Capitals beat Golden Knights, win their 1st Stanley Cup

WinView Games Playbook: Capitals vs. Golden Knights - June 7

WinView Games Playbook: Capitals vs. Golden Knights - June 7

Ovechkin, who has 607 career goals, has played in 1,003 regular-season games, all with the Capitals.

Washington forward Tom Wilson delivered two thunderous hits early in the game, including one on Karlsson that seemed to rattle the Knights centre.

- Their penalty kill is 10 for their last 11, a rate which is simply unbelievable but can carry them in the short term.

"It doesn't matter what happened before", Ovechkin said through his gap-toothed grin.

The Caps took advantage of a lucky bounce in game three to avoid being down 3-0 to the Jackets in the first round. "I don't really know what else to say".

"Ovie had a different step tonight", said Caps winger T.J. Oshie. With Vegas this season, he's had a breakout year, scoring 43 goals and picking up 35 assists in the regular season, and seven goals and eight assists in playoffs.

The playoffs seemed to end every spring with Ovechkin jetting off to Europe to join Russian Federation for the remainder of the World championship. That contest featured a remarkable game-saving, diving stick save by Washington goalie Braden Holtby on Alex Tuch in front of a wide-open net that ranks as the turning point of the series so far.

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The Vegas Golden Knights need a victory here to save their season and force a game six on Sunday. With their backs against the wall, they will have to respond to adversity in a way they haven't done before. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or more goals in each of their last four games.

"What is going to give you?" Gerard Gallant, cast aside by the Florida Panthers 22 games into the 2015-16 season, has his team playing high-pressure, disciplined hockey, and the fact that he has been largely rolling four lines, has meant that some of his players have been getting more of an opportunity to shine than they had had at their previous clubs. The Washington Capitals raced off their bench Thursday night to hug each other and simply yell when they couldn't find the right words, celebrating the burial of the franchise's sorry playoff past and the end of a playoff run that had nearly ended almost before it began. The Capitals had blocked four shots while the Golden Knights blocked a pair of pucks before a shot even got to Marc-Andre Fleury.

Veteran forwards Ryan Reaves and Ryan Carpenter were scratched, while William Carrier and David Perron were in uniform. Day and night difference for him and he has to be sharper in this game for them to have a chance. It was the first time since the first period of Game 2 that the Golden Knights were ahead.

Here's a look at just a fraction of what they have to offer. "This is one of his better years that he's played overall", said Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan. He has a -4 rating over the past two games. "It was a tough time, but we fight through it and we get results". We'll leave this open until the 2:00 mark.

A brand-new ice hockey franchise, playing in the middle of the desert to packed houses, using the power of a new team to unite a city coming to terms with a bad mass-shooting tragedy that occurred just five days before their opening game. They simply can not fall behind in this game, or they will be outmuscled by Washington.

For a moment they were all kids again, big, sweaty, jubilant kids, living the moment they had played out in their minds in backyards and on rinks from Minnesota to Moscow and all points between.

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