Cap­i­tals’ Stan­ley Cup run­neth over

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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.

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