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

Washington Capitals Hoist First Stanley Cup After Dramatic Win Over Vegas

Washington Capitals Hoist First Stanley Cup After Dramatic Win Over Vegas

The Capitals on Thursday night won the Stanley Cup for the first time in a franchise history that dates back to 1974, defeating the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in Game 5.

The championship required a dramatic comeback, as Devante Smith-Pelly's third-period goal was the equalizer before Lars Eller scored the game-winner on a play that will forever be remembered in Washington sports lore. The team scored in the third period or overtime in 20 of 24 games in the playoffs.

They did so in come-from-behind fashion scoring two unanswered goals in the final peroid to take home the victory. "That's all that matters".

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

An undeniable throng of Capitals fans made the trip west to attend the game, as their red attire permeated the arena and the Las Vegas Strip.

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Washington Capitals wing Alex Ovechkin has not won the Stanley Cup so far in his career. Puck drops at 8:00 p.m.

Washington, which stills owns the worst expansion record of any team in National Hockey League history at 8-67-5, failed to make the playoffs in its first eight seasons and endured a number of playoff heartbreaks.

This has been a tough series, mostly because we think we know this Capitals team because we've seen them in the playoffs so many times.

Despite the major pro sports team's troubles, D.C. United is immune to the curse. They got a barn-burner of a finale befitting this thrilling series, with wild shifts of momentum before that weird clock incident that didn't appear to affect the outcome. Lord Stanley will be in the house Thursday night, as the Caps look to close out the series on the road after a convincing 6-2 win on Monday.

Alex Ovechkin is a Stanley Cup champion at last - and he has another piece of hardware, too. Anything else, and the Capitals will be raising the Cup tonight.

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