On Thursday night, the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup after a 4-3 win over the Las Vegas Golden Knights. This was the franchise’s first championship in history.
Washington pulled away in the third period of Game 5, netting two goals in 2:31 minutes.
Captain Alex Ovechkin came through for the Capitals, scoring a goal and winning the Conn Smythe Trophy for his outstanding postseason (he scored fifteen goals in the playoffs—a team-high).
It was a long time coming for the NHL great, who, before last night, was arguably the greatest athlete in his respective sport without a title. As if Ovechkin wasn’t already a shoe-in for the NHL Hall of Fame, adding a title to his resume has undoubtedly secured his position as one of the greatest hockey players of all-time.
Ovi has spent his entire career with the Capitals since he was drafted by the team in 2004, but was never able to make it to the championship series before this year. He waited thirteen seasons for this moment:
What a moment.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 8, 2018
When asked about finally being crowned a champion, Ovechkin responded, “It is a dream come true. That is why you have to work hard. To get this moment and share it with your teammates, share it with your family, and share it with your fans.”
The whole experience was surreal to the 3-time MVP. After achieving his dream after so long, he said that he never expected it to be this much fun and this cool to embrace the fans of Washington the way he did.
The Capitals’ fanbase is just as excited as Ovi, to say the least:
— FOX 5 DC (@fox5dc) June 7, 2018
This is the first time the city of Washington has had a title to celebrate since the Redskins won the Super Bowl in 1992.
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