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TODAY IS Wednesday September 19th
Capitals beat Golden Knights 4-3 to win Stanley Cup
Friday Jun 08, 2018 12:00am
Albion, IN

(LAS VEGAS) – Alex Ovechkin put both hands to his head and screamed while he left the bench and skated into the thick of the Washington Capitals' joyous celebration. The Washington championship drought is finally over. After striving through 13 of his franchise's 43 seasons, the Russian superstar and the long-suffering Capitals are sitting on top of hockey for the very first time. Lars Eller scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:37 to play, and the Capitals claimed their first NHL title with a 4-3 victory over the Las Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Capitals won the series 4-1. Ovechkin who was named the Conn Smythe winner as the playoff MVP, had an early power-play goal. Braden Holtby made 28 saves and outplayed three time Stanley Cup Champion Marc-Andre Fleury. The Capitals are Washington's first championship hockey team, and their city's first champion in a major pro sport since the Redskins won the Super Bowl in early 1992. The defeat ended the storybook inaugural season of the Golden Knights, who became the NHL's 31st franchise last fall and immediately launched into arguably the greatest debut in modern pro sports history.

Alex Ovechkin with the Stanley Cup (photo courtesy of Getty Images)
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