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Caps Lead The Final VS First Year “Vegas” (2-1) Plus Washington Team Final Series Notes

June 3, 2018

Last night, the Washington Capitals won (3-1) at home, vs the Las Vegas Golden Knights to take a 2 games to 1, NHL Final Series lead.

As was the case in the Caps’ “#7 semis” win at Tampa Bay (Lightning), Alex Ovechkin, a great player and certainly a great goal scorer appearing in his first final series, in this year in which he played in his first “semi,” “struck” for the game’s first goal.

Ovechkin has scored the “go ahead to stay,” goal in the last three Caps’ wins, those being #7 semis and #’s 2 and 3 vs Las Vegas.

Evgeny Kuznetsov, whose overtime goal in #6/quarters dispatched the many time “Caps’ Conquering,” two time champion Penguins, added a goal and an assist in #3 last night.

In just the third Washington sports team win in three times that many (9) game 3’s, Jay Beagle had two assists, the second on Devante Smith Pelly’s insurance goal in the third period.

In the previous 8 Washington team sports league final series, no “Wash” team has ever led a final (2-1) (or better) and won that series.

Only the 1925 defending champion Washington Senators, who ended up dissipating a (3-1) World Series lead to the Pittsburgh Pirates, led (2-1) in a final series.

Before last night, the 1933 Senators, who eventually were 5’d by the New York Giants and the ’25 Senators who won games 1,3 and 4 but no more, won a game 3 as a Washington team in a league final.

The Red Wings swept the Caps in the ’98 final while the Bullets now the Wizards, were swept in ’71 and ’75 and lost the last 4 and in 5, in the same calendar, 1979 NBA final.

Washington’s Bullets won the title 40 years ago but trailed two games to one, (for that matter (1-0) and (3-2) before winning #’s 6 and 7, to win the title.

 

Alex Ovechkin, pictured above.

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