Washington Capitals Hoist First Stanley Cup After Dramatic Win Over Vegas

May JohnsonJun 08, 2018

The Washington Capitals are now 3-1 in the series, and will play the Golden Knights for Game 5 in Vegas Thursday night at 8 p.m.

Ovechkin, Jakub Vrana and Devante Smith-Pelly also scored goals for Washington, which entered the National Hockey League in the 1974-75 season.

The victory capped a storybook year for the Capitals, and solidified star Alex Ovechkin's status among some of the all-time greats with his first championship of his career. The Capitals challenged, claiming interference, but the goal stands.

Washington dropped the first game of the series, but rallied to win four straight contests, wrapping up the series-clinching victory on the road.

Moments later, the Knights struggled to keep up with the Caps' puck movement and Brett Connolly open for a shot. Now, he doesn't have to carry the burden of being the best player never to win a title.

Warriors step up in golden moment
He has scored more points in the Western Conference Finals than anybody else in National Basketball Association history. We can't use game one as a feel-out game. "It's not about proximity [to the restricted area]", McCutchen told ESPN .

The spectacular individual effort tied the game 3-3 with just over 10 minutes to play in the game.

Lars Eller scored with 7:37 left in the third period as the Capitals defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in Game 5 of the best-of-seven final to take the series 4-1. They need a big first period.

The expansion Golden Knights ended their surprise season with the first four-game losing streak in franchise history. If they can turn it around and get back to being to Golden Knights we remember, they might have a chance, but the damage may already be done. Based on the series so far that has been the Capitals. I was personally very low on him this season since he gave up over three goals per game, but has looked elite in the playoffs.

The Golden Knights are confident in Fleury, but they have to show it on the ice. The Capitals are a +125 underdog, while the over-under is set at 5.5 goals.

Forwards (12): Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, William Carrier, Cody Eakin, Erik Haula, William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault, James Neal, Tomas Nosek, David Perron, Reilly Smith, Tomas Tatar and Alex Tuch.

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