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

Discussing Vegas's success on ESPN's "Outside the Lines", Keith Olbermann made a keen observation on Tuesday when he noted that numerous Golden Knights are second- and third-liners, which helps Vegas match up well against opponents' second lines and gives it a theoretical advantage against their third and fourth lines.

Golden Knights forward Alex Tuch had a wide-open net over Holtby's right shoulder.

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.

Capitals coach Barry Trotz said the save was a message from the hockey gods.

The score was 3-2 Capitals, the time remaining was not much, the Golden Knights were pressing to tie the game, and Washington defenceman Matt Niskanen says the visitors were "holding on for dear life" in Game 2 when it happened. Alex Ovechkin scored a power-play goal, his first in a Final, Brooks Orpik ended a personal 220-game goal drought with the eventual victor, and Lars Eller added a goal and two assists.

Holding a lead for all 20 minutes in the third period of a Stanley Cup Final is a good way to prove whether or not the Capitals are Stanley Cup worthy.

The expansion Golden Knights entered the game 11-1 when scoring first in the playoffs.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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After just one game, it's already clear this Stanley Cup Final is on thin ice. "If he had been on his right post, he would have been able to follow that play, even off the back carom through his crease because he would have been on the puck", Valiquette said.

Before the playoffs began, the answer to that felt like a resounding no. "He was probably the difference in the hockey game". "He's a veteran player who has good hockey sense, and he's strong on the puck, and I think his game translates well in the playoffs". That puts Holtby behind the play and leads to a series of events where Holtby only recovers when he makes the dive to make the save.

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

"It's obviously pretty easy to stay focused", said Caps forward Jay Beagle. It was the same resiliency that helped them past a 2-0 series deficit against Columbus in the first round, let them banish their black-and-yellow demons over Pittsburgh, and carried them to Games 6 and 7 shutouts of Tampa Bay for their first Eastern Conference title in two decades. We thought we were going to win the Stanley Cup.

"I think I was past surprising when they finished first in their conference". He surrendered five goals in Game 1 - six in total if you count the empty netter to effectively seal the deal.

With extra space, Washington strung together several sharp passes culminating in Eller's sixth goal of the postseason.

But the relentless Knights earned a power play and cut the Caps' lead to 3-2 late in the second when Theodore slipped a long shot through heavy traffic. T-Mobile Arena reported 18,702 fans in the sold-out building, setting a franchise record for attendance.

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