The bounces went Vegas’ way in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. But if you believe in higher hockey powers — and most coaches and players do — things were bound to even out. When Braden Holtby sprawled to make an improbable stick save on Alex Tuch with two minutes remaining in the third period of Game 2, Washington coach Barry Trotz knew exactly who to thank.
“To me, it was the hockey gods,” Trotz said. “They evened it up from last game. Once he made that save, I knew we were going to win the game.”
The Capitals indeed preserved a 3-2 win to even this series. But there was plenty of interesting hockey outside of The Save. Here are our five takeaways from Game 2, as the series shifts back to Washington.