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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Washington Capitals have beaten the Vegas Golden Knights 3-1 and taken a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Final.

Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored second-period goals and Devante Smith-Pelly added another late in the third period to put the Golden Knights in a hole. The lone Vegas goal came from Tomas Nosek, who cashed in a mistake by Washington goaltender Braden Holtby at 3:29 of the third period.

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 02: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals scores a goal on Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Vegas Golden Knights in the second period in Game Three of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Capital One Arena on June 2, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Vegas pulled goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury for the final two and half minutes of the game but couldn’t break through.

It was the first Stanley Cup Final held in the nation’s capital since 1998.

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