Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Washington Capitals win Stanley Cup

Washington Capitals win Stanley Cup

Despite a fairytale season that ended just three wins short of the ultimate prize, Vegas' loss was crushing to the players who put so much into the year.

League veteran Alex Ovechkin not only secured his elusive first Stanley Cup win as a player, but took out the Conn Smythe trophy after being adjudged the playoffs MVP. If Vegas holds on, Game 6 in Washington will be Sunday night. The Vegas Golden Knights needed to defend home ice if they wanted to keep their incredible run alive.

Vegas leads Washington 3-2 going into the third period after the two teams combined for five goals in a wild second period. The referees let the goal stand after reviewing the play. He not only allowed the Golden Knights just eight goals over the last four games, but won in Vegas twice.

They nearly didn't get past the first round.

The public address announcer inside T-Mobile Arena wasn't even done announcing that goal before Ovechkin drew a tripping penalty and then scored on a one-time snapshot from the bottom of the left faceoff circle off a pinpoint feed from Nicklas Backstrom to make it 2-1 just 34 second later.

The Golden Knights, meanwhile, became the first National Hockey League expansion team since 1980 to make the playoffs in their debut season. They finally beat the Penguins in Round 2.

- Yes. I firmly believe Vegas will come out strongly to get the ice tilted in their favor. The Knights would answer when Nate Schmidt threw a puck into a crowd that redirected off of Matt Niskanen's skate and in. Thirty-four seconds after that, the Capitals scored again to go ahead 2-1. He gave up six goals in Game 4 of this series.

Reilly Smith scored a go-ahead goal late in the second period for the Golden Knights, who won seven of their first eight home playoff games before dropping the last two. In this building here tonight ... if you're going to win on the road I could not imagine a better place to do it than right here. He came to Vegas in the expansion draft and found a new lease on life, becoming the face of the franchise off the ice and the backbone on the ice.

NOTES: Washington is the 19th active franchise to win the Stanley Cup.

After years of postseason futility, the Washington hockey team finally had a breakthrough this season.

Want some more? Of course you do! Braden Holtby stopped 28 shots.

"I think we have great character in this room and we've shown it all season long", Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said.

Potomac's Lynda Carter, widely known for her role as Wonder Woman during the 1970s television series, was spotted Saturday in D.C. wearing a Capitals jersey prior to Game 3.

Vrana opened the scoring when he broke in alone off a nice outlet pass by Tom Wilson and fired a shot over Fleury's glove for his third goal of the playoffs.

But after becoming the fifth player in the last quarter-century to score at least 15 goals in a postseason, Ovechkin is a champion at last.

And the bet is that this is a franchise that won't have to wait 43 years to raise a Stanley Cup of its own.

Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final is under way in Las Vegas.

In a flawless world, the ideal ending to the storybook season of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights ends with the Stanley Cup being the main attraction during a victory parade down the famed Las Vegas Strip. Perron played in the Final's first three games before sitting out Game 4.

In the after-game delirium, fans screamed as they hugged each other in gridlocked streets and drivers honked their horns all over the city, as far away as the K Street corridor of lobbyist power not far from the White House.

Even with a commanding series lead, the Caps all spoke of the importance of consistency and seizing the moment after their light workout.

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