MICHAEL BARI SHOW
Michael recaps Game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals.
Ovechkin, Kuznetsov score in second period; Holtby makes 21 saves. By Dan Rosen
Washington won Game 3 of the best-of-seven series, 3-1, for a 2-1 lead over the Vegas Golden Knights. The Capitals’ stars carried them, from Ovechkin scoring the first goal of the game to Kuznetsov building on the lead to goaltender Braden Holtby pitching a shutout through 40 minutes and turning away 21 of 22 shots. Washington played its game perfectly, suffocating Vegas as the Golden Knights managed just 13 shots through two periods. By Isabelle Khurshudyan
Alex Ovechkin opened the scoring and capped a frenetic sequence with a diving, backhanded shot off a rebound early in the second period. The goal was Ovechkin’s 14th of the playoffs, matching John Druce’s 28-year-old franchise postseason record, and it gave the Capitals their first lead at home in a Stanley Cup finals game. By Scott Allen
1. Alex Ovechkin: 1 goal, 10 shot attempts and 7 scoring chances, 3 of those from the slot or the crease. 2. Jay Beagle: 2 assists, 3 takeaways, 2 hits and 1 blocked shot plus 7 faceoff wins. 3. Matt Niskanen: On the ice for just 2 scoring chances against during the penalty kill. By Neil Greenberg
Tomas Nosek gave Vegas life in the third period to trim the Capitals’ lead to just one goal, but Devante Smith-Pelly scored with six minutes remaining to put Washington back ahead 3-1. By Dan Steinberg