January 23, 2019

Alex Ovechkin, Capitals Win 1st Stanley Cup with Win over Golden Knights

08 June 2018, 07:05 | Anna Jefferson

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Both teams came out aggressive in Game 5, but remained scoreless in the first period.

The Capitals now lead the Cup series 3-1 over the Golden Knights, which means they're only a game away from bringing another championship to D.C. The Caps lead the best of seven series three games to one. Expansion teams aren't expected to still be playing this close to the summer solstice-just ask the Capitals, who won just eight games as an expansion team in 1974-but Vegas rolled on.

The Knights tied the game up shortly after at 10:20 with a shot redirected off a skate - only to watch as Capitals' Alex Ovechkin scored less than a minute later at 9:46.

Washington ended up winning, 4-3, on a late third period goal by Lars Eller.

Beyond the road wins, hot laps, and Alex Ovechkin's GIF-worthy reactions, there's been nothing more synonymous with the team's thrilling playoff run than the team's powerful intro video that's aired during home games.

Vegas will be motivated for Game 5 with their season on the line, but the Capitals are just as motivated with the Stanley Cup right there in sight. This is the first Stanley Cup title for Ovechkin, one of the greatest hockey players in modern NHL history and the first Russian player to captain a Stanley Cup champion. The Capitals challenged, claiming interference, but the goal stands.

Jakub Vrana and Devante Smith-Pelly also scored for the Capitals.

NOTES: The Knights made two lineup changes from Game 4, inserting Perron and William Carrier while scratching Ryan Reaves and Ryan Carpenter. It's been 26 years since a major Washington professional sports franchise has won a championship.

The Capitals had reached the Cup Final once previously, in 1998, when they were swept by the Detroit Red Wings.

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