In one of the great games of this or any season on Thursday night, the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup for the very first time with a 4-3 victory over the Las Vegas Golden Knights in what has to be regarded as one of the best games in a long, long while in any sport. The Capitals and Golden Knights each threw everything they had at one another, landing blow after blow against one another.
The first period would produce no goals, setting up a dramatic, topsy turvy second period. Five goals would be scored, all between six minutes and the end of the period. Jakub Vrana scored for the Caps to give them the lead, but it was quickly answered by Nate Schmidt. Alex Oveckhin then put the Caps back into the lead with a goal on a power play. That lead only lasted a little over two minutes, though, as the Golden Knights got a goal from David Perron. They soon got their own power play, and they took full advantage to score with around 30 seconds left in the period via Reilly Smith.
Just when the Golden Knights looked like they were going to be winning to continue their chances at the Stanley Cup, bringing the series to 3-2 and forcing it back to Washington, the Capitals would tie the game up with nearly ten minutes left when Devante Smith-Pelly scored. It was added to shortly by Lars Eller, and from there the Capitals would hold on to win 4-3 and win the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas.
There are a number of things to look at in regards to this game and the ultimate outcome of the series. One of them is that this is Alex Oveckhin’s first Stanley Cup. The Russian captain of the Capitals had tried 13 times before, but had come up short. The Capitals as a whole had given it 43 attempts, but still nothing. Finally, that has changed. Vegas, not the team but the city, were saved as well as their ridiculously high odds on the Golden Knights to win could have costed them some major money on payouts.
And lastly, the Golden Knights’ debut season comes to an end. One of these teams were going to be crowned champions for the first time in their history, and the Golden Knights were not the ones that would go on to win. However, it has been a spectacular season for them, and they will be proud to have represented themselves and the community well despite the loss at the final hurdle.