Ovechkin and Capitals overcome final hurdle to win Stanley Cup

Caps on cusp of Cup after Washington takes 3-1 series lead in Stanley Cup Final

The Washington Capitals won the 2018 Stanley Cup, and when sports teams win championships, players often can't describe their own emotions.

Eller was quickest to a loose puck sitting behind Marc-Andre Fleury after Brett Connolly's initial shot went off Knights defenceman Colin Miller and squeezed through the Vegas goalie for his seventh goal of the playoffs.

The Stanley Cup was hoisted into the air and paraded around the rink Thursday night at T-Mobile Arena, but it wasn't how Golden Knights' fans imagined it before the series started.

The Washington Capitals have defeated the Vegas Golden Knights, 4-3, to win the franchise's first ever Stanley Cup.

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Jakub Vrana and Devante Smith-Pelly also scored for the Capitals. Goalie Braden Holtby stopped 28 of 31 shots against him, including three of four attempts during power plays.

Reilly Smith, with a goal and an assist, Nate Schmidt and David Perron replied for Vegas.

With 15 goals, 12 assists and 27 points, Ovechkin also won the Conn Smythe. A possessed Ovechkin jumped of the bench and drew a tripping penalty on the very next shift and then hammered home a shot from his office on the power play. "So, that's all that matters", Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin told the NBC broadcast.

That's what it took to finally end this miracle expansion season in Vegas. The Capitals took firm control of the series after taking both games on home ice, but Vegas can claw their way back with a win on home ice.

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While he stopped short at predicting a victor, Jagr did love what the Golden Knights were doing this season.

The total has gone under in 14 of the Capitals' last 18 games against Pacific Division teams.

The Washington Capitals came from behind to beat the Golden Knights 4-3, and win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

The Capitals franchise has the dubious distinction of having lost five playoff series after leading 3-1, which is an National Hockey League record.

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