Lord Stanley will be in the house Thursday night, as the Caps look to close out the series on the road after a convincing 6-2 win on Monday.
The Capitals, infamous for their inability to close out series and for developing skill but not heart, trailed in all four rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs but found the grit and resilience to prevail for the first time since the team entered the National Hockey League in 1974. Inspirational. An example of the power of unity.
"I love these guys".
His father was diagnosed with Alzhiemer's in 2012.
Perron then tied it, 2-2, with his first goal of the playoffs when Tomas Tatar's redirect of a Colin Miller shot hit him just as he was shoved into the net by Washington defenseman Christian Djoos. "Even after the third period, we knew we just had to push it and get the result. Play our game, you get some breaks, and you keep working hard and hopefully it turns for us".
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. 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. They came back from down 3-2 in the Conference Final to Tampa Bay, winning the series in seven games.
However, Ovechkin, one of the game's most decorated players, is still missing a Stanley Cup from his resume. Ovechkin, the postseason goal-scoring leader with 15 and the first Russian captain of a Cup-winning team, hoisted the silver trophy high above his head, a victor at last.
"We got angry and mean", Washington coach Barry Trotz said. "I don't think it's pressure on us".
Much of the answer lies in who the owner, Bill Foley, hired as the club's first general manager in the summer of 2016. 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. But nevertheless this season has been a remarkable one from the first professional franchise to call Las Vegas home. Confetti covered fans who filled Capital One Arena, and chants of "We Want The Cup!" became "We Got The Cup!" They got a barn-burner of a finale befitting this thrilling series, with wild shifts of momentum before that freakish clock incident that didn't appear to affect the outcome.More news: How Neymar Reacted To Fred Joining Manchester United
Nate Schmidt and David Perron also scored 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.
Jakub Vrana opened the scoring in the second period with a shorthanded goal on Marc Andre Fleury to make it 1-0 Capitals.
Not this time. Devante Smith-Pelly, who came to Washington's training camp last fall without a contract, tied it at 9:52 of the third as he tumbled to the ice.
It was truth, not fiction.
- 10 different players recorded a point in their Game 4 win. Washington has a wealth of weapons and I just can't bring myself to root against Ovi finally getting his Cup.
They are champions, at last.
Braden Holtby - What else can you say about him? "I would never have thought this is how the season would end".
The Golden Knights ended their surprise season with the first four-game losing streak in franchise history.