Sports | June 5, 2018 9:27 am

The House May Not Win: Vegas on Verge of Losing Stanley Cup

Evgeny Kuznetsov has four assists in Washington’s 6-2 win, Caps take 3-1 series lead.

Brett Connolly #10 of the Washington Capitals is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a third-periof goal as Shea Theodore #27 of the Vegas Golden Knights reacts in Game Four of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Capital One Arena on June 4, 2018 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Brett Connolly #10 of the Washington Capitals is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a third-periof goal as Shea Theodore #27 of the Vegas Golden Knights reacts in Game Four of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Capital One Arena on June 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The Vegas Golden Knights have picked the worst possible time to go on a cold streak.

After winning Game 1 of the NHL’s Stanley Cup Final out in the desert, the Knights have lost three straight games and are on the verge of losing the championship to the Washington Capitals.

The Knights’ latest loss came largely due to the work of Caps forward Evgeny Kuznetsov, who notched four assists during Washington’s 6-2 win in Game 4 in D.C. on Monday night.

Washington’s offense was balanced in the blowout win, as six different players—T.J. Oshie, Tom Wilson, Devante Smith-Pelly, John Carlson, Michal Kempny and Brett Connolly—scored the team’s six goals.

In net, the Capitals’ Braden Holtby stopped 28 shots in a strong showing that was helped by Knights forward James Neal, who hit the post instead of a wide-open net early in the game, killing any momentum the visitors might have been able to build.

On the other side, Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury allowed six goals on 23 shots, looking very pedestrian.

Up 3-1 in the series, the Capitals will head back to Vegas with a chance to win it all in Game 5 on Thursday.

“You have the opportunity to do something special as a group, but it’s going to be the hardest thing to do, the hardest game to win because there’s a very good team on the other side, a very proud team,” said Washington coach Barry Trotz. “They’re great in their building. We’re not scared of their building. We’ve proved it that we’re very good on the road and we’re going to go there and put our best effort in there.”