Washington Capitals win Stanley Cup after beating Vegas Golden Knights 4-3

Washington Capitals win Stanley Cup after beating Vegas Golden Knights 4-3

It turns out the party really does end at some point in Las Vegas, though, but this time only for the home team. Washington was led by Alex Ovechkin, who in March became the 20th player in National Hockey League history to score 600 goals and just the fourth to reach that number in fewer than 1,000 games.

So did the Capitals' agonizing wait for their first championship since the franchise's debut in 1974.

- Their penalty kill is 10 for their last 11, a rate which is simply unbelievable but can carry them in the short term. "He can be the difference every game". Jakub Vrana and Alex Ovechkin also scored for the Capitals, while Nate Schmidt, David Perron and Reilly Smith scored for the Golden Knights.

The Knights came close to stretching that advantage early in the third, but Holtby came up with some big stops to keep his team within one inside a raucous T-Mobile Arena. "The only guy I don't like is the bird man, whatever his name is".

Maybe there was just too much goal scoring greatness engraved for Lord Stanley to handle at one time.

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. With their backs against the wall, they will have to respond to adversity in a way they haven't done before.

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After Lars Eller scored the go ahead goal for the Caps with 7:37 to go and Washington held on until the final buzzer, people inside the arena shot their arms up in glee, ran onto the basketball court at the center of the multi-purpose facility or even chucked their beer straight into the air. But the most important number was zero, as in the number of times they advanced beyond the second round.

- Their power-play is 2 for 12 in this series, a trend which continues from the prior series where they were 2 for 11.

It was a spastic Game 5 that never quite decided what it wanted to be, but was exactly what the Capitals and their fans needed it to be - a series clincher. The NFL's Philadelphia Eagles won their first Super Bowl in February, and baseball's Houston Astros won their first World Series last November.

The remarkable Golden Knights hadn't lost four consecutive games in their entire inaugural season before the Caps rolled them.

They benefitted from taking part in the first expansion draft in the salary cap era, meaning fewer players from existing teams" squads were "protected' from being poached than had been the case in previous expansions. The bird has been the word during the playoffs, however; Kuznetsov has been one of the top point producers and has gone back to his signature move, including after scoring in Game 3 vs. Vegas. The over is 2-2 in the series, cashing in Game 1 and Game 4. But the Caps became the most unhappy presidents to occupy Washington in those years.

"That was a toss-up for me, I thought they were neck and neck if you ask me who gets the Conn Smythe, I thought that's gonna be a tough choice", Trotz said. We'll leave this open until the 2:00 mark. Vegas never got close to a tying goal despite both teams getting an extra chance to rest while the officials checked on the timing.

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