The Washington Capitals look to take a commanding 3-1 lead over the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final in Game 4 on Monday night.
The Capitals played one of their best games of the season in Game 3 and earned a 3-1 win in the first Stanley Cup Final game in DC in 20 years. For Game 4, they will need to continue playing their game. Here are my keys to the game
On Saturday, the Caps blocked 26 shots. Vegas on the other hand only blocked nine. It seems like all series long Washington has done a great job of blocking shots while getting their shots through on the other end. That will need to continue if they want to take a 3-1 series lead.
Washington out hit the Golden Knights 38-31 on Saturday and are out hitting them 122-95 for the series. It looks like the physicality is starting to take its toll on Vegas. Vegas doesn’t look like the team they have all season long. The Caps have successfully counted the Golden Knights most dangerous weapon, their speed.
Marc-Andre Fleury is human:
Fleury has tormented the Caps in playoffs past, but this year it appears the Caps have solved him. His save percentage is a mere .875, well below his total playoff save percentage of .937. His goals against average of 3.33 is well above his playoff GAA of 1.95. He has been beaten in all different ways, but primarily by the Caps making east-west passes, using Fleury’s aggressiveness against him. This was most on display on Lars Eller’s goal in Game 2.
And while Alex Ovechkin did not score on this play early in Game 3, it is showing how the Caps are getting Fleury to move east-west
The Caps have controlled the play for large chunks of the series. If they continue to play well on Monday, they could move within one win of their first ever Stanley Cup.