The Washington Capitals are Stanley Cup Champions for the first time in the club’s 44-year history. They beat the expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights, winning Game 5 in Vegas last night, 3-2. Alex Ovechkin, the team’s captain, has been waiting 13 years for this moment.
The first period ended scoreless but both teams made up for it in the second period. The Caps got the first goal, but the Knights tied it up just three minutes later. The scoring went back and forth until the end of the second period. At 2-2 in the last minute of play, the Golden Knights took the lead to end perioed up 3-2.
The third period saw the Caps tie it up just past the halfway mark. They got the go-ahead goal minutes later. With two minutes remaining, the Golden Knights pulled their goalie, Mar Andre Fluery, but they still couldn’t score even with an extra attacker.
The series started and ended in Las Vegas. The Golden Knights made it to the Stanley Cup Finals in their inaugural season in the NHL. They took Game 1, another back-and-forth battle that set the tone for the series, 6-4. But it was all Washington after that, and they took the series 4-1.