Washington Capitals’ Captain celebrates during game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals. The Capitals look to take a two-game series lead tonight in Washington. (via @NHL/Twitter)

NHL playoffs weekly roundup

Vegas Golden Knights look to pull even with Caps tonight in Washington

Weekly Stanley Cup playoff notebook:

Stanley Cup Final

Vegas Golden Knights (1) vs. Washington Capitals (1)

Series: Capitals lead 2-1

The Capitals took the lead in the series after Saturday’s 3-1 win in Washington. Captain Alex Ovechkin gave the Caps the lead with a goal in the second period. Ovechkin is the only player to record at least a point in all three games of the final. The leading scorer in the playoffs, Evgeny Kuznetsov, has been battling an upper-body injury but was able to be on the ice in Game 3 for a goal and an assist to secure Washington the lead. Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury hasn’t been able to live up to his earlier playoff performance during this series. After a remarkable save from Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby at the end of Game 2, Vegas has struggled to find the back of the net, despite scoring six goals in Game 1. A surprise in the final has been fourth-line winger Tomas Nosek, who has three goals in three games for Vegas. A win tonight and Ovechkin and his Capitals will be on track to lift Lord Stanley’s prized chalice for the first time in team history.

Next Game: Tonight at 5 p.m. in Washington.

B.C.-born player update:

There are only four British Columbians remaining on team rosters in the Stanley Cup final. Langley’s Shea Theodore has recorded a power-play goal and an assist during the series for Vegas. He has three goals and six assists to lead all Vegas defencemen in playoff points this year. Campbell River’s Brett Connolly scored one goal in the first game of the final, but has since been unable to find the scoresheet for the Capitals.

Conn Smythe Trophy watch:

Alex Ovechkin: Ovie is the only player to record at least one point in every game of the Stanley Cup final. He is two points behind the lead in playoff scoring (held by Kuznetsov) and is tied for the lead in goals. Ovechkin is arguably the best player to have played in the NHL without winning a Stanley Cup. Seeing the fire in his eyes and ability to find the back of the net, it is hard seeing Ovechkin not raise the Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe this year.

Jonathan Marchessault: Marchessault is leading the Golden Knights in goals and points and so far only has one assist in the Stanley Cup final. Marchessault has had an outstanding playoff run and if the Golden Knights can take back the series lead the responsibility will certainly fall on Marchessault and their first line.

Evgeny Kuznetsov: After battling an upper-body injury suffered during Game 2, Kuznetsov was back on the ice in Game 3 to score the game winning goal along with an assist. He is leading the playoffs in points and it looks like he will continue to play through the injury until the end of the Stanley Cup finals. Playing at the level he is with an injury is difficult to overlook for the Conn Smythe.

Just Posted

Kelowna Rocket invited to Hockey Canada National Under-17 Development Camp

The 16-year-old was selected by the Rockets 18th overall at the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft

Kelowna RCMP serve up slices and support for Special Olympics B.C.

Last years inaugural campaign raised more than $12,000

Car window smashed with a bike in Kelowna

A staffer working in the area on the incident says vandalism is a reoccurring problem

Kelowna Mayor’s walking tour of Rutland cancelled

Growing issues surrounding supportive housing leads to rescheduled meeting with concerned resident

Kelowna RCMP net traffickers in undercover op

The RCMP reported dozens of arrests in the investigation

VIDEO: Killer whale steals fisherman’s catch off North Coast

Fishing duel results in eager orca snagging salmon in Prince Rupert

UPDATED: Highway 97 near Penticton reopened after serious crash

Accident closes highway in both directions

Fate of accused in Canadian couple’s 1987 killings in jury’s hands

William Talbott’s lawyer says DNA doesn’t prove murder

Vernon artist featured at Kelowna exhibit

Mariel Belanger one of three female indigenous artists

Hergott: Moral obligations and your will

Lawyer Paul Hergott discusses wills and moral obligation

Child killed after being hit in driveway on Vancouver Island

The driver of the vehicle remained at the crash scene and is fully cooperating

Rain delays repair of Shuswap road damaged in mudslide

Seymour Arm forest service road not expected to reopen until early next week

Cat badly hurt in animal trap was likely stuck for days, B.C. owner says

Blu, a three-year-old house cat, suffered severe damage to his hind leg after being stuck in trap for days

Alleged Okanagan shoplifter tracked down by RCMP

Vernon retail store’s loss prevention officer’s description of suspect helps lead to arrest

Most Read