Washington Capitals beat Vegas Golden Knights to win Stanley Cup

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The Capitals captain took that trophy from commissioner Gary Bettman after teammates Devante Smith-Pelly and Lars Eller scored third-period goals to silence the Knights. After the game, league commissioner Gary Bettman described it as "the best first year any team has ever had".

Braden Holtby was once again solid in the Washington net, turning aside 28 of the 31 shots he faced and posting a save percentage above.900 for the forth time this series.

It is the first championship for the Capitals, who began play in 1974. Marc-Andre Fluery has regressed at the worst possible time after bailing the Golden Knights out multiple times in the first three rounds.

While Miller remained in the game, Gallant said he thought there should have been a penalty on the play. In the Stanley Cup Final the Capitals scored in every third period but one and that was a Game 2 victory. So the operators weren't too far off, though they were probably a little nervous as the Golden Knights frantically tried to tie the game in the Caps' zone in the final seconds of the game. Ovechkin has 26 points in 26 potential series-clinching games in his career. They certainly looked like that in Game 4, closing the door quickly and rendering about 40 minutes of the game meaningless. They need a big first period. There truly is nothing better than the Stanley Cup Final. If they can turn it around and get back to being to Golden Knights we remember, they might have a chance, but the damage may already be done.

The Golden Knights are confident in Fleury, but they have to show it on the ice. Vegas is +165 laying.5 goals in the opening period according to 5Dimes.

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. Nicklas Backstrom hit Ovechkin just in front of his usual left-circle spot for a one-timer to make it 2-1.