Braden Holtby made the most incredible save of the Stanley Cup Final

Braden Holtby made the most incredible save of the Stanley Cup Final

Braden Holtby made the most incredible save of the Stanley Cup Final

Braden Holtby reacted with pure instinct. Tuch appeared to have a wide-open net but his bullet was met by Holtby's stick and promptly smothered beneath it.

"The pucks were bouncing pretty good", Trotz said.

The NHL tweeted a GIF of the save with the simple caption: "ARE YOU KIDDING?!"

The Washington Capitals are clinging to a 3-2 lead against the Vegas Golden Knights late in the third period in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Thanks to rising desert temperatures, the Stanley Cup Final in Vegas is on thin ice, literally.

Capitals coach Barry Trotz said the save was a message from the hockey gods. Benched when the playoffs began, the 2015-16 Vezina Trophy victor had allowed an uncharacteristically high five goals during a Game 1 loss, including four at even strength. "I think that's the message that went out to everybody, so you won't see anybody gambling, you won't see anybody out in the sun for eight hours a time".

Gallant tipped his hat to the Capitals, saying they deserved to win Game 2 based on how they performed after losing Kuznetsov.

That's when Holtby chose to make the best save of the 2018 NHL Playoffs. Lars Eller sored in the first for the Caps with Alex Ovechkin (PP) and Brooks Orpik found the back of the net in the second for three straight goals. "That's one of our strengths".

Capitals forward Jay Beagle said it was the "save of a lifetime". "This time of the year you need things like that, if you're going to move on".

Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov was injured on a first period hit by Brayden McNabb and didn't return to the game.

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Go down 2-0 to the relentless Knights, blowing an opportunity to seize advantage of two very mediocre performances by Marc-Andre Fleury, and the Cup would feel lost.

Game two of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final will go tonight. In total, Las Vegas experts estimate collective liability is somewhere between $5 million and $7 million if the Golden Knights win the Cup, thought to be the city's biggest loss on futures betting ever.

"I think the first two games were pretty physical", Vegas right winger Ryan Reaves said. "We're a special group. We've done it all playoffs". It is just like any other road game. They then lost the opener of the second round to Pittsburgh and trailed Tampa Bay, 3-2, in the Eastern Conference final before posting shutout victories in the final two games. Proof: He went into Game 2 with a 25 points in 20 playoff games.

"The hit on Kuzy. we thought it was high", said Trotz. They've gotten so resilient. "We're going to push on'".

The Capitals goalie might have looked shaky when he allowed five goals in Game 1.

In the Washington locker room, Ovechkin struggled to find words. The grinding veteran forward with a 2009 Stanley Cup ring from Pittsburgh hadn't scored since February 26, 2016, adding up to the longest active goal-scoring drought in the National Hockey League.

Before the period ended, Vegas would get one back on a power play goal from Shea Theodore.

It was 98 degrees at game time in Las Vegas.

The Westgate sports book took 13 futures wagers at 500-1 odds, the longest offered anywhere, during training camp in September, before local betting interest on the Golden Knights had piqued.

In postseason failures of yore, this would have been the moment when it all unraveled for Washington. T-Mobile Arena reported 18,702 fans in the sold-out building, setting a franchise record for attendance.

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