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LAS VEGAS (AP) The Latest from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights (all times local):8:10 p.m.The Vegas Golden Knights have lost for just the fourth time this postseason Youth Sebastian Aho Jersey , falling to Washington 3-2 in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.Marc-Andre Fleury has prevented Vegas from losing consecutive games so far this postseason.After giving up four goals in the Western Conference finals opener against Winnipeg, the three-time Stanley Cup champion helped the expansion team win four straight against the Jets. He allowed four goals in each of his team’s two losses to San Jose in the second round and gave up three in the following games to help Vegas get past the Sharks.Game 3 is Saturday night in Washington.—7:40 p.m.The Washington Capitals are clinging to a 3-2 lead against the Vegas Golden Knights late in the third period in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.Vegas had a two-man advantage for 1:09 early in the third, but couldn’t get the puck past Braden Holtby.The Golden Knights were outshooting the Capitals 10-2 in the final period of regulation only to be denied time and time again by Holtby.Washington and Vegas combined to score at least two goals in each period of the opener and in the first and second periods of Game 2.Vegas leads the series 1-0. After Wednesday night, the series shifts to Washington for Games 3 and 4.—7:05 p.m.The Washington Capitals are 20 minutes away from evening the Stanley Cup Final at one game apiece.The Capitals have a 3-2 lead against the Vegas Golden Knights after two periods of Game 2.Lars Eller pulled the Capitals into a 1-1 tie late in the first period and he assisted as Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Orpik gave them a two-goal cushion that lasted for 8-plus minutes. Shea Theodore feathered a fluttering puck through traffic and past Braden Holtby late in the second period, bringing Vegas within a goal.Washington’s Jakub Vrana almost restored the two-score lead late in the second period, but hit the right post much to the delight of Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.Holtby went into the third period with 22 saves and Fleury had stopped 17 shots through two periods.The series shifts to Washington for Games 3 and 4.—6:45 p.m.The Washington Capitals have earned a rare cushion in the Stanley Cup Final.Brooks Orpik scored midway through the second period, giving Washington a 3-1 lead over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 2.It marked the first two-goal lead either team had other than the Golden Knights’ empty-net goal in the closing seconds of their 6-4 victory in Game 1.—6:35 p.m.Alex Ovechkin has scored his first Stanley Cup Final goal, taking advantage of a power play to give Washington its first lead of Game 2.Ovechkin one-timed a shot from the bottom of the left circle after Lars Eller’s cross-crease pass to put the Capitals up 2-1 against Vegas. Eller scored a game-tying goal late in the first period.Ovechkin was in the spotlight more than usual after a relatively quiet performance in the series-opening loss in which he had only one assist. The 13-season veteran might need to step up even more because Evgeny Kuznetsov is questionable to return because of an upper-body injury.Kuznetsov, the leading scorer in the playoffs, walked off the ice late in the first period after appearing to hurt his left wrist in a check by Brayden McNabb along the boards.—6:05 p.m.The Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights are tied at 1-1 after the first period of Game 2 in the Stanley Cup Final.James Neal revved up the home crowd, opening the scoring with a wrist shot past Braden Holtby just 7:58 into the game.Just as the Capitals did during the series opener, they answered. Lars Eller slapped a shot into an open net late in the first period after missing an opportunity to score late in the Game 1 loss that included a record four lead changes.Eller scored shortly after the Capitals generated chance at least temporarily making up for the loss of Evgeny Kuznetsov. The leading scorer in the playoffs left the game after getting checked and appearing to hurt his left wrist. Vegas’ Brayden McNabb hit the leading scorer in the playoffs as he had the puck along the boards late in the first period.Three-time Stanley Cup champion Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 11 shots for the Golden Knights.Holtby withstood a flurry of shots in the opening minutes and finished the first period with nine saves.The expansion Golden Knights entered the game 11-1 when scoring first in the playoffs. The Capitals also fell behind in every round this postseason and rallied to win.—5:35 p.m.The Vegas Golden Knights lit the lamp first, scoring midway through the opening period of Game 2 just as they did in the Stanley Cup Final opener.James Neal got behind Washington’s defense and sent a wrist shot from the left circle past Braden Holtby 7:58 into the game.Vegas also took a 1-0 lead in Game 1, striking first when Colin Miller scored 7:15 into a game the Golden Knights ended up winning 6-4.The expansion Golden Knights entered the game 11-1 when scoring first in the playoffs.It was 98 degrees at game time in Las Vegas.—5:25 p.m.Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final is under way in Las Vegas.Imagine Dragons kicked up the pregame festivities a notch, playing its hit ”Whatever It Takes,” following the Vegas Golden Knights’ elaborate show that precedes each game.The Washington Capitals trail Vegas 1-0 but are used to playing from behind. Washington fell behind in each of the first three rounds and rallied to win.The Capitals opened the playoffs with two losses to Columbus before roaring back to win four straight. They lost Game 1 in the second round against Pittsburgh before bouncing back with a win in Game 2 and eliminating the two-time defending champion Penguins in Game 6.Washington won its first two games against Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference finals, but then lost three straight Authentic Teuvo Teravainen Jersey , forcing the franchise to win two decisive games to advance.If the Capitals end up winning the Final, they will join the 1991 Pittsburgh Penguins as the only Stanley Cup champions to trail in every series.—4:20 p.m.Hours before Vegas hosted Washington in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, fans filed in the plaza outside T-Mobile Arena on a 98-degree day in the desert.Some of those gathered were holding the hottest ticket in town. Many planned to simply soak up the atmosphere while watching the game on big screens outside the arena with thousands of new friends.The Golden Knights’ logo was worked into hairdos of fans willing to make the commitment while others opted to have their face painted in black and gold.—2:15 p.m.The Strip has hosted countless events over the years, featuring stars on stage and in the ring.Las Vegas can now add a championship game in a major professional sports league to its list.And, Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final has a tough act to follow.The Vegas Golden Knights opened with a 6-4 win over the Washington Capitals, co-starring teams that combined for a Final-record four lead changes.There also were big hits, some which might have lingering effects Wednesday night.Washington’s Tom Wilson was penalized for blindsiding Vegas’ Jonathan Marchessault after he passed the puck in Game 1. Ryan Reaves scored a tying goal Monday night after appearing to get away with cross-checking Capitals defenseman John Carlson.—More Stanley Cup coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/StanleyCupFinals The hockey world championships have been overshadowed by the Olympic tournament since the 1998 Nagano Games, the first to feature NHL players.Not this year.The NHL’s decision to skip the Pyeongchang Olympics had an impact. Amid tepid interest in South Korea, the games were often played in half-empty arenas. It will be a different story in Denmark.The organizers say ticket sales have reached their planned target of 300,000 even before the tournament opens in Copenhagen and Herning on Friday. And there’s no need to worry about a lack of stars. Although Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are busy with their bid for a Stanley Cup three-peat, some of the sport’s biggest names will be on the ice in Denmark.Canada will be led by NHL leading scorer Connor McDavid after his Edmonton Oilers didn’t make the playoffs, teammate Leon Draisaitl has joined Germany, and the United States will be captained by Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane.Here’s a look at the annual tournament that will be played in Denmark for the first time:—THE TOURNAMENTThe event has 16 nations playing in two groups of eight, with the top four in each group advancing to the playoffs.Olympic champion Russia, defending champion Sweden, the Czech Republic, Switzerland Womens Victor Rask Jersey , Belarus, Slovakia, France and Austria are in Group A. Matches will be played at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen.Canada, Finland, the United States, Germany, Norway, Latvia, Denmark and South Korea are in Group B. They will play at the Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning.In Friday’s opening games, Canada will take on the United States while Russia faces France.The final is scheduled for May 20.—THE FAVORITESCaptained by McDavid, who just clinched his second consecutive Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer with 108 points, Canada is the team to beat at the worlds.McDavid and Wayne Gretzky are the only two players in NHL history to win the scoring race more than once at 22 years of age or younger.McDavid will be joined by veteran Buffalo forward Ryan O’Reilly. Both were on the team that won the world title in Russia two years ago.New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal, who is among the finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy for the NHL’s rookie of the year, was also named in the squad.”We have a mix of youth, experience and strong leadership qualities among these players as they have represented Canada on the international stage previously from the world juniors up to last year’s championship,” Canada co-general manager Sean Burke said. ”Their previous success and experience can only help us in our ultimate goal of bringing home a gold medal.”The Canadians, who will again be led by Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters Alex DeBrincat Jersey , won the title in 2015 and 2016 after finishing second last year.—RUSSIAN COACH SWAPIn a surprise move less than a month before the worlds, Oleg Znarok stepped down as coach of Russia’s hockey team after leading the country to the Olympic title – its first in 26 years.Playing as ”Olympic Athletes from Russia” because of the country’s punishment for doping, Znarok’s team beat Germany 4-3 in overtime in the final.Znarok became coach in March 2014, taking over a team that lost in the quarterfinals on home ice at the Sochi Olympics. The Russians went on to win the world championship gold that year.He was replaced by Ilya Vorobyov, one of his assistant coaches, but will still work with the team as a consultant.Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin, who is in a tight Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Pittsburgh Penguins, won’t be available. But Vorobyov can rely on a mixture of NHL-based players and the home talents from the Russia-based KHL, widely considered the strongest league outside the NHL.Florida Panthers right winger Evgenii Dadonov and SKA St. Petersburg veteran Pavel Datsyuk are among those to make sure Russia remains a contender for gold, even though a lack of the NHL-experienced defensemen and goaltenders could harm the team’s ambitions.—OTHERS TO WATCHThe United States hopes to improve on last year’s fifth-place finish and has a team strong enough to make it happen.Kane’s presence will no doubt improve the quality of play. He last played at the world championships in 2008, his first season in the NHL and the last time the Blackhawks missed the playoffs, and was in the U.S. team at the 2010 and 2014 Olympics.Buffalo Sabres rookie and world junior MVP Casey Mittelstadt was prevented from playing by a groin injury, but some others will be there, including a trio who claimed bronze at the 2015 worlds in the Czech Republic. They include Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin, New York Islanders forward Anders Lee and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy.

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