Stanley Cup: Three takeaways from Capitals' first title

Jun 08, 2018, 07:12
Stanley Cup: Three takeaways from Capitals' first title

The Washington Capitals won the 2018 Stanley Cup, and when sports teams win championships, players often can't describe their own emotions. It doesn't do the accomplishment justice.

It's been an incredible and memorable Stanley Cup Final series through four games, and now the Capitals can close it out in Game 5 on the road.

Washington ended up winning, 4-3, on a late third period goal by Lars Eller.

Then, during a power play with 28 seconds left in the second period, the Knights scored again - which launched an all-out brawl by the goal that took several minutes to break up and sort out.

UberEats is waiving delivery fees in Las Vegas for as long as the Golden Knights manage to stay alive in the remaining games of the Stanley Cup Finals. As dumb as that sounds, if the breaks go the other way Thursday night, the Capitals might have to wait at least one more game.

- The Capitals have scored three or more goals in each of the first four games of this series while allowing a total of five goals in the past three games.

As had been the norm throughout their playoff run, Vegas provided the usual pageantry before the opening faceoff, with a knight defeating an opponent representing the visiting team - in this case the Capitals - in a staged sword battle.

Each goal came off a defensive-zone turnover by the Golden Knights.

In a Tuesday morning tweet, Metro congratulated Caps forward T.J. Oshie on Monday night's victory and hinted at honoring the 31-year-old in a commemorative fare card. The rest of the period ticked away from there, and Holtby made saves with both skate and stick in the final minute.

The teams traded power plays early in the second, with Theodore tripping Oshie and Christian Djoos high-sticking Reilly Smith.

The Capitals have finally done it. Vrana's shot hit the crossbar but lit the lamp.

Smith-Pelly scored while falling into the right face-off circle after kicking the puck to his stick.

Washington challenged for goalie interference, but the call on the ice stood before Smith gave the home side a 3-2 lead.

Near the end of the second, William Karlsson received a pass and was wide open in the Vegas offensive zone, and Ovechkin tripped him to prevent a goal.