Capitals Crush Golden Knights 6-2

The Washington Capitals are one win away from the first Stanley Cup championship in the 43-year history of the franchise.

T.J. Oshie, Tom Wilson and Devante Smith-Pelly scored in the final 10 minutes of the first period after Vegas hit two early posts as the Washington Capitals defeated the expansion Golden Knights 6-2 to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup final.

John Carlson, Michal Kempny and Brett Connolly had the other goals for Washington.  

Braden Holtby made 28 saves for the Capitals, who can wrap up their first title when the series shifts to Vegas for Game 5 on Thursday.

Evgeny Kuznetsov, the NHL's leading scorer in the playoffs with 31 points, added four assists. Oshie added a pair of assists while Nicklas Backstrom had three.

James Neal and Reilly Smith replied for Vegas, which got 17 stops from Marc-Andre Fleury.  The Knights won the opener of the best-of-seven series, but have now lost three straight for the first time since late November and early December.

Only the 1942 Detroit Red Wings have blown a 3-1 series lead after winning the first three games against Toronto.