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Will Golden Knights make more lineup changes for Game 5?

Will Golden Knights make more lineup changes for Game 5?

Holtby, overshadowed coming into the Final, bested three-time Stanley Cup champion goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. The 26-year-old came up big in some pivotal games, including Ovechkin's 600th career goal in March against the Winnipeg Jets (a 3-2 overtime win) and a playoff dress rehearsal on April 1 against the Penguins (a 3-1 win). "Years of breaking things down and trying again, breaking things down and trying again, and this group never gave up and we finally did it". If you're not a victim, you get up, you dust yourself off and say, 'Screw this.

The results, at times, were ugly - leaving the Capitals with two choices: get up or stay down.

But the Golden Knights, with the enthusiasm of a motley crew of veterans and young players and powered by an offence that relied heavily on speed and relentless puck pressure, had their own ideas. "There was just no expectation, no pressure from the outside on us".

The Capitals had not advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs since the 1998 Cup final when they were swept by Detroit, but defeated Columbus, arch-rival Pittsburgh, and Tampa Bay before downing expansion Vegas this spring.

Vegas Golden Knights left wing David Perron, center, tussles with Washington Capitals defenseman Christian Djoos, right, before scoring on Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby during the second period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals on Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Las Vegas.

The Capitals went into the third period trailing 3-2 before Devante Smith-Pelly tied it up with a goal at the 9:52 mark and then Lars Eller scored what turned out to be the Cup-winning goal at 12:23.

T.J Oshie celebrates with teammate Shane Gersich after claiming the championship.

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"Me and him have been together and always fighting through a lot of negative things, lots of problems", Ovechkin said. "It's going to take a really good effort to get it done".

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Ovechkin's 15th goal of the post-season gave him the outright lead, and set a new Capitals record for a single playoffs, one more than John Druce's 14 from 1990.

He paused. Behind him numerous literally hundreds of Capitals fans that somehow found their way into T-Mobile Arena for Game 5 of. The NFL's Philadelphia Eagles won their first Super Bowl in February, and baseball's Houston Astros won their first World Series last November.

It is the first championship for the Capitals, who began play in 1974.

First-time titles are all the rage, and Ovechkin and the Caps have paid their dues for this one. "When it came my turn to grab it (the Stanley Cup) I couldn't hold it in anymore either". With Vegas this season, he's had a breakout year, scoring 43 goals and picking up 35 assists in the regular season, and seven goals and eight assists in playoffs.

Moments later, the Knights struggled to keep up with the Caps' puck movement and left Brett Connolly open for a shot. But not even a minute had gone by when Ovechkin put the Capitals ahead 2-1 on a one-timer from his office at the side of the net on a pass from Nicklas Backstrom.


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