Washington Capitals win Stanley Cup; first National Hockey League title in team history

Washington Capitals win Stanley Cup; first National Hockey League title in team history

Washington Capitals win Stanley Cup; first National Hockey League title in team history

Walker, who is also the first Australian to play in the National Hockey League period, lifted Lord Stanley today as part of the victorious Washington Capitals side, who closed out the Stanley Cup finals today, completing a 4-1 rout of the fairytale Vegas Golden Knights to secure the franchise's first-ever Cup victory.

Alex Tuch skated away from the melee-inflicted dog pile that followed a goal he orchestrated and toward the penalty box nodding his head.

BC-HKN-Stanley Cup, 1st Ld, 128URGENTCapitals beat Golden Knights 4-3, win their 1st Stanley CupAP Photo NVMT141, NVMT126, NVMT131, NVMT132, NVMT110, NVMT137, NVMT109, NVMT108, NVMT133Eds: APNewsNow. Despite a series that had turned against them in so many ways, they would concede nothing.

Trump tweeted: "Congratulations to the Washington Capitals on their GREAT play and winning the Stanley Cup Championship". In a five-game series, Washington's top centres, Kuznetsov and Backstrom, combined for 15 points. The Golden Knights were 10-0 in this postseason when leading after two periods, but the Capitals overcame that number too.

Before this spring, the Capitals had made it past the second round of the playoffs just twice and reached the final once, when Tikkanen and Co. were swept by the Red Wings. "We want to be able to say thank you to people in Virginia and Maryland and Washington, D.C. My goal is to create something that elevates and unites all of the people in our community, so people think happy thoughts about Washington, D.C". Vegas never got close to a tying goal despite both teams getting an extra chance to rest while the officials checked on the timing.

The chances for major professional sports titles simply don't come around very often. It became an inevitability: Regular season success would lead to crushing playoff defeat.

The city hasn't had a team long enough to know true torment?

The Golden Knights showed plenty of flashes of why they've become so beloved. With him being on the first forward line and the first power-play unit, this is another case where they just need MORE from him.

"It feels nice but it's not over yet", Ovechkin, who has 14 goals and 12 assists in the playoffs, said of needing just one more victory to win the Stanley Cup. Golden Knights in 7. He has allowed two or fewer goals in five of his last six games.

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. Then the prized championship trophy made its way to Brooks Orpik to Matt Niskanen to T.J. Oshie to Jay Beagle to John Carlson to Braden Holtby to Lars Eller and eventually Devante Smith-Pelly.

But think of where Fleury, the Golden Knights' consummate leader, has brought them.

Expansion teams in Australia tend to be given a fair leg up with concessionary draft picks - and to an extent that was the case for the Knights here. Now his team is three wins from winning the Cup, but coming back from a three-games-to-one deficit is a tall order.

Perhaps it's fitting that the adrenaline is pumping big time and luck seems to be shifting dramatically moment to moment as the 2018 Stanley Cup Final shifted back to Vegas for Game 5.

- The Golden Knights have lost three games in a row for the first time since February 26th - March 2nd. In pregame warmups, Ovechkin playfully nicked Fleury's stick as he stretched. They did so again Thursday night and celebrated wildly after the final horn out in Las Vegas. The Golden Knights had no intention of succumbing. "This group went through a lot of pain, especially past year".

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