At long last, Ovechkin and Capitals are Stanley Cup champs

Capitals fans chanting ‘We Want The Cup’ will give you chills	 	 
	 		By Ian Oland

Capitals fans chanting ‘We Want The Cup’ will give you chills By Ian Oland

Eller scored the victor from the slot, shoveling the puck into the net after it got behind Fleury, who made the initial save on Brett Connolly's shot.

It has been a magical season so far for the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, but it seems as if the team has finally met its match. The Great Eight had yet to win a Stanley Cup or a Conn Smythe Trophy. Braden Holtby stopped 28 shots. The closer we got, the more fans got on, and it was cool. Fleury made 29 saves.

Alex Ovechkin had done everything in his career but win a Stanley Cup Final.

Washington's Devante Smith-Pelly acrobatically scores in the third period of Game 5 on Thursday.

After Vegas won the opener, the Capitals capped their four-game surge by rallying from a third-period deficit in Game 5, banishing so many years of playoff failure with big goals and tenacious play across their lineup.

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But Vegas kept coming.

The Golden Knights' ascent began about a year ago, when they selected one player from each team in the National Hockey League expansion draft.

The Capitals had an especially rough history leading into this spring's triumph after joining the league in 1974-75.

But they met an overpowering Capitals team that won the Metropolitan Division with a 49-26 regular-season record.

Follow along with all of the highlights from Thursday night's game, then scroll down for the Stanley Cup Final schedule, how to watch information and our staff predictions.

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Smith gave Vegas a 3-2 lead with a power-play goal at 19:31. Ovechkin also added 12 assists to finish second on his team with 27 points. The Golden Knights tied it at 9:40 when Schmidt's shot deflected in off Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen's right skate.

They did so in come-from-behind fashion scoring two unanswered goals in the final peroid to take home the victory.

After decades of disappointment, the Washington Capitals simply wouldn't be denied.

Ovechkin and his friends had other ideas. Washington Nationals first basemen Ryan Zimmerman was seen out among the crowd outside of the arena.

As had been the norm throughout their playoff run, Vegas provided the usual pageantry before the opening faceoff, with a knight defeating an opponent representing the visiting team - in this case the Capitals - in a staged sword battle.

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