James Neal had the puck on his stick and was staring at an open net. In a can't-miss situation, that's exactly what he did.
Poised to give the Vegas Golden Knights the opening goal in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, the veteran leader of this upstart expansion team hit the right post . Ping! The puck skipped behind Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby and slithered harmlessly toward the back boards.
"You want those chances. Nine times out of 10 you probably put that in the back of the net," Neal said. "I had the composure to wait. And then you shoot it and you're like, 'Oh!'"
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