, Las Vegas experts estimate collective liability is somewhere between $5 million and $7 million if the Golden Knights win the Cup, thought to be the city's biggest loss on futures betting ever. This season, the Knights have managed to unite the community and made hockey fans around the country take notice.

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Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has a 3.56 goals-against average and.870 save percentage in the two games (seven goals allowed on 54 shots) after a 1.68 GAA and.947 save percentage (27 goals on 505 shots) in the first three rounds of the playoffs. Washington was swept by Detroit in its only other Final appearance, in 1998. Most of the Capitals reported better conditions during practice at T-Mobile on Tuesday - although the arena also wasn't filled with more than 18,575 screaming, sweating people.

"A player who is behind an opponent, who does not have the puck, may not use his stick, body or free hand in order to restrain his opponent, but must skate in order to gain or reestablish his proper position in order to make a check". A number of those penalties came as the result of breakdowns or just straight-up dumb plays that were avoidable.

Trotz created a new verb to offer the explanation when he pointed out the Capitals have largely stayed holed up at their hotel.

"We did a good job all around on a lot of areas", Trotz said. "This group has learned so much". Anything they can put a jersey on, they've got a jersey on; statues, buildings, it's insane.

"I think they got energy from that, I think they were pissed off, that's how sports go", Vegas forward Erik Haula said. "It's another layer of adversity that we have to go through all the time".

The Caps then got a thoroughly unlikely contribution from Orpik, whose deflected shot bounced fortuitously off the ice and beat Fleury.

The persistent Knights earned a power play and cut the Caps' lead to 3-2 late in the second on Theodore's shot through traffic.

The Knights have scored first in all nine of their playoff home games, with each occurring in first period and six coming inside eight minutes.

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