Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals stayed cool in the 100-degree Vegas heat and evened the Stanley Cup Final.
Holtby made 37 saves, Ovechkin scored a power-play goal and Lars Eller added a goal and two assists in the Capitals’ 3-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 2 on Wednesday night.
Washington lost leading scorer Evgeny Kuznetsov to an upper-body injury in the first period after a big hit from Vegas defenseman Brayden McNabb. The Caps avoided any hotheaded retaliation and concentrated on a gritty effort that was enough to even the series.
We talked about the policy,Vrabel said. I wanted to make sure that everybody understood the policy that just came out, so as coaches and players and everybody in our organization, we’re fully aware of what the policy is. With that being said, we’re also fully aware that we have (controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk’s) and the entire organization’s support to make a decision based on that policy.
No Titans players ever have knelt during the national anthem, but a handful have found other ways to participate in the widespread protest against racial discrimination and police brutality, which former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began two seasons ago.
Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews, whose father is a longtime Marine and whose brother was killed in Afghanistan, remained in the locker room rather than stand for the anthem before nearly every game last season. Matthews declined to speak when approached for an interview last week.
Other Titans have raised a fist in the air once the anthem concludes.