Game 3 is Saturday at 8 p.m. and Game 4 is Monday at 8 p.m. Washington had 18 blocked shots to eight for Vegas, helping goaltender Braden Holtby turn things around.
Holtby capped his energetic performance with a jaw-dropping stick save with 1:59 to play, stretching back to rob Alex Tuch of a possible tying goal.
Luckily for Washington, the Golden Knights were only able to convert once on the man-advantage.
"It's the same for both teams, which is why it doesn't matter", Vegas forward James Neal said.
It was a lesson the family learned this past weekend when they set out on a mission to score seats to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Melrose is one of many figures from that season interviewed at length for this doc (others include famed Kings' announcer Bob Miller, former Kings' forward Luc Robitaille, and former Canadiens' forwards Guy Carbonneau and Kirk Muller), and he said while he loved his time with the Kings overall, he's still unhappy about how that series played out. "It's just one of those games".
The Golden Knights aren't sweating the loss in Game 2 even though they weren't sharp enough with the puck, fed Washington's transition game, and didn't generate enough Grade A chances in front of Holtby because they didn't win the battles to get to the front of the net.
"I think it's playoff hockey, and it definitely ramps up a little bit the physical play", Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant said.
"It galvanized us as a group, I think it might be a turning point for us", Trotz said. The easiest and most likely move for Trotz is to bump Backstrom up to the top line with Ovechkin, but there are still minutes to fill of Kuznetsov is out.
Holtby had already more than earned his per diem in Wednesday's 3-2 victory, batting away an onslaught of Golden Knight shots during the Caps' successful 5-on-3 penalty-kill earlier in the third period. It's no excuse for us.
"I figured it was worth throwing $100 down on them to win, too", said Vosding, 40, who said he knew Vegas had a strong goalie in Marc-Andre Fleury going into the season.
Washington's Jakub Vrana nearly restored the two-score lead late in the second period, but hit the right post much to the delight of Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. The Golden Knights also had 12 turnovers compared to Washington's four.
"You need everyone at this time of year", said Tom Wilson, Kuznetsov's other usual winger. "At the end of the day you really have got to see where your game is at".
He said it's been excellent being on site, as that allows for a different perspective than you get watching games on a screen. 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. It was his first goal since February 26, 2016. The save preserved a 3-2 lead for the Capitals, who evened the series Wednesday night.