Stanley Cup notebook: Caps not giving in to temptations of Vegas

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In the same game, Capitals goalie Braden Holtby made what was likely the save of the playoffs - and according to teammate Jay Beagle, "the save of his lifetime" - when he dove across the crease with his stick to rob Alex Tuch of a sure-fire goal in the final two minutes of the third period.

Physicality has been in the forefront of the Capitals' game all season, and Vegas wants to match it in the Stanley Cup finals. See the lateral pass move from Golden Knights center Cody Eakin to linemate Alex Tuch, his right-handed blade flexed and firing at an empty net.

The Vegas Golden Knights lit the lamp first, scoring midway through the opening period of Game 2 just as they did in the Stanley Cup Final opener.

"To me, it was the hockey gods", said coach Barry Trotz.

And in Game 2 against the Golden Knights, it was Holtby who stopped all 15 shots he faced in the third period - including every attempt during a crucial 5-on-3 penalty kill - that turned this series around. Kuznetsov is one of of only two Caps players (Ovechkin) with double digits in Capitals goals (11) during their Stanley Cup Final run.

The first game of the series was awesome, the story line is great, this is really shaping up to be a good series and I look forward to the game.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

After giving up four goals in the Western Conference finals opener against Winnipeg, the three-time Stanley Cup champion helped the expansion team win four straight against the Jets. You stop at the sports book, get a ticket, go to the game, come back.

Washington's Jakub Vrana nearly restored the two-score lead late in the second period, but hit the right post much to the delight of Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

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The 28-year-old had begun the playoffs as Washington's backup goalie, but he is a big reason why the Capitals have made it further than they had before in 20 years. "I want to be productive and I want to play for the team that trusts in me and I will give them everything I can to make them proud and successful". He had 37 saves for the night.

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.

The Capitals have been nothing short of resilient in this postseason and showed that trait once again in Wednesday's game two to avoid an 0-2 hole heading back home for game three. "Like I said, the more I am out there, the better I feel".

"You've got to try and capitalize on those", Vegas defenseman Luca Sbisa said.

The best-of-seven series is tied at one game each.

"I think I was past surprising when they finished first in their conference". Washington needs three more wins to become the second team in National Hockey League history to win a Cup after trailing in all four postseason rounds, joining Pittsburgh in 1991.

"(That hit) galvanized us as a group", Trotz said.

But the relentless Knights earned a power play and cut the Caps' lead to 3-2 late in the second when Theodore slipped a long shot through heavy traffic.

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