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Twitter reacts to Capitals, Ovechkin winning first ever Stanley Cup

Washington Capitals Hoist First Stanley Cup After Dramatic Win Over Vegas Playoff MVP Alex Ovechkin leads Washington Capitals to their first Stanley Cup championship
Sergio Cook | 08 June, 2018, 15:32

After Vegas won the Final opener, the Capitals capped their four-game surge by rallying from a third-period deficit in this cathartic Game 5, banishing any memory of playoff failure with clutch goals and rugged play across their lineup.

Washington won the series 4-1, capturing the final four games. The referees let the goal stand after reviewing the play.

Reilly Smith had a goal and an assist, and Nate Schmidt and David Perron also scored for Vegas. A few minutes later, another goal: the final goal, the winning goal.

Not least because Australian Nathan Walker suits up for the Capitals - although the Sydney-raised 24-year-old did not take to the ice in the Stanley Cup, managing just one game this post-season after playing nine games in the regular season.

Less than a year ago the Golden Knights had both a general manager and a coach - but nearly no players. No one expected Vegas to get this far.

It was Lars Eller who scored the game-winning goal on a rebound that trickled through the legs of goalie Marc-Andre Fleury at 12:23 in the third period. It was 1-1 half way through the second period. Sure, the Tampa Bay Lightning took the Caps to seven games, but the Caps dominated the series.

Czech forward Jakub Vrana had the other Capitals goal as he opened the scoring in the second period after the teams failed to produce a goal in a tight-checking first period. "If you are going to win on the road I could not imagine a better place to do it than right here". This was one for the history books for both the Golden Knights and the Capitals, but Washington got to write the happy ending. He came to Vegas in the expansion draft and found a new lease on life, becoming the face of the franchise off the ice and the backbone on the ice.

Washington joined the 1991 Pittsburgh Penguins as the only team to win a Cup after trailing at some point in all four rounds.

Getty Braden Holtby can slam the door on Vegas in Game 5. But this year was supposed to be a step-back season and the third consecutive division title was a bit of a surprise.

The Capitals may have spoiled the narrative of the expansion team come good - but that's not to say that we shouldn't be applauding the Capitals for their success after their 4-1 series victory, sealed with a thrilling 4-3 win in Vegas.

Alex Ovechkin hands the Stanley Cup to longtime teammate Nicklas Backstrom. The series-clinching goal came after Fleury could not squeeze a shot by Brett Connolly. "Any time you see that Stanley Cup, you're that close to it, it's going to hurt for a while".

And the first player he handed it to?

"Everything in Canada, we act like no other sport. and (Kuznetsov) - Is that his name? - whatever", Cherry said, pronouncing his name "Kuzeesov". Speculation has run from the Capitals holding the celebration in the streets around Capitals One Arena or at RFK Stadium or on the National Mall, which Leonsis wouldn't eliminate as a possibility.

As game time approached, the crowd got larger as it swelled with fans without tickets.

"I think the history of the organization is definitely an important thing, but we're focused on this group", Washington's Tom Wilson said.

Nathan Walker's history-making season of Ice Hockey has culminated in championship glory, with the lad himself now becoming the first player to hoist the coveted Stanley Cup as a member of a championship NHL team.

Washington Capitals winger T.J. Oshie went right to his father immediately after his team defeated the Vegas Golden Knights, 4-3, to win the Stanley Cup on Thursday night. "It's nice to be in this organization, all 13 years or 14, whatever". With him being on the first forward line and the first power-play unit, this is another case where they just need MORE from him.

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