Braden Holtby gave up a lot of goals in Game 1 and he needed to bounce back in Game 2. With less than two minutes remaining in regulation, the puck bounced off the boards and it found Cody Eakin’s stick and he passed it to Alex Tuch and Holtby made a stick diving save and it was the save of the year for the Washington Capitals. Tuch had a wide open net on that chance and Holtby wouldn’t allow Vegas to tie it, as he finished with 37 saves. The Washington Capitals won Game 2 over the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2. The series is tied at one.
James Neal scored for the Golden Knights in the first period. Evgeny Kuznetsov got checked by Brayden McNabb in the first-period and Kuznetsov left the game with an upper-body injury and he did not return. Lars Eller stepped up his game and scored a goal for the Capitals in the first period. He also recorded two assists as well.
Alex Ovechkin (power play) and Brooks Orpik scored goals for Washington in the second period. Orpik scored a goal for the first time in 220 games. Shea Theodore scored a power-play goal later in the second-period for Vegas.
The Golden Knights had a 5-on-3 in the third-period, but the Capitals were able to survive it. Marc-Andre Fleury made 23 saves for the Golden Knights. Vegas has given up the same amount of goals in the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals as they did in the first six games of the western conference playoffs. Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals will be on Saturday Night in Washington.