Capitals on the brink

06 June 2018 03:16:00 GMTPlus11

The Washington Capitals defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 6-2 at the Capital One Arena to move within one game of their first franchise Stanley Cup title.

T.J. Oshie, Tom Wilson, Devante Smith-Pelly, John Carlson, Michal Kempny and Brett Connolly were all on target for the hosts who jumped out to a three goal advantage in the first period and never looked back despite being outshot 30-23 on the night.

Alex Ovechkin failed to score, but did have an assist to record a point for the fifth consecutive game.

Washington's Russian captain has scored 14 times in the postseason and has had at least one point in 18 of the 23 contests that the Capitals have played.

Game 5 is Thursday at the T-Mobile Center where the Golden Knights have lost just twice in the playoffs, once to the San Jose Sharks in overtime and also to Washington earlier in the series.

Marc-Andre Fleury has been stellar in the postseason, but the six goals allowed in Game 4 were the most of the playoffs for the former Pittsburgh Penguin.

Curiously for two franchises looking for their first Stanley Cup, the overall excitement has been missing.

Maybe the lack of a traditional power has something to do with it, and possibly the peculiarity of an expansion franchise going on such a run has unexpectedly worn off.

This is a series in desperate need of a couple of Golden Knights victories to force what would be a very compelling Game 7 next Wednesday in Las Vegas.

Washington are 2.40 to win the finals series 4-1, while Vegas are now 5.75 to lift the Stanley Cup.

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