Washington Capitals Defeat Vegas Golden Knights To Win The Stanley Cup

WinView Games Playbook: Capitals vs. Golden Knights - June 7

Alexander Ovechkin, the Capitals' star left-winger, is certainly long overdue for an NHL Stanley Cup championship. In their path, will be a Vegas team who is 7-2 at home this postseason.

The Capitals captured the final four games of the series. When he wasn't scoring one of his 15 goals, he was playing a committed defensive game, even dropping down to block shots.

- Their penalty kill is 10 for their last 11, a rate which is simply unbelievable but can carry them in the short term. It was, by the way, the worst first-year team in National Hockey League history (8-67-5) that developed into a team known for postseason failures - which only worsened in the Alex Ovechkin era. He finished the playoffs with 23 points (6 G, 17 A) in 20 games.

Braden Holtby - What else can you say about him? It was his seventh goal of the playoffs, tying his goal total from the entire regular season.

The playoffs seemed to end every spring with Ovechkin jetting off to Europe to join Russian Federation for the remainder of the World championship. The Nashville Predators, Winnipeg Jets and even the surprising Vegas Golden Knights were the sexy picks out of the Western Conference, while some backed the Penguins for a three-peat or even the Tampa Bay Lightning. With their backs against the wall, they will have to respond to adversity in a way they haven't done before. Fleury's average has risen by nearly half a goal during the last four games.

They weren't going to miss it.

They nearly didn't get past the first round. Vegas has defied all the odds - literally, all of them - thanks to its supreme balance and supreme outings from Marc-Andre Fleury. He gave up six goals in the last four games in the series vs the Jets.

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NOTES: The Knights made two lineup changes from Game 4, inserting Perron and William Carrier while scratching Ryan Reaves and Ryan Carpenter.

For all the highlights from Thursday's game, check out the recap in our live blog.

The Golden Knights are 16-2 in their last 18 games versus a team with a winning road record.

For the Knights, the loss will sting, but also do nothing to the bond the team forged with its fanbase in the wake unspeakable evil on October 1 - some eight days before their first regular-season home game - when a gunman killed 58 people and injured hundreds more at an outdoor concert just over a kilometre from T-Mobile Arena. "I'm anxious next year what's going to happen, because what fans don't realize is what this eight-month team has accomplished, is something the Capitals have been waiting on for 44 years". He has a -4 rating over the past two games. Once again, it's one game. We'll leave this open until the 2:00 mark. And tonight, the Ravens were among the first to congratulate the Caps on winning their first Stanley Cup. They simply can not fall behind in this game, or they will be outmuscled by Washington. VGK has a +2 handicap.

"We have a chance to play in front of our fans like we have all year long, use that energy to show them that we are also proud to be here and do something great for the city", said Knights center Pierre Edouard-Bellemare. Think of how many times the Capitals and their fans could have said that in previous years, reflecting on yet another disappointment that they had convinced themselves wasn't going to happen.

- Yes on this one for me. Power forwards James Neal and Alex Tuch both contributed half a dozen goals in the playoffs.

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