Washington Capitals Hoist First Stanley Cup After Dramatic Win Over Vegas

Heather Diaz
June 8, 2018

A scoreless first period, five total goals in the second, multiple lead changes and ties throughout.

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Being up three games to one has often been a risky 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.

Devante Smith-Pelly tied it with a full-stretch goal midway through the final period of the Capitals' fourth consecutive victory over the Golden Knights, whose incredible expansion season finally ended in the desert.

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Andre Burakovsky gathered a loose puck behind the net and found Brett Connolly, who fired a shot at Marc-Andre Fleury. It was a great play that gave Washington the lead with just shy of eight minutes left in the game. The team scored in the third period or overtime in 20 of 24 games in the playoffs.

But they met an overpowering Capitals team that won the Metropolitan Division with a 49-26 regular-season record. Goalie Braden Holtby stopped 28 of 31 shots against him, including three of four attempts during power plays.

With temperatures hitting 37 C outside T-Mobile Arena, the heat was turned up before the opening faceoff as Ovechkin and Fleury exchanged not-so-friendly love taps near centre ice in warmups, but nothing really materialized out of the exchange.

The Capitals are one win away from their first Stanley Cup for a multitude of reasons, primarily because everybody is doing their jobs to perfection. He has a -4 rating over the past two games.

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