Capitals’ Stanley Cup runneth over
protested while they played on. Vegas never got close to a tying goal.
Reilly Smith scored a go-ahead goal late in the second period for the Golden Knights, who won seven of their first eight home playoff games before dropping the last two.
Nate Schmidt and David Perron also scored in the second period, but Fleury’s 29 saves included a stopped puck that dropped underneath him where Eller swept it home for the Cup- winning goal. Washington’s Cupclinching win was their 10th on the road in this post-season, tying the NHL playoff record and illustrating the superior toughness of this team.
While past editions of the Caps created their team’s reputation for post-season flops in part by losing five playoff series in which they had won three of the first four games, Ovechkin’s latest group promptly closed out all four of their series this year on the very first try.
And the remarkable Golden Knights hadn’t lost four consecutive games in their entire inaugural season before the Caps rolled them.
The Capitals had thousands of redclad fans in the Vegas crowd and a building full of supporters watching back home along with countless thousands outside in the crowded DC streets. AP
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin kisses the Stanley Cup after his side beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in game five to seal the series yesterday.