Bettors sticking with Golden Knights over Capitals in Game 5

Tanya Simon
June 8, 2018

The Vegas Golden Knights tied Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Thursday at two after a controversial goal.

The Capitals went into the third trailing 3-2 and went ahead after Devante Smith-Pelly and Eller scored 2:31 apart midway through the pivotal period.

The only team ever to do this before were the St. Louis Blues in 1967-68, but they were one of six expansion teams in a season in which the National Hockey League doubled in size, with one of the newcomers guaranteed a place in the finals.

After Ovechkin accepted the Conn Smythe Trophy, he received the Cup from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

There was a question about whether or not there was goalie interference given that there was contact with Holtby.

This has been a tough series, mostly because we think we know this Capitals team because we've seen them in the playoffs so many times.

Vegas had 13 scoring chances in the first period compared with only three by the Capitals. Vegas is +165 laying.5 goals in the opening period according to 5Dimes.

The Las Vegas Golden Knights are priced at -140 to take Game 5, with the Capitals valued at +137 according to

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That's 39 notches above where it was past year , at No. 341, according to the university. Globally, UM is within the top 1% of approximately 26,000 universities.

The Knights came close to stretching that advantage early in the third, but Holtby came up with some big stops to keep his team within one inside a raucous T-Mobile Arena. Time for him to turn it around one more time at home.

The Caps don't have the luxury of thinking about the minor disappointment of not being at home to secure Washington's first championship in a major pro sport since the Redskins' Super Bowl victory in January 1992.

Repeated blown 3-1 series leads, Game 7 defeats, unmet expectations, never passing the second round during the Alex Ovechkin era - a multitude of creative and different ways to dig the dagger a little deeper. Coach Gerard Gallant's team is banking on the resilience of a group that hasn't lost four consecutive games at any point in their utterly charmed inaugural season. Marc-Andre Fluery has regressed at the worst possible time after bailing the Golden Knights out multiple times in the first three rounds.

Washington is a minus 700 favorite to win the series and Vegas is a 5-1 underdog.

Braden Holtby had to make just seven saves for the Capitals.

Ovechkin's 15th goal of the post-season gave him the outright lead, and set a new Capitals record for a single playoffs, one more than John Druce's 14 from 1990.

But the Knights responded once again 2:42 later, this time on a insane play where Tomas Tatar redirected Miller's shot in off Perron, who was battling with Capitals defenceman Christian Djoos and eventually ended up in the net with the puck for his first of the post-season.

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