They also have history on their side in that only one National Hockey League team has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit in the Cup Final and won, and it hasn't happened for 76 years. With home-field advantage and the added hype that comes with a Panic!
The remarkable Golden Knights hadn't lost four consecutive games in their entire inaugural season before the Caps rolled them. Marc-Andre Fluery has regressed at the worst possible time after bailing the Golden Knights out multiple times in the first three rounds. According to SportsInsights.com, 72 percent of all bets are on the over.
Tuch and Brooks Orpik got into a scuffle behind the net immediately after the goal was scored, one that soon involved most players on the ice and took several minutes to sort out.
Both teams came out aggressive in Game 5, but remained scoreless in the first period. Anything else, and the Capitals will be raising the Cup tonight.
Washington outshot Vegas 10-7 in the first period. The Capitals are a +125 underdog, while the over-under is set at 5.5 goals.
- Going with Vegas on this one, just as I said in the other one.
Washington regained the lead, 2-1, just 34 seconds later on a power-play goal by Ovechkin, his franchise-record 15th tally of the playoffs.
This series could get complicated.
Shea Theodore - Theodore has been one of the best defenders for Vegas throughout the year and in the playoffs...up until this point.
If there were odds on blocked shots, I'd lay the house on Washington. With their season on the line and no more losses to spare, Vegas will look to give Washington their best game of the series Thursday night.
This has been a tough series, mostly because we think we know this Capitals team because we've seen them in the playoffs so many times.
Walker spoke exclusively to Wide World of Sports prior to his side's Stanley Cup heroics about what it would mean to him to be apart of a championship-winning team. They did the same thing for Game 3 of the Cup Final trying to avoid the various delays and road closures surrounding the arena. But Vegas played really well in Game 4, and in some non-scoring aspects deserved to win that game.
With the Stanley Cup in the building at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday, a two-time Cup victor took in the game as well.