The Wshington Capitals are winners of the 2018 Stanley Cup over the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. After losing the first game of the series, Washington won four straight to seal the deal. It’s their first Cup win in their franchise’s history dating back to 1974.
The game seesawed back and forth until the third period. Scoreless through one period, Washigton’s Jakub Vrana got the Caps on the board with a goal early in the second. The Golden Knights tied it up minutes later with a goal from Nate Schmidt. Alexander Ovechkin cashed in on the power play to make it 2-1 Capitals midway through the second.
This goal was Ovechkin’s 15th of the playoffs, a record for Capitals postseason play.
The Knights weren’t about to go away anytime soon. David Perron would score just two minutes later to make it 2-2, while Nate Schmidt would score a power play goal late in the period to make it 3-2 Knights after 40 minutes.
Devante Smith-Pelley would score an acrobatic goal midway through the third period to tie it up 3-3.
Lars Eller would score the game winner three minutes later.
For Washington, the spoils. Seeing Alexander Ovechkin with the Stanley Cup made for a great photograph. Ovechkin received the Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP. Every Caps fan can finally breathe a sigh of relief.
For Vegas, no doubt some disappointment. They had a heck of a regular season and run to the playoffs. They’ll be hard pressed to replicate that next season.
For the Oilers, the offseason begins now.