The virtual Washington Capitals are one win away.
The Caps took Game 3 over the Colorado Avalanche on the road, rallying from a two goal deficit by scoring four unanswered, quieting the crowd and setting things up for a chance to clinch their second Stanley Cup in three years.
Riding the wave of the home crowd looking to give them a jolt, the Avalanche scored the first two goals of the game. Mikko Rantanen got a good look up front at 7:21 and Andre Burakovsky struck again late in the period at 18:14.
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It looked like complete domination but then the Caps answered.
In the second the Caps worked their magic like they have all spring, responding to adversity by striking right back. At 8:53 Michal Kempny got a snap shot from up front for his first goal of the playoffs. Lars Eller had the assist.
Later in the period at 15:52, J.T. Compher was called for a tripping minor, putting the Caps on the power play. At 16:14, Vrana’s shot from downtown gave the Caps the lead. T.J. Oshie and John Carlson had the helpers.
3-2 Caps was the score heading into the final period. Like the first period, shots were even Steven in the second this time at seven each.
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“I thought we showed heart in that comeback, the heart of a champion but our work isn’t done yet. We all know the fourth game is the hardest to win in a series so we expect their best and we’re going to try to bring our best,” head coach Todd Reirden told us after the game in a virtual postgame scrum we totally made up. Would be kind of cool if they had that kind of a feature in the video game though.
Can the virtual Caps complete the sweep and bring home a Stanley Cup? Check back tomorrow to find out.