Capitals go up 2-0 in Stanley Cup in NHL 20 simulation

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The virtual Washington Capitals are up 2-0 in NHL 20.

After a high scoring affair in Game 1 of our virtual 2020 Stanley Cup Final featuring the Washington Capitals and Colorado Avalanche, Game 2 was a close and hard fought game that saw the Caps come out on top 3-2.

The Caps struck first right before fans could take their seats with a goal at 1:14 from up close for his fourth of the playoffs. T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov had the assists. The Avalanche tied it at 7:30 with a goal from Andre Burakovsky, who desperately wants payback against his old team.

Late in the opening period at 17:20 Jonas Siegenthaler was whistled for tripping. The Caps successfully killed off the penalty. 1-1 was the score after one with the Avalanche leading in shots 11-7.

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The Caps regained the lead in the second period at 4:37 on a shot up the middle that went in from Kuznetsov for his 12th goal of the spring. Alex Ovechkin and Braden Holtby had the helpers.

The Caps were once again a man down late in the period when Carl Hagelin was called for tripping but they successfully killed off the penalty. 2-1 in favor of the good guys was the score after two. The Caps were outshot a whopping 18-6 in the second period at 29-13 up to that point.

42 seconds into the third period, the Caps got a big goal from Ovechkin where he rebounded in his own shot in front of the net off a cross ice pass from John Carlson. Kuznetsov had the secondary assist.

The pesky Burakovsky was at it again at 12:44, assisting on a goal from J.T. Compher. It gave the Caps a slight scare but they closed out the game the rest of the way. Credit to Holtby for a solid start where he made 29 saves for a .935 save percentage.

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The series now shifts to Colorado. Can the Caps keep the momentum going? Check back tomorrow to find out.