See Lars Eller's Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Washington Capitals
Jun 08, 2018, 07:06
The Capitals soared to victory on the strength of two third-period goals after they went down 3-2 on Smith's goal in the second.
Finally the Final, where Washington, which has blown more 3-1 leads than any team in National Hockey League history, took care of business in a raucous T-Mobile Arena instead of sending the series back home for a Game 6.
Washington ended up winning, 4-3, on a late third period goal by Lars Eller.
Andre Burakovsky gathered a loose puck behind the net and found Brett Connolly, who fired a shot at Marc-Andre Fleury.
But the Knights were not going to give up, and they tied the game again at 7:04.
Over the next 18 seasons, the Capitals returned to the playoffs 12 times but their string of blows kept coming.
It is the first championship for the Capitals, who began play in 1974.
Jakub Vrana and Devante Smith-Pelly also scored for the Capitals.
It was the first championship for a professional DC-based team in 26 years.
The public address announcer inside T-Mobile Arena wasn't even done announcing that goal before Ovechkin drew a tripping penalty and then scored on a one-time snapshot from the bottom of the left faceoff circle off a pinpoint feed from Nicklas Backstrom to make it 2-1 just 34 second later. Goalie Braden Holtby stopped 28 of 31 shots against him, including three of four attempts during power plays. It was his 15th goal of the playoffs, passing John Druce for most in a single postseason in Washington history (1990). Time for him to turn it around one more time at home.
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