Washington Capitals win first ever Stanley Cup

F.P. Santangelo the color analyst for the Washington Nationals’ telecasts on MASN during a game in 2012

"We did it", Ovechkin said.

No player will enjoy this Cup more than Alex Ovechkin, who was named the Conn Smythe Trophy victor, and cements his legacy as one of the greatest players of all-time.

After a tight first period, five goals were scored in the second as Jakub Vrana opened the scoring for the Capitals.

"We are grateful that Monumental has stepped in to support the Caps, Metro and - most importantly - the fans", WMATA general manager and CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld said in a statement. "That's all that matters". Look at the smiles on my teammates.

You know that scrapbook inside your head where you keep the most important moments in your life? "I'm so happy. It's unbelievable".

It has been a magical season so far for the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, but it seems as if the team has finally met its match. After so many years of crushing disappointment for a team with a lengthy history of postseason failure, these Capitals confidently won their fourth consecutive closeout game with a tenacious third-period comeback in Vegas.

The championship is the first by a Washington professional sports team in the NFL, NBA, NHL or Major League Baseball since the Redskins won the Super Bowl on January 26, 1992.

They stormed to the Pacific Division title before posting a remarkable 12-3 record over the first three rounds of the playoffs to book their spot in the championship series. "It took years. Years of heartbreak", Holtby said. "And we finally did it".

Ovechkin was voted victor of the 2018 Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Ovechkin shouted "Yeah! Yeah!"

The Caps enjoyed periods of success in the 80s and 90s, even making it to their only previous Stanley Cup Final in 1998, only to be swept by the Detroit Red Wings. The Stanley Cup. The Caps have been trying to get their hands on it since 1974 and Ovechkin had failed to touch it since coming from Russian Federation in 2005.

Gary Bettman hands Alex Ovechkin the Stanley Cup - the first in the Washington Capitals' history. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their opponents power plays. But with three chances to get one win, Ovechkin and his teammates want to seize their very first opportunity for the clincher on the Las Vegas ice. "And she says, 'No, no, the Lightning-Capitals game!'" "Doesn't happen too often". The Capitals are 1-5 in their last six Thursday games.

The Capitals go back to Washington up 3-2, facing a must-win game to avoid a Game 7 in Las Vegas.

"It means everything, you couldn't write the story better".

Props to National Hockey League on NBC analyst Jeremy Roenick for getting this on-ice tear-jerker interview with former Warroad standout T.J. Oshie, whose father is battling Alzheimer's.

"With soccer practice, and a young girl's social calendar, she made as many games as she could", Hawley said, fighting back tears. "I couldn't hold it together anymore. That's all we have to think right now". The championship is the first by a Washington professional sports team in the NFL, NBA, NHL or Major League Baseball since the Redskins won the Super Bowl on January 26, 1992, and came 40 years to the day the Bullets won basketball's title. After all, a wild parade, as yet unscheduled, awaits when they return home on Friday, as does a long offseason of celebration.

The Capitals' triumph also adds another chapter to a stretch of sweet relief for long-suffering, loyal sports fans across North America.

- Their defense has been bad this series, allowing three or more goals in each of the first four games.

But in the end, it was Ovechkin and the Caps' night.

Ovechkin, who turns 33 later this year, has been among the most exciting and productive players in his sport since joining the Caps in 2005. There was the little matter of who would receive the Conn Smythe Trophy as the 2017-18 Stanley Cup playoffs MVP. "If he scores a big goal like that, I'm not going to tell him he can't". Anything else, and the Capitals will be raising the Cup tonight. "It was a hard, long season".

After securing victory, the ice was overrun with players and families. With Vegas this season, he's had a breakout year, scoring 43 goals and picking up 35 assists in the regular season, and seven goals and eight assists in playoffs. "Some things slip his memory these days but this one, I think this one is going to be seared in there".

"We knew that the team was good, but with so much change you never know what to expect", he told Oake. "We knew we could do something special and we did".

Devante Smith-Pelly tied the game with 10:08 left, sweeping a rebound past Marc-Andre Fleury while falling down.

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