The Washington Capitals evened the Stanley Cup Final last night with an impressive 3-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights. The Knights jumped out to a 1-0 lead when James Neal controlled a pass from Luca Sbisa, and fire a shot past Washington’s Braden Holtby. It was Neal’s 5th goal of the post-season, and got the home crowd even more fired up.
The Capitals would even the score about 10 minutes later. In a 4-on-4 situation, the Capitals won the face-off in the offensive zone, worked the puck around with great passing, and Lars Eller got a wide open look at the net. Eller’s goal came off assists from Michal Kempny and Andre Burakovsky. That would do it for an exciting first period.
Washington struck first in the second period, and had a man advantage thanks to the 2-minute Cross-checking penalty called on Vegas’ Alex Tuch. Nicklas Backstrom found Eller, who found Alex Ovechkin in his favorite spot, open on the back side of the net, and Ovi put it away for his 13th of the post-season.
Just a few minutes later, Brooks Orpik scored his first goal of the post-season to give Washington a 3-1 lead. He was assisted by Eller and Burakovksy, the puck may have been deflected on the ice, but found it’s way behind Marc-Andre Fleury. Washington’s T.J. Oshie was sent off for interference, and Vegas scored a power-play goal.
Shea Theodore scored his 3rd goal of the post-season, as he shot the puck towards the net from the top of the zone, bringing the Knights to within one goal. The Knights had a 5-on-3 opportunity early in the third period, but couldn’t convert. The Capitals defense was too much and Holtby was a brick wall. With about two minutes left, Holtby made one of the best saves of anybody all season. You’ll see that one later in the article. Washington would finish the job and take Game Two by a 3-2 score. Game Three is in Washington on Saturday.
The Cincinnati Reds found their way back into the win column yesterday with a 7-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Adam Duvall was just 1-5 on the day, but knocked in 4 RBI. Joey Votto went 3-5 and Eugenio Suarez went 3-4. The Reds are now 20-37 on the season.
The Cleveland Indians continue to roll, this time after a 9-1 beatdown of the Chicago White Sox. The Indians held a 7-0 lead after just three innings, and the pitching was dominant all day. Corey Kluber pitched 6 innings, striking out 10 batters and not walking anybody or allowing a run. The Indians improve to 29-25 on the year and have won 5 games in a row.
Your Top Play of the Day comes from Braden Holtby, saving the game and potentially the entire series for the Capitals. With two minutes left in Vegas, the Golden Knights got an incredible look at a game-tying goal. Holtby had other ideas.
Check out the save of the century from Braden Holtby
— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) May 31, 2018
In today’s action, the Cleveland Cavaliers travel to the Bay Area to take on the Golden State Warriors in Game One of the NBA Finals. The Warriors are highly favored, but the Cavs have the best player in the world in LeBron James. That game tips-off at 9:00pm on ABC. The Memorial Tournament gets underway today, as some of the PGA TOUR’s best have made their way to Columbus. The Indians begin a series in Minnesota with the Twins tonight, and the Reds are off today, before starting a series in San Diego with the Padres tomorrow.