Washington Capitals Win Their First Stanley Cup

Ovechkin is MVP as Caps defeat first-year Vegas
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 7, 2018 10:24 PM CDT
Washington Capitals Win Their First Stanley Cup
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin celebrates as the Capitals defeated the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The Washington Capitals have won their first Stanley Cup. Alex Ovechkin scored midway through the game and Lars Eller had a go-ahead goal with 6:37 left in the third period, lifting the Capitals to a 4-3 victory over the first-year Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 on Thursday night. The expansion Golden Knights closed their record-breaking season with their first four-game losing streak. The Capitals went into the third trailing 3-2 and went ahead after Devante Smith-Pelly and Eller scored 2:31 apart midway through the pivotal period.

Braden Holtby, who made a spectacular stick save to help win Game 2, made enough saves to seal the win while the clock appeared to malfunction after Vegas pulled Marc-Andre Fleury to add an extra skater with more than a minute remaining, per the AP. Things finally got sorted out, however, with about 30 seconds left. Ovechkin was named the the Most Valuable Player of the playoffs.

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