Alex Ovechkin has his first Stanley Cup Final goal

The craziest things put in the Stanley Cup and 12 other questions answered by its keeper

The craziest things put in the Stanley Cup and 12 other questions answered by its keeper

Andre Burakovsky chipped in with two assists of his own as the Capitals won their first-ever game in a Stanley Cup final.

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

There's been bone-crunching hits and spilled blood, game-winning goals from unlikely heroes and so many lead changes and momentum swings that you'd be a fool to switch channels even a second before the final buzzer.

Should that happen, the National Hockey League will likely see the hottest outdoor temperature ever recorded at a Final game - as well as a rink full of slushy, melting ice.

NHL Network is doing extensive on-site coverage of the Stanley Cup Final, with NHL Now, NHL Tonight, and pre- and post-game shows on game nights, featuring a lineup of analysts that includes E.J. Hradek, Mike Johnson, Brian Lawton, Barry Melrose, Mike Rupp, and Kevin Weekes.

Game 3 against Vegas Golden Knights is at Capital One Arena on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). And Jay Beagle, hobbling to the bench after blocking a shot that formally ended the Golden Knights' aforementioned man advantage, their last true gasp.

Evgeny Kuznetsov left Game 2 with 5:18 left to go in the first period after taking a big hit from Vegas defender Brayden McNabb and did not return. "You see that kind of develop in your mind, you're thinking there's no way that bounces to them across the crease and then comes back across". They lost Kuznetsov. They refused to lose the game.

"I'm excited", said Ovechkin, who waited 13 seasons to make the third round, let alone play at home in the final.

"Our team does a really great job of not letting the game get too big for us", Schmidt said. The goaltender committed to Eakin, who fed the puck to Tuch.

"I think this group has learned so much".

"The hit on Kuzy. we thought it was high", said Trotz.

"I think they got energy from that, I think they were pissed off, that's how sports go", Vegas forward Erik Haula said. "There's some areas that we've still go to adjust, but it was a step forward".

Washington's excellent power play finally got a chance early in the second period, and Ovechkin scored a vintage goal with his powerful shot from a sharp angle. The Caps avoided any hotheaded retaliation and concentrated on a gritty effort that was enough to even the series.

The Golden Knights were outshooting the Capitals 10-2 in the final period of regulation only to be denied time and time again by Holtby.

And, Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final has a tough act to follow. All of those nine goals have come in the first period, and six of them have come in the opening eight minutes.

At Vegas Sportsbooks around the city, they are stuck between wanting the team to win and not wanting them to win because a Stanley Cup in Vegas means a massive loss for them.

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