The Washington Capitals have won the Stanley Cup.
Alex Ovechkin and Co. took hockey’s ultimate prize on Thursday night with a 4-3 Game Five win over the Vegas Golden Knights.
This is the first Cup victory in Washington’s franchise history.
The first period was scoreless, with Jakub Vrana opening the scoring in the second period with a goal for the Capitals at 6:24.
Vegas’ Nate Schmidt responded just over three minutes later, but Ovechkin took less than a minute to put his club back on top.
David Perron and Reilly Smith also scored for the Golden Knights, while Washington sealed the deal with goals from Devante Smith-Pelly and Lars Eller.
The action was frantic at times, with the clock causing some difficulties in the final minutes of the game.
The Golden Knights had the edge in hits and in the faceoff circle, but the Capitals outshot the opposition and blocked more shots.
Ovechkin, with at least 15 NHL awards in his pocket, now has the biggest award of all in his first Stanley Cup. He spent almost 20 minutes on the ice in the decisive game of the series (and the season), with five shots on goal, two hits, two takeaways, and a critical blocked shot to show for his efforts.
Washington goalie Braden Holtby barred the door with 28 saves and a .903 save percentage.
Vegas’ Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves in the losing effort, with a .879 save percentage.
The Golden Knights have the distinction of putting together one of the best inaugural seasons in sports history and few expected them to come so close to hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup. They have a lot to be proud of, but this loss will sting as it always does.