The remarkable Golden Knights hadn't lost four consecutive games in their entire inaugural season before the Caps rolled them. There were lead changes, a coach's challenge, fights and power plays as the teams picked up the pace following a goal-less opening period.
In the final minute of the second period, Reilly Smith scored on a handsome Alex Tuch pass to put the Knights up 3-2.
The Golden Knights didn't get to celebrate very long because there was a lot of pushing, shoving and face-washing behind the net right after the go-ahead goal. The Stanley Cup. The Caps have been trying to get their hands on it since 1974 and Ovechkin had failed to touch it since coming from Russian Federation in 2005. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their opponents power plays.
- Yes. I firmly believe Vegas will come out strongly to get the ice tilted in their favor.
Facing elimination for the first time in their history, the Knights tied it at 9:40 when Schmidt's point shot deflected off the skate of Washington defenceman defenceman Matt Niskanen in front for his third. Thirty-four seconds after that, the Capitals scored again to go ahead 2-1. There was none. Washington was better in every phase over five games.
"2018 Stanley Cup Champions", Belle Holtby's flag reads - which these guys will be forever. He beat Marc-Andre Fleury on his glove side, sending the puck over his left elbow and into the net.
"I'm so happy for the group that has gone through the misery", said Washington coach Barry Trotz, a first-time champ in his 19th season behind an National Hockey League bench.
Midnight came quickly for Sin-derella as the Golden Knights surrendered three wins short of a storybook ending that even Disney would've rejected.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is defending the expansion draft that loaded first-year franchise Vegas with talent. Washington is the 19th active franchise to win the Stanley Cup. The Game 5 loss was far from the no-show seen so often from mentally broken teams in closeout games against an opponent that's dominated the series.
Still, not even the team's most optimistic fan would have dared to dream of a run to the NHL's championship series. Capitals goalie Braden Holtby finished with 29 saves. This is their first 3-1 lead at any point in this year's postseason, and any amount of success from Vegas is sure to inspire just the slightest bit of doubt.
The Capitals had only made the Cup Final once before and the semifinals twice.
Vrana opened the scoring when he broke in alone off a nice outlet pass by Tom Wilson and fired a shot over Fleury's glove for his third goal of the playoffs. Ovechkin became the Capitals all-time leading playoff scorer with 15 total goals in the 2018 NHL Playoffs He had a goal tonight from his office on the ice and he now has some hardware for said office come next season.
With this being the first Stanley Cup in franchise history, no one can blame you for wanting to show it off. They stood and cheered as the Caps passed the Stanley Cup around, enjoying a scene that up to now no Las Vegas tourist had ever imagined. If the Washington Capitals win one more game against the Vegas Golden Knights, they'll clinch the series, and Kuznetsov could be in line to win the Conn Smythe. We can't win all three games in Game 5. Perron played in the Final's first three games before sitting out Game 4. "We're going to outwork teams and we're going to play longer than they are, ' and we did that throughout the whole playoffs". I am in no way saying the Caps "lucked" their way into winning that series.