The expansion Golden Knights ended their surprise season with the first four-game losing streak in franchise history. He had a goal and two assists in the Caps' 6-2 victory in Game 4 of the Final, which he finished with six points in five games. Las Vegas is 7-1 in its last eight games versus a team with a winning percentage above.600.
Reilly Smith, with a goal and an assist, Nate Schmidt and David Perron replied for Vegas. "I got my name on something so they'll know that dad played hockey when they grow up". Braden Holtby stopped 28 shots.
The Vegas Golden Knights have twice come from a goal down, to now lead the Washington Capitals 3-2 late in the second period. It was 1-1 half way through the second period.
It was Kuznetsov's way of saying that the Stanley Cup mattered more than the Conn Smythe. He beat Marc-Andre Fleury on his glove side, sending the puck over his left elbow and into the net.
Ovechkin put the Caps up 2-1 in the insane second period of Game 5 when he set up in his customary spot in the left faceoff circle and put Nicklas Backstrom's cross-ice pass into a sliver of open net.
Hawley's dedication to the team led him and his wife to follow the Golden Knights to Washington, where they watched Game 3 at a restaurant and attended Game 4 at Capital One Arena. "It was the first year", Ovechkin recalled.
After decades of heartbreak, the Washington Capitals have finally reached the top. "You'd rather have the odds in your favor, but I'm thinking about (Game 5)". But this year was supposed to be a step-back season and the third consecutive division title was a bit of a surprise.
Said Bettman: "If you're passionate about your team, you have hope for every season".
But the third period wrote a new chapter-and, finally, a triumphant ending-for their old nightmarish routine.
Washington and Vegas combined for just seven shots while landing a total of 19 hits in the early going. We can't win all three games in Game 5. They stood and cheered as the Caps passed the Stanley Cup around, enjoying a scene that up to now no Las Vegas tourist had ever imagined. Carrier hadn't played since Game 5 of the second round against San Jose, missing 10 straight games. Alexander Ovechkin became the first Russia-born player to captain his team to the most coveted prize in hockey. The other, probably doesn't know how lucky they were to be in this situation. "We were swimming in the pool and he told me one day we're going to win it.it was the first year".
Oshie, who still calls his Dad "Coach", also got the opportunity to lift the Cup with him. We actually got her extra tickets for one game to bring her friend A.J., who also died in the accident.
The Jackets were the toughest challenge for the Washington Capitals in their run to the Cup as well.
For the first time in their 43-year history the Washington Capitals are Stanley Cup champions.
Ovechkin set a Capitals record with a league-high 15 goals this post-season, including one in the series-clinching 4-3 win at the Vegas Golden Knights. Then again, it had been an even longer 44 years. Gerard Gallant, cast aside by the Florida Panthers 22 games into the 2015-16 season, has his team playing high-pressure, disciplined hockey, and the fact that he has been largely rolling four lines, has meant that some of his players have been getting more of an opportunity to shine than they had had at their previous clubs. They had achieved so much when so little was expected of them, but making it to the Final wasn't consolation for them.
"He came in and he realized the league was changed and he changed as well", Holtby said.
Washington took a 1-0 lead and Vegas tied it up three minutes later.
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