Golden Edge: Golden Knights need changes to win Game 4

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The Capitals are looking to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series that continues with Game 5 on Thursday night in Las Vegas. "I knew that this could be my last one, so I kind of took the buyout personally and listened to what the coaching staff had to say and what they wanted, and just went out there and did it". "I think that's where they really come into play".

Before you turn off your phone or slam your laptop closed, hear me out. "It's pretty hard to not think about that".

Gallant is contemplating personnel changes to spark his sagging second and third lines - with Tomas Tatar and/or Oscar Lindberg the most likely to dress in Game 4.

"It probably changes the game". I had a wide-open net, and then I just hit the post.

"Not where we want to be, for sure", said Marc-Andre Fleury. Teams that take a 3-1 lead in a series win more than 90 percent of the time in the National Hockey League playoffs, so tonight's contest is crucial for the Golden Knights.

"We want to clean those up to keep improving because we don't want to get ahead of ourselves, we want to keep pushing forward". They sit back. We gotta get pucks to the net. He has only managed one assist and three shots in three games. They haven't played anywhere near their best against Washington and are in danger of letting this magical expansion season slip away with Game 4 looming on Monday night. Kuznetsov padded his lead as the playoffs' leading scorer with primary assists on Oshie's power-play goal that made it 1-0 and Wilson's that doubled the lead. He also had a direct hand in two of the Capitals' three goals Saturday: first making a poor decision that sprung the odd-man rush that Evgeny Kuznetsov scored on in the second, then committing a turnover that led to Devante Smith-Pelly's game-sealing goal in the third.

Fleury stopped Kuznetsov's initial shot, but the puck spilled to Oshie, who kicked it from his skate to his stick at the lip of the crease before burying his eighth goal of the post-season.

With a league-leading 31 points, Kuznetsov is making a case to be the Conn Smythe Trophy victor as playoff MVP. In addition to scoring 14 postseason goals, Ovechkin has been playing a relentless physical game, banging into opponents and finishing his checks with authority. Tuch and Brayden McNabb both lined shots off the post after Neal, who scored with just under 16 minutes left to make it 4-1.

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Said Holtby: "To be honest, I thought it was in from my angle".

Somehow, the Capitals have turned around their results at home, winning their past three in Washington after losing five of their first eight.

It appears the Golden Knights didn't particularly care for that play by Oshie, as they went after him in the closing minutes of the game.

"Close but everyone here knows the fourth game is the toughest trying to close a team out", Smith-Pelly said.

The Washington Capitals are one win away from the first Stanley Cup in franchise history after a 6-2 blowout of the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 4 on Monday night gave them a commanding 3-1 series lead.

Game over. On to the next one for the Golden Knights, who face elimination for the first time during the playoffs.

Vegas has scored three goals against the Washington Capitals in the past two games and fallen behind 2-1 in a series for the first time in the playoffs.

The Washington Capitals, who had never previously won more than 12 games in one spring in 44 years of existence, who hadn't advanced out of the second round in the past decade despite icing three Presidents' Trophy teams, are more likely than not to lift the Stanley Cup soon.

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