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Washington Capitals Claim Stanley Cup In Game 5

Posted on Jun 08,2018
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LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 07: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals carries the puck against the Vegas Golden Knights during the third period in Game Five of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on June 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

By Dan Taylor

WASHINGTON, DC - The Washington Capitals were one game away from being Stanley Cup champions heading into Game 5 in Las Vegas and the team finally snagged the trophy for the first time in team history. The Capitals beat the Las Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 on Thursday.

For the Capitals, Thursday's game was No. 3,701 in franchise history, including regular season and postseason contests. "There is a lot on the line," says Caps defenseman Matt Niskanen before the start of the game. "I think everybody recognizes the opportunity we have, that we earned. The destination is in sight, but we have to stay focused on how we get there."

"To be honest with you, I think most of us have never been in this position," team captain Alex Ovechkin said on the team website. "For me personally, I don't try to think about it too much, what's going on. I'm just trying to focus on different things, but it's hard. Obviously, it's hard."

Ovechkin scored an early power-play goal and was the playoff MVP. He and his teammates are members of the city's first championship hockey team and Washington's first national champion in a major professional sport since the Redskins won the Super Bowl in 1992.

Fans went wild when Ovechkin hoisted Lord Stanley's cup on the ice.

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