Last night in Las Vegas, the knights tried to fortify their series lead of one game with another win. Things did not go so smoothly for them.
Vegas scored first, with one time Golden Knights scoring leader James Neal making that first strike. Tuesday morning hot lap taker, Lars Eller became the hero this time around by tying up the game ten minutes later.
This game wasn’t going to be easy for the Golden Knights, especially not after Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Orpik scored. Yeah, when a defenseman who hasn’t scored a goal since 2016 nets one on you, things aren’t going your way.
Reset the clock Caps fans! pic.twitter.com/yRCcxpmeHs
— Patrick M.™ (@generationxwing) May 31, 2018
Last Oprik goal of any kind was Feb. 26, 2016.
— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) May 31, 2018
Braden Holtby was on fire.
WHAT A SAVE.
— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) May 31, 2018
Shea Theodore would score one add one more to the goal tally for Vegas late in the second period but the damage was done. Knights fall 3-2.
Shea Theodore with the FLEX 🔥 pic.twitter.com/jnUHrQiKys
— BAUER Hockey (@BauerHockey) May 31, 2018
One thing to add: we know that Tom Wilson needs a watch because he doesn’t seem to understand how to not hit someone late and we now know he needs glasses because he can’t seem to see that a player doesn’t have the puck, didn’t have the puck, and was nowhere near the player.
Tom Wilson interference? Never!! pic.twitter.com/sCGQ7NVCt7
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) May 31, 2018
I guess both of those things are easier to replace than a brain.
Jonathan Marchessault asked about the McNabb hit on Kuznetsov: “At least he had the puck.” Hey oh.
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) May 31, 2018
Kuznetsov hit you say? What Kuznetsov hit?
Capitals' Kuznetsov heads to the locker room after taking this hit along the boards. pic.twitter.com/Ne6OdGxYdM
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 31, 2018
Kusnetsov got hit early in the game and would not return. Even though he took a hard hit up high, it seems his left wrist got jammed up. Naturally Caps fans lost their minds, and Pens fans taunted Kuznetsov because of a goal celebration he performed several weeks ago.
While the Caps actually were more effective after he left the game, this could be a big factor if he is unable to perform in upcoming games. Kuznetsov has been the Caps’ leading scorer in the playoffs.