With the Caps already down one-nothing in the series to the Golden Knights, Wahl adds you can expect the style of play to tighten up.
With just under two minutes to go, Holtby got a stick on what looked like a sure empty netter for Tuch.
The Vegas Golden Knights lit the lamp first, scoring midway through the opening period of Game 2 just as they did in the Stanley Cup Final opener.
Washington and Vegas combined to score at least two goals in each period of the opener and in the first and second periods of Game 2.
The Capitals joined the National Hockey League in 1974 and have only advanced to the Stanley Cup finals once and lost 20 years ago.
Tampa's Adam Vosding is a huge Lightning fan, and when he was in Las Vegas for a weekend in September, days before the season started, he put $100 down on 10-to-1 odds for Tampa Bay winning the Stanley Cup.
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Alex Ovechkin got his first Stanley Cup Final goal with a second period power-play strike. "They evened it up from last game".
The Capitals have made the playoffs in 13 of 19 seasons since their only other trip to the Final in 1998, but hadn't managed to get their fans back to the final round until this year. "This group has had everything thrown at them and they just say, 'We're going to push on". Eakin made a snap pass to speedster Alex Tuch to the right of the goal mouth.More news: NBA Finals Scores and Updates: OT Cavs and Warriors
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The team that General Manager George McPhee assembled in the first expansion draft of the salary-cap era capitalized on underappreciated assets, onerous contracts and what he called "unknown surprises" - players who would develop into mainstays.
The Capitals have been nothing short of resilient in this postseason and showed that trait once again in Wednesday's game two to avoid an 0-2 hole heading back home for game three.
The Golden Knights were threatening the Capitals' goal when the exchange occurred.
Washington attacked and evened it shortly afterward with a goal from Eller, who had failed to hit an open net on a rushed play for a potential tying goal late in Game 1.
"I screamed. Ears are still ringing", forward T.J. Oshie said.
In postseason failures of yore, this would have been the moment when it all unraveled for Washington.
Vegas' top line of William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith combined for two goals in a 6-4 win in Game 1, but were held off without an even-strength point and went a combined minus-2 in a 3-2 loss in Game 2. Looking at reporters, he then drew laughter when he said, "That's smooth, real smooth" to perfectly mimic the Patrick Kane-Duncan Keith commercial that's been running ad nauseum on NBC during the playoffs.
"I think I was past surprising when they finished first in their conference".