Capitals vs. Golden Knights, Game 5


Monday, the Capitals used a three-goal barrage in the first period to blast the Vegas Golden Knights, 6-2 in game four of the NHL's Stanley Cup Final.

Just shy of the halfway point in the third period, Caps winger Devante Smith-Pelly scored his seventh goal of the playoffs to tie the game at three goals apiece, and it was assisted by Brooks Orpik.

After 43 seasons, the Washington Capitals are finally sitting on top of hockey. This was their 43rd season. If they can get the win it would secure their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. Alex Ovechkin has led the team on and off the ice, they've rallied around him and bonded as a group.

Andre Burakovsky gathered a loose puck behind the net and found Brett Connolly, who fired a shot at Marc-Andre Fleury.

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Tuch and Brayden McNabb both lined shots off the post after Neal, who scored with just under 16 minutes left to make it 4-1. Teams with a 3-1 advantage in the Cup final have won 31 consecutive series and are 32-1 all-time since 1939.

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Cleveland also sank a Finals-record 24 3-pointers and shot a franchise postseason record 59.8 percent from the field in Game 4. But the Warriors rallied and were helped to a 110-102 win by 43 points from Kevin Durant, as the side took a 3-0 series lead.

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The public address announcer inside T-Mobile Arena wasn't even done announcing that goal before Ovechkin drew a tripping penalty and then scored on a one-time snapshot from the bottom of the left faceoff circle off a pinpoint feed from Nicklas Backstrom to make it 2-1 just 34 second later. The Caps went up 4-0 on a John Carlson goal 15:23 into the second period.

Jakub Vrana opened the scoring with a snipe off the rush at 7:21 before Nate Schmidt tied it up with a shot that banked off the right skate of Capitals defenceman Matt Niskanen and in.

Reilly Smith led the Golden Knights with a power play goal, his fifth of the playoffs, and an assist.