Devante Smith-Pelly of Scarborough, Ontario scored the game winning goal for the Washington Capitals in game four of the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals on Monday from the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. The Capitals beat the Vegas Golden Knights 6-2 to take a 3-1 lead in the best out of seven series.
Smith-Pelly was one of three Canadians to score for the Capitals in the game. He was joined by Tom Wilson of Toronto, Ontario and Brett Connolly of Prince George, British Columbia. The other Capitals goal scorers were T.J. Oshie, John Carlson and Michal Kempny.
Wilson was the first Canadian on the Capitals to score. He made the score 2-0 with 3:34 left in the first period from Evgeny Kuznetsov. Smith-Pelly then scored the game winning goal with 21 seconds left in the first period from Matt Niskanen and Alexander Ovechkin to make the score 3-0 Washington. Finally, Connolly’s goal came with 1:09 left in the third period from Nicklas Backstrom and Kuznetsov to make the score 6-2 Washington.
With the win, the Capitals are now one win away from their very first Stanley Cup in franchise history. When Washington went to the 1998 Stanley Cup Finals (their only other Stanley Cup Final in franchise history), they were swept by the Detroit Red Wings in four games. Game five is in Las Vegas on Thursday night.