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Jonathan Marchessault trolls Alex Ovechkin with ‘hot lap’ before Game Three	 	 
	 		By Elyse Bailey

Through three games he has one unsafe shot attempt at 5-on-5, which is the same number as Capitals checking-line centre Jay Beagle.

"Not where we want to be, that's for sure", Fleury said of the 3-1 deficit. John Carlson scored in the second with Michael Kempny and Brett Connolly scoring in the third. Furthermore, goaltender Braden Holtby has been stellar in net.

The Golden Knights have lost three games in a row as they near the end of an otherwise-charmed inaugural season.

I think you can make the argument that Marchessault has been Vegas' best player and maybe the best player on the ice (no player has generated more risky shots than him on either side), but on the other end of the spectrum is their big goal-scorer in William Karlsson.

"We are trying to write our own story here and seems like the rest of the city is on board with that", said Washington's T.J. Oshie, who had a goal and two assists.

Game 4 should prove to be a pivotal game in the Stanley Cup Final.

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare said he and his Vegas teammates can't win three games in one night, so they have no choice but to focus on the next opportunity to stave off elimination.

Merritt bought a crab from a local restaurant before Game 3 and brought it into the arena with hope. "A two-game hole after Game 4 would be pretty insurmountable".

Now trailing the Washington Capitals 2-1 with the Stanley Cup on the line, head coach Gerard Gallant echoed much the same sentiment as Marchessault did three weeks ago.

Two months after the Humboldt Broncos' bus crash killed 16 in Canada, forward Kaleb Dahlgren from the Saskatchewan junior league was shown on video screens at Capital One Arena. He got a great ovation from the crowd when lifted his Broncos jersey to reveal a Capitals sweater. This time, the Knights trail the Caps 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

"Ask any skilled player, they want to have the puck with possession and speed", Capitals defenceman Matt Niskanen said. Not long after that, Smith-Pelly scored from a tough angle on the left side after a weird bounce.

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The shot pinged off the far post.

"I've never been there", Kuznetsov said after just the fourth four-assist game in Cup Final history.

Teams have been able to keep Vegas on the perimeter in the past - their infamous 8-2 loss against Edmonton back in November saw an average shot distance of 50 feet - but it's quite rare.

Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore had a rough go in Games 2 and 3, being on the ice for four of the Capitals' six goals across the two contests.

James Neal had the puck on his stick and was staring at an open net. "That's what this team has done in the course of the playoffs". Mike Tirico hosted Game 4 coverage from inside Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. Earnhardt also joined Tirico for an interview during the first intermission.

He did everything the Golden Knights could have asked for during the frenetic sequence. Perron has not scored a goal in 14 playoff games. In addition, Kathryn Tappen and Paul Burmeister hosted pre-game and post-game coverage from outside sets in Washington, capturing the scene amongst the fans alongside analysts and former players Jeremy Roenick, Brian Boucher, and Anson Carter.

If the five Golden Knights skaters were outcompeted during this scramble, Fleury wasn't.

Milbury on what he expects from Vegas on Thursday: "They didn't roll over".

Fall Out Boy is playing the pregame concert at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, two days after Sting and Shaggy.

Holtby has limited Vegas to a total of five goals in the last three games. He plays the game like everybody else. He also has at least one point in 10 of his last 12 games.

The Golden Knights traded a 2018 first-, 2019 second- and 2021 third-round pick to Detroit for Tatar at the deadline. Vegas has ridden Fleury to this point and now has to cut down on the high-danger scoring chances he's facing and too often allowing to turn into goals. A win tonight and Ovechkin and his Capitals will be on track to lift Lord Stanley's prized chalice for the first time in team history.

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