Washington Capitals can clinch Stanley Cup in Gm 5 in Vegas
Washington Capitals can clinch Stanley Cup in Gm 5 in Vegas
F.P. Santangelo the color analyst for the Washington Nationals’ telecasts on MASN during a game in 2012
08 June, 2018, 16:57
If Vegas wins and avoids elimination, the Capitals will host Game 6 on Sunday.
The title ends years of heartbreak not only for the National Hockey League team but for the city of Washington as it had been over 26 years since a major sports team from the U.S. capital had won a championship.
The Knights tried to write one more chapter in their improbable expansion season, but were unable to find a way as the Capitals spilled on the ice to celebrate the first Cup in their 44-year history. Inspirational. An example of the power of unity.
Lars Eller broke a tie with 7:37 to play, and the Capitals raised the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history after a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 on Thursday night. "I love it. 22 years living and I've never felt this good".
Winger T.J. Oshie was struggling to keep his emotions in check after discussing in multiple interviews that his father, Tom, is suffering form Alzheimer's and has memory loss. "There's not a better group of guys that I'd want to be out there with".
The Capitals arch nemesis, the Pittsburgh Penguins, took the eventual champs to six games Just like the Jackets did in their first round matchup. "Even after the third period, we knew we just had to push it and get the result". This year there was more, 'We're going to work this year. "We were together. It was whole, one team".
They had to revamp the roster last season because of salary cap concerns, and general manager Brian MacLellan wasn't sure what he had after he added some grit here and there and had to trust young players.
Washington and Vegas are tied 2-2 late in a wild second period of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.
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Since the Coach's Challenge did not result in the original call being overturned, the Washington Capitals forfeit their time-out.
No one was going to stand in Washington's pursuit of a Cup - not even Vegas, which gave its opponents everything it had in Game 5. He has a Conn Smythe Trophy and a Stanley Cup to go along with his three Hart Trophies, three Ted Lindsay Awards and seven Rocket Richard Trophies.
The Baltimore Ravens have been mightily supportive of the Washington Capitals on their run for the Stanley Cup.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report. "I think this moment we were waiting a long, long time".
Ovechkin dropped down and slid to block a shot with his right ankle from Golden Knights defenceman Colin Miller. Shortly after, Dmitry Orlov fumbled the puck in the defensive zone and Ovechkin was forced to take a penalty that Vegas' Reilly Smith capitalized on for a 3-2 lead. The Stanley Cup. The Caps have been trying to get their hands on it since 1974 and Ovechkin had failed to touch it since coming from Russian Federation in 2005. Especially considering he was not the Capitals starter coming in to the playoffs. And there was reason to believe they might experience it again Thursday, when Vegas carried a 3-2 lead into the third period.
Nate Schmidt and David Perron also scored deflection goals for Vegas in the second period, but Fleury's 29 saves included a stopped puck that dropped underneath him where Eller could sweep it home for the Cup-winning goal. Eller, Ovechkin, Smith-Pelly and more in Scott Cullen's Statistically Speaking.
"Usually that Eller goal would've been the opposition scoring on us and it would've been devastating and they'd be up 3-0 and we'd lose the series", said Laughlin, now a TV color commentator who along with team President Dick Patrick is among the longest-lasting members of the organization.
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