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The Cup is Finally Coming to Washington

June 08, 2018 - 9:34 am

By Joe Schiller 

No, this is not a dream. The Washington Capitals are Stanley Cup champions. After years of countless postseason chokes and falters, the Capitals secured their first-ever championship in franchise history with a come-from-behind 4-3 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night.

Down 3-2 entering the third period, the momentum swing felt exactly like Game 1. The Knights were 20 minutes away from sending the series back to Washington for Game 6 but the Capitals ended any chances of series choke. Devante Smith-Pelly knotted the score with an incredible diving shot past Marc Andre-Fleury and Lars Eller provided the game-winning goal to lift the Capitals to victory.

Since being swept in their only other Stanley Cup Final appearance in 1998, the narrative has completely changed 20 years later. Alex Ovechkin was already on pace to go down as one of the NHL’s all-time great players but now finally adds an elusive title to his Hall-of-Fame-worthy resume.

T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas was packed with a sea of red and back in Washington D.C., Capital One Arena and the entire surrounding area were chock full of eager fans ready to celebrate a title.

They did just that following the sound of the third-period buzzer.

The Capitals fought back from a series deficit in every round of their postseason run and a determination that’s been absent in previous years propelled Washington to victory.

It’s been 43 seasons in the making but the Washington Capitals have done it and there’s no team more deserving of the Stanley Cup this season, that’s for sure.