Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Stanley Cup Finals 2018: Capitals vs

Stanley Cup Finals 2018: Capitals vs

The Capitals soared to victory on the strength of two third-period goals after they went down 3-2 on Smith's goal in the second.

Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final is on Thursday, June 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET in Las Vegas.

The Capitals won Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final 4-3 over the Vegas Golden Knights to win the series four games to one and earn the first Cup in the franchise's 43-year history.

Lars Eller scored the go-ahead goal for Washington with 7:37 remaining. The team scored in the third period or overtime in 20 of 24 games in the playoffs. Smith-Pelly barely controlled the puck and stretched out to fling it toward the net while falling face-forward, and it slipped inside Fleury's post for the veteran forward's seventh goal of the postseason - matching his total from the entire regular season. If they can get the win it would secure their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. Nicklas Backstrom hit Ovechkin just in front of his usual left-circle spot for a one-timer to make it 2-1.

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Germany stayed at the top of the rankings, despite being winless in five games and having lost their past two matches in a row. England face Tunisia, Panama and Belgium in Group G and they have a 71% chance of reaching the knock-out rounds.

Braden Holtby was once again solid in the Washington net, turning aside 28 of the 31 shots he faced and posting a save percentage above.900 for the forth time this series.

Washington challenged for goalie interference, but the call on the ice stood before Smith gave the home side a 3-2 lead. He has a -4 rating over the past two games.

Using a quiet soundtrack that builds to a loud crescendo, the video captures the DC area and the Capitals game experience while using clips of the team's players and coaches from when they were young and showing how they've matured to now.

If Vegas wins and avoids elimination, the Capitals will host Game 6 on Sunday.

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