Okay, so maybe I’m a bit biased, but I am very happy to see the Washington Capitals win their first cup. My happiness only has to do a little bit with the fact that they took down the Vegas Golden Knights in the process. We have to give Vegas the credit they deserve, though. What an incredible opening season they had. Here’s what the last of the Stanley Cup Playoff games looked like.
Game 3: Washington Capitals 3, Vegas Golden Knights 1
The Washington Capitals returned home on Saturday and dominated the Golden Knights. The first period went scoreless, but period two was all about the Caps. Alex Ovechkin scored a little over a minute into the period. Evgeny Kuznetsov brought the lead to 2-0 for the Caps with another second period goal. The Vegas Golden Knights attempted to revive themselves in the third with a goal from Tomas Nosek, but it was too little, too late. Devante Smith-Pelly sealed the deal for the Caps with a mid-third period goal.
Game 4: Washington Capitals 6. Vegas Golden Knights 2
The series stayed in D.C. on Monday and the home team put on a show for their crowd. The first period was all Caps, scoring three goals. The opening tally came from T.J. Oshie on the power play. Tom Wilson had the second goal at 16:26 in the first. The third goal of the period came from Devante Smith-Pelly. The second period saw another Caps goal, this one from John Carlson on the power play. Vegas fought back in the third, scoring back-to-back goals. James Neal had the first, while Reilly Smith had the second. The Caps wouldn’t let them come back any further, scoring two more goals before the end of the game from Michal Kempny and Brett Connolly. Braden Holtby made 28 saves that night.
Game 5: Washington Capitals 4, Vegas Golden Knights 3
The series returned to Vegas with the Caps one win away from winning it all. This game did not disappoint, as it was a back-and-forth fight. The first period went scoreless, but the second period was a battle. Jakub Vrana scored the opening goal of the game for the Washington Capitals and Nate Schmidt responded minutes later to tie it up for Vegas. Alex Ovechkin brought the Caps a 2-1 lead, but Vegas was just warming up. David Perron scored the tying goal, while Reilly Smith brought them a 3-2 lead late in the period. The Washington Capitals would come back swinging in the third, scoring two goals to secure the win. Those goals came from Devante Smith-Pelly, who had a wonderful series, and Lars Eller, the first Danish player to win the Stanley Cup. Alex Ovechkin took home the Conn Smythe Trophy, and rightfully so! The cup-less Washington Capitals finally won hockey’s ultimate prize. Up next, the San Jose Sharks? We can only hope.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) June 8, 2018
I can’t believe the 2017-2018 season has come to a close. Thanks for tuning in with us all season long. Be sure to check back for the offseason coverage we have coming for you!