Capitals Claim First Stanley Cup Championship


The Washington Capitals are Stanley Cup  champions for the first time in franchise history.  They beat the  Golden Knights 4-3 in Game Five of the Stanley Cup Final in Las Vegas.   Washington won the best-of-seven matchup four-games-to-one.  Devante  Smith-Pelly tied the game at three for the Caps midway through the third  period and Lars Eller put them ahead at 12:23.  

Jakub Vrana and Alex Ovechkin scored in the second period for Washington, which lost its only  other Stanley Cup appearance in 1998.  Braden Holtby made 28 saves in  the win.  Nate Schmidt, David Perron and Reilly Smith all had  second-period tallies for Vegas.  Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots in  defeat. Ovechkin received the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable  Player of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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