The Washington Capitals withstood an early surge from the Vegas Golden Knights and then struck back with some surprising depth scoring to secure an important road win in Game Two. Also, Brooks Orpik scored.
James Neal scored first, out-jousting Dmitry Orlov on a solo effort. Lars Eller tied the game after a pair of perfect passes from Kempny and Burakovsky. The Caps kicked it up a notch in the second period, adding a power play goal from Alex Ovechkin and a goal from, jesus christ, Brooks freaking Orpik. With TJ Oshie in the box for a bad penalty, Shea Theodore threaded the needle to make it 3-2 heading into the third period. The Caps had to kill some big penalties, and Holtby had to make the save of the year, but they survived to earn the win.
Caps beat Knights 3-2! The series is tied 1-1! Brooks Orpik scored!
Ovechkin – Backstrom – Wilson
Vrana – Eller – Oshie
Burakovsky – Stephenson – Connolly
1️⃣4️⃣,4️⃣8️⃣5️⃣ watching from home.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) May 31, 2018
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) May 31, 2018
Smize of the night
Soooooo Brooks Orpik got the game-winning goal in Washington’s first ever Stanley Cup Final win. Alright. Sure.
With victory in tow, the Caps will now leave the desert of Vegas and return to the swamp of Washington. We’ve got a couple days off, and then DC will host the biggest sporting event it has seen in a few decades.
It’s gonna be great.
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