Stanley Cup preview, game 3.

By: Julien Quincou

Friday, June 1, 2018

Game 3 Stanley Cup final

 

You’re a wizard Holtby!

 

            Washington Capitals’ goaltender, Braden Holtby stole the game in Sin City with his amazing paddle save late in game 2 against Vegas’ forward Alex Tuch. Holtby was the number one reason for his team leveling the series. His third period save was amazing, but his whole game was almost perfect. He controlled his rebounds, tracked the puck very well, handled the puck with crisp passes and managed the game like the seasoned veteran he is.

 

Another player that came through for the Caps, Nicklas Backstrom. Washington’s maestro had a lot of ice-time, since Evgeny Kuznetsov was injured midway through the 1st period. He picked up an assist on Alex Ovechkin’s power-play goal and was instrumental at controlling the puck and the pace of the game. He was particularly good on the draws.

 

What to expect in game 3.

 

         Like the two previous games, the Golden Knights will come out flying. The Capitals have good reasons to come out of the gates strong too, especially with their home record, 5 wins 4 losses and their fans that waited 20 years to see another Stanley Cup final. No team has ever won the Cup with more than 6 losses at home and let’s be honest, if the Capitals lose 2 games at home and fall behind 3games to 1, Vegas will close them out like they did in this postseason.

 

No matter who wins the game on Saturday, it will be one, if not the most important game of the series. If Vegas win, they will but pressure on the Capitals, a lot of pressure, and the ghost of past years will resurface and plant doubts in Washington’s fan base and players. If Ovechkin and his crew win, they will get an enormous boost of confidence, winning two games in a row and the Golden Knights won’t appear so unbeatable after all.