Stanley Cup Final 2018: 3 takeaways from the Capitals’ Game 3 victory

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The Capitals got a psychological boost right away in Game 3 when high-scoring center Evgeny Kuznetsov took the ice, after being a game-time decision because of an injury.

That gave the Capitals all the offense they needed, as Kuznetsov tallied an assist and goal in the second period to fuel the Capitals’ 3-1 win over the Golden Knights. It is the Capitals’ first home-ice Stanley Cup Final victory in the franchise’s 44-year history.

Washington will host Game 4 Monday night at 8 p.m. In the meantime, here are some observations from Game 3.

1. Evgeny Kuznetsov shrugged off injury and returned in top form

Kuznetsov was a game-time decision, as he dealt with an upper-body injury that forced him out of Game 2. Yes, the Capitals are deep and could shuffle their lines to cover his absence for a game, but they’re unquestionably a better team with him on the ice. Kuznetsov made his presence felt in the second period, with an assist to Alex Ovechkin on the Capitals first goal, and he added a nice goal of his own midway through the period.

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