Washington Capitals win first Stanley Cup

Washington Capitals win first Stanley Cup

Washington Capitals win first Stanley Cup

The basis for backing the Golden Knights is that they have lacked puck luck, never more so than when left wing James Neal hit the post with a wide-open net when Game 4 was still scoreless on Monday.

The Knights tried to write one more chapter in their improbable expansion season, but were unable to find a way as the Capitals spilled on the ice to celebrate the first Cup in their 44-year history. It really appeared as if the Capitals' championship window had closed too, at least in the Ovechkin era. You have to face this thing head on.

Lars Eller scored with 7:37 left, giving the Capitals a 4-3 lead against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Smith-Pelly tied the game 3-3 at 9:52 of the third period when he stopped Brooks Orpik's point shot with his skate and slide his seventh goal of the playoffs beyond an outstretched Fleury.

After Ovechkin accepted the Conn Smythe Trophy, he received the Cup from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

It was the first time since the first period of Game 2 that the Golden Knights were ahead in the series.

Captain Alex Ovechkin, who scored an early power-play goal and was the playoff MVP, and his teammates are Washington's first championship hockey team - and the city's first champion in a major pro sport since the Redskins won the Super Bowl in early 1992.

"I would use the word engaged", coach Barry Trotz said Tuesday. "He is totally engaged into every shift on the bench". He converted a crossing pass by Nicklas Backstrom with a one-timer from the edge of the left circle that bounced in off Fleury's pad.

"You still have to win the four games right? They're all connected. And that's really, really important".

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Major League Soccer does have a history of instant success with Houston Dynamo and Chicago Fire winning the title in their first year but don't let that get in the way of what is still a mightily impressive story. So how did they put together a team good enough to finish fifth in the overall standings during the regular season, and make it to the finals of the Stanley Cup playoffs?

Ovechkin helped drag them across the finish line.

Washington challenged for goalie interference, but the call on the ice stood before Smith gave the home side a 3-2 lead. "We want to be able to say thank you to people in Virginia and Maryland and Washington, D.C. My goal is to create something that elevates and unites all of the people in our community, so people think happy thoughts about Washington, D.C".

The Great Eight's trophy case is full now. Three of those players had multi-point games. Everyone can now agree though that both Ovechkin and Crosby are two of the best ever - and both are winners.

- I've said it before, I generally always take the home team, so no changing that trend now.

Washington said goodbye to Kevin Shattenkirk, Karl Alzner, Mr.

The Caps' cup, their Stanley Cup, runneth over, at last. "I don't know how many records we broke over the course of the season, but it's just something we've grown accustomed to by now, and we are going to come out and play hard".

The biggest windfall at the draft came in the form of first-string netminder Fleury, 33, a three-time Stanley Cup victor who the Pittsburgh Penguins may have thought was washed up. It came back to life 19 seconds later, an eternity in hockey time.

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