Washington Capitals: One Win Away from Stanley Cup Glory

" Stanley Cup " by UncleWeed ( CC BY-SA 2.0 )

"Stanley Cup" by UncleWeed (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Washington Capitals have asserted their dominance on the Stanley Cup final series against the Las Vegas Golden Knights and are just one win away from lifting Lord Stanley’s trophy. A 3-1 series lead with three games to go means they need to win just one of their remaining three games; two of those games will take place in Vegas, with one taking place in the nation’s capital.

The Las Vegas Golden Knights got off to the best possible start in this series, winning a wild game one to take an early lead. However, since then the series has been about clinical finishing and players who are genuine superstars playing at the top of their game. The Caps have come to play and, since game one, Vegas simply haven’t had an answer. All season the Golden Knights have gone up against bigger and better teams, but come out on top in what has been a fantastic inaugural season for them. However, as much as the fairy tale would have had a fantastic finish with them being crowned Stanley Cup champions, this series looks to be a step too far.

The latest NHL betting odds have Washington as -750 favourites to lift the Stanley Cup, showing the tough task that Vegas have ahead of them to turn things around. If Vegas are to turn things around, then they will have to play a lot better defensively. TJ Oshie, Evgeny Kusnetsov and Alex Ovechkin have been gifted simply too much room by the Golden Knights in all four games so far. These three are quality hockey players and, with the time and space they have been given, it is certain they will find a way onto the score sheet. It isn’t easy playing against them but, to be the best, you have to beat the best and the Golden
Knights have to find a way to combat them.

Evgeny Kuznetsov  by Michael Miller ( CC BY-SA 4.0 )

Evgeny Kuznetsov by Michael Miller (CC BY-SA 4.0)

On home ice in game four, Evgeny Kuznetsov led the Washington Capitals and was the start of the show for them. He has come to life over the past couple of seasons and helped the Capitals with some much needed secondary scoring away from Alex Ovechkin. For a long time, the Capitals have been regarded as a one-line team but that hasn’t been the case this season and it is no coincidence that they are on the verge of lifting the Stanley Cup. Game five of this series takes place on Thursday and the Washington Capitals have the first of three chances to clinch the cup. Away from home, their chances are not as strong as they would be on home ice but this is a free shot for them. It wouldn’t be surprised to see them focusing on game six already, when they take to the ice in Washington, with a chance to win hockey’s biggest prize in front of a packed house, full of Caps fans. The Stanley Cup dream looks to be almost over for the Golden Knights, and only a miracle on ice will prevent the Washington Capitals taking home Lord Stanley this summer.