The only team in National Hockey League history to overcome a 3-1 deficit in a final was the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Washington Capitals moved to within one win of a first Stanley Cup in their 43-year history by beating the Las Vegas Golden Knights 6-2 in game four. Neal went on to score early in the third period, but at that point, the damage was done.
Holtby has limited Vegas to a total of five goals in the past three games.
Michal Kempny quickly hit back for Washington before Brett Connolly's powerplay goal with less than two minutes remaining.
The Capitals are looking to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series that continues with Game 5 on Thursday night in Las Vegas.
Smith made it 4-2 at 12:26 with his fourth when the Capitals couldn't clear their zone, but Kempny put any thought of a comeback to bed just 1:13 later when he finished off a nice feed from Backstrom for his second after Oshie delivered a thunderous reverse hit on Miller. T.J. Oshie, Tom Wilson and Devante Smith-Pelly all scored in the first period.
Braden Holtby began the playoffs on the bench.
Through four games of the final, that number sits at.845, but it mostly reflects the loose play in front of him rather than a drop in form.
After a seven-goal regular season, Smith-Pelly has six goals in the playoffs, including potential series daggers in Games 3 and 4 of the final.
Vegas now sits on the brink of elimination despite directing 71 shots towards goal compared to Washington's 41. Game 1 is a mere week passed. "The only team with three President's trophies and no Stanley Cups is the Capitals and that ends this year".
"We've lost games before, we've lost games in the playoffs and we've bounced back", Reaves said. He knows all about the plastic rats in Florida, the octopi in Detroit and the catfish in Nashville.
Merritt bought a crab from a local restaurant before Game 3 and brought it into the arena with hope.
Steve, Natasha, and the twins will watch Game 4 from home.
"They just really wanted to get the season over with". Humboldt Broncos forward Kaleb Dahlgren was also in attendance.
After playing exactly 3,700 games in their 43-year history, the Washington Capitals can nearly taste the franchise's first Stanley Cup. The Golden Knights failed to advance the puck out of the zone, and the Capitals seized the opportunity.More news: Intel's 28-Core 5GHz Processor And Test System Breaks Cover
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The Golden Knights made the game interesting in the final period. "Put some pressure, hit some posts", Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said.
"What happened was obviously pretty negative", Smith-Pelly said. The desperate Golden Knights outchanced the Capitals by a wide margin but fell apart after James Neal clanked a shot off the post instead of hitting a wide-open net early, and the expansion team's Cinderella run could be over in a matter of days.
The Golden Knights held a 50-25 advantage in shot attempts after two periods.
In the first five minutes of the game, he had the puck on his stick and was staring at an empty net.
Washington used a strong first period to set the tone for victory. Upon learning that the subject of the parade was on the agenda, the Golden Knights requested that it be removed. Backstrom missed part of the playoffs due to injuries but has managed to average over one point per game in 18 playoff games.
The atmosphere was electric before the game. It's a team game.
"Everyone's starting to write us off", added teammate David Perron.
But the 10 seconds leading into it also painted these Stanley Cup finals in broad strokes.
"I think it's a great stat when you talk about winning, because it shows you that players are ready to play, ready to compete, ready to battle and do whatever it takes to win", Gallant said.
Perhaps they will fall apart, but the prediction here is that they will respond with strength and goal. The cheapest tickets available on Ticket IQ and StubHub are more than $1,000 each.
The fact that the team had to distance itself from the parade plans on the same night it suffered a blowout loss to drop to 3-1 in the series against Washington didn't help the optics of the situation.
"It was a great stride forward for our team", said Vegas head coach Gerard Gallant, trying to stay positive.
"The kids thought we were air hockey players", the Toronto native said with a laugh.
On the other side of the ice, the Knights find themselves down in a series for the second straight series.
Tatar did score the most goals against the Capitals this season: four in two games with the Red Wings, including an overtime victor.