Capitals fan flashes team as they skate with Stanley Cup

08 June, 2018, 16:59 | Author: Marlene Myers
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Alex Ovechkin can breathe easy. "I thought when I got picked in the draft that Vegas would be a fun place to be but the team wouldn't do much".

Ovechkin scored 27 points (15 goals, 12 assists) in 24 games during the 2018 playoffs.

Ovechkin, who became the first Russian-born captain to win a Stanley Cup, is the fourth European-born player in National Hockey League history to earn the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Backstrom holds the Cup as Ovechkin joins him (Getty Images). "We won, and it doesn't matter how we played or what happened before". "I'm so proud of everyone.It was nice that he skated around with me. To share it with each other and everyone, it was great".

Days and weeks and months will pass and history will be more and more appreciated, but for now, the magical expansion season of the Golden Knights is over, its conclusion coming in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Washington and Vegas are tied 2-2 late in a wild second period of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

"It doesn't come easy". For years, Ovechkin was maligned for Washington's lack of playoff success, even though he's remained an elite scorer in the postseason.

No one was going to stand in Washington's pursuit of a Cup - not even Vegas, which gave its opponents everything it had in Game 5.

With a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Final and a city thousands of miles away thirsting for its first championship in a generation, the Vegas stakes are awfully high for the Caps in Game 5.

The Golden Knights have lost three in a row to Alex Ovechkin and company, including an ugly 6-2 loss on Monday night at Capital One Arena.

Smith-Pelly scored the equalizer in the third period, his seventh goal of the postseason matching the seven he scored in the regular season. When the horn finally sounds, Ovechkin hopped off the bench in glee, joining his teammates in a huge pile of thrown sticks and helmets by the end boards.

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Since the Coach's Challenge did not result in the original call being overturned, the Washington Capitals forfeit their time-out. I think it's pressure on both teams the same way. It's nice to be part of it. He's a very unique captain. "But he definitely pulls guys into the fight". And 45 minutes before the scheduled practice, with nothing in front of them but a fresh sheet of ice, the fans broke into a chant of "Go Knights Go!"

"This group was special", said Trotz, who doesn't have a contract for next season. He nearly certainly would have been fired had the Caps lost to either the Blue Jackets or Penguins. "The pain of past year was really, really deep". The captain hugged members of Smith-Pelly's family. His 15th of the playoffs put the Caps up 2-1.

From 2007, when Ovechkin's Capitals first made the playoffs, through 2017, they won three Presidents' Trophies and seven division titles. I felt like home in Washington nearly initially from when I got there.

Forward T.J. Oshie spent a moment in the celebration looking up for his father, Tim, who he said was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

"This is unbelievable", Smith-Pelly said. Oshie, Tom Wilson and Devante Smith-Pelly - to make it a 3-0 game.

"Me and him have been together since Day 1 and we've been fighting through lots of negativity". "There's plenty of others that have stepped up and done wonderful things at big points in time".

Yes, that big thing. But it also won't be long before the reality sinks in that teams just don't get to the Stanley Cup Final every year.

All that disappointment ended here Thursday.

"It means everything, " the Conn Smythe Trophy victor as playoff MVP said of winning the Cup.

"I can't explain the way I feel".

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