At long last, Ovechkin and Capitals are Stanley Cup champs

Capitals fans chanting ‘We Want The Cup’ will give you chills	 	 
	 		By Ian Oland

Capitals fans chanting ‘We Want The Cup’ will give you chills By Ian Oland

After decades of heartbreak, the Washington Capitals have finally reached the top.

Being up three games to one has often been a unsafe series lead for the Washington Capitals, which might be why the Vegas Golden Knights are favored to stave off elimination in the Stanley Cup final on Thursday night.

Washington's Devante Smith-Pelly acrobatically scores in the third period of Game 5 on Thursday.

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

Over the next 18 seasons, the Capitals returned to the playoffs 12 times but their string of blows kept coming. It was his 15th goal of the playoffs, passing John Druce for most in a single postseason in Washington history (1990). "That's all that matters".

The total has gone under in 14 of the Capitals' last 18 games against Pacific Division teams. Vegas never got close to a tying goal.

A scoreless first period gave way to a wild second period with five goals, two ties and a lead change that temporarily put the Golden Knights ahead. The Golden Knights won 51 - plus another 13 in the playoffs.

Washington's win was its 10th on the road in this postseason, tying the National Hockey League playoff record and illustrating the superior toughness of this team.

- This is a tough one, but I'm guessing both teams won't want to take the first penalty, and we'll see a faster and cleaner first period to see how the offenses shake out. They entered the series with Washington having lost only three games all postseason, backed by players mostly in their mid-20s, save for Marc-Andre Fleury, the former Penguins Stanley-Cup winning goaltender.

Despite the major pro sports team's troubles, D.C. United is immune to the curse.

This series could get complicated. Anything else, and the Capitals will be raising the Cup tonight. Thursday also marked the 40th anniversary of the Washington Wizards' only National Basketball Association title. After several seasons of being measured unfavorably against Fleury and other goaltending greats despite his 2016 Vezina Trophy, the Saskatchewan native also has his long-sought ring. That travesty still didn't match the heartbreak of the Nats blowing a 6-0 lead to the Cardinals in Game 5 of the 2012 NLDS. Jakub Vrana and Alex Ovechkin also scored, and Braden Holtby made 28 saves.

Moments later, the Knights struggled to keep up with the Caps' puck movement and Brett Connolly open for a shot. Then immediately following that goal, a massive fight broke out. The over is 2-2 in the series, cashing in Game 1 and Game 4. Carrier hadn't played since the second round against San Jose, while Perron was a healthy scratch for only one game.

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