Las Vegas vs Capitals Game 2 Recap May 30 2018
Braden Holtby made 37 saves, including a sensational stop in the final minutes of regulation, to help the Capitals earn their first-ever win in the Stanley Cup Final and even their series against the Golden Knights at 1-1.
Teams winning Game 2 have gone on to hoist the Stanley Cup 74.4% of the time since the Final went to the best-of-seven format in 1939 (58-of-78 series), but only five times in the past nine years.
CAPITALS NEAR NHL RECORD WITH ANOTHER ROAD WIN
The Capitals improved to 9-3 as visitors during the postseason, outscoring opponents 43-28. Only four teams in NHL history have earned more road wins in a single playoff year:
Washington has gone 20 games (regular season and playoffs) without consecutive losses as visitors, last doing so Feb. 22 – March 8 (0-4-0).
The Capitals handed the Golden Knights their second loss on home ice this postseason (7-2) and first in regulation at T-Mobile Arena since March 28 vs. ARI (3-2 L).
Nearly 14,500 fans packed Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., to watch Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.
ORPIK ENDS DROUGHT WITH WINNING GOAL
Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik snapped a 220-game goal drought (regular season and playoffs) – the longest active such streak in the NHL – with his tally midway through the second period. Orpik, the only Washington player with Stanley Cup Final experience entering the series, went 181 regular-season and 39 playoff games since scoring his last goal (Feb. 26, 2016 vs. MIN).
Orpik recorded his third game-winning goal in 1,128 career NHL appearances (982 in the regular season, 146 in the playoffs). His two other such tallies: May 11, 2013 at NYI (w/ PIT) and Feb. 20, 2016 vs. NJD.
ELLER STEPS UP IN KUZNETSOV’S ABSENCE
Washington forward Lars Eller registered 1-2—3 after teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov, the League’s top postseason scorer (11-14—25 in 21 GP), left the game due to injury. It marked Eller’s third career three-point performance in the playoffs (71 GP), all in Game 2s this year (also SR vs. PIT: 0-3—3 and CF at TBL: 1-2—3).
Eller also stepped up in place of Nicklas Backstrom earlier this postseason, collecting 2-3—5 during his four-game absence May 7-15. He has 6-11—17 in 21 playoff contests this year, nearly matching his 50-game total prior to 2018 (6-17—23).
OVECHKIN MOVES WITHIN ONE GOAL OF FRANCHISE RECORD
Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his 13th goal of the playoffs (13-11—24 in 21 GP), one shy of the single-year franchise record established by John Druce in 1990 (14-3—17 in 15 GP).
Ovechkin, who ranks second in the League in points this postseason, paces all players with 9-8—17 on the road (12 GP), the most by anyone since 2016 (Brent Burns: 6-11—17 in 12 GP).
WASHINGTON VICTORY GUARANTEES LACK OF SWEEP
With Washington’s victory, there will not be a sweep in the Stanley Cup Final for a record 19th consecutive season (since 1998 DET: 4-0 W vs. WSH). The longest prior such streak (since the Stanley Cup Final went to the best-of-seven format in 1939) was seven straight series, from 1953-59 and 1961-67.
TEAMS COMBINE FOR 15 GOALS IN OPENING TWO GAMES
The Golden Knights (8) and Capitals (7) totaled 15 goals in Games 1 and 2, the most combined goals in the opening two contests of the Stanley Cup Final since 1982 (21 – NYI: 12, VAN: 9).
GOLDEN KNIGHTS AGAIN SCORE EARLY
The Golden Knights scored the opening goal of the game – all in the first period – for the ninth time in as many contests at T-Mobile Arena this postseason. Six of those have been recorded in the opening 8 minutes of the game:
Game 1 vs. LAK: 3:23 of 1st (Shea Theodore)
Game 2 vs. LAK: 14:47 of 1st (Alex Tuch)
Game 1 vs. SJS: 4:31 of 1st (Cody Eakin)
Game 2 vs. SJS: 17:59 of 1st (William Karlsson)
Game 5 vs. SJS: 19:57 of 1st (James Neal)
Game 3 vs. WPG: 0:35 of 1st (Jonathan Marchessault)
Game 4 vs. WPG: 2:25 of 1st (William Karlsson)
Stanley Cup Final
Game 1 vs. WSH: 7:15 of 1st (Colin Miller)
Game 2 vs. WSH: 7:58 of 1st (James Neal)
THE GREAT ONE ON ONE NEWEST ADDITION TO PLAYOFF ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP
The first episode of The Great One on One, a multiplatform video series featuring NHL legend Wayne Gretzky in conversation with Hollywood stars and notable hockey fans, debuted Tuesday. In the premiere, Gretzky chats with actor David Boreanaz about hockey memories and the real-life aspects of Boreanaz’s show, SEAL Team.
A conversation with actor Jon Hamm (Mad Men, The Town, Baby Driver) debuts today. The first season of the show will close with actor Taylor Kitsch (Waco, Friday Night Lights, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), with more episodes coming in the fall.
In the eighth installment of Hockey 101 with Snoop Dogg, the rapper explains hockey traditions like handshakes and catfish.
Overlooking a crowd of thousands gathered outside T-Mobile Arena, the second episode of Stanley Cup Live featured appearances from Jon Taffer, Terry Fator and performers from Cirque du Soleil. The pregame celebration continued inside, where Imagine Dragons opened Game 2 with a concert for the record sellout crowd of 18,702.
Don Cherry try’s to convince Bettman to bring the @NHL to Quebec… 😂
— David Nestico (@davidnestico200) May 31, 2018