Columbus Blue Jackets Eliminated by Stanley Cup Champions. Again

Columbus Blue Jackets Eliminated by Stanley Cup Champions. Again

Columbus Blue Jackets Eliminated by Stanley Cup Champions. Again

Alex Ovechkin, the team captain, was spectacular - a true Superstar!

Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie hoists the Stanley Cup after the Capitals defeated the Golden Knights 4-3 in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Las Vegas. Join him on his experience through it.

Ovechkin, who was announced as the the Conn Smythe trophy victor after the win, put the Caps back on top less than a minute later when he snuck a power-play blast past Marc-Andre-Fleury off a Nicklas Backstrom assist.

Ovechkin, who scored a goal on Thursday, was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy, honoring the most valuable player of the Stanley Cup play-offs.

- 10 different players recorded a point in their Game 4 win. "I'm so proud of everyone.It was nice that he skated around with me".

It's not quite football, but the DMV area will take a championship however it can get one. "To share it with each other and everyone, it was great".

Devante Smith-Pelly tied it with a full-stretch goal midway through the final period of the Capitals' fourth consecutive victory over the Golden Knights, whose incredible expansion season finally ended in the desert.

"It doesn't come easy". And Ovechkin, a transcendent talent and the greatest goal-scorer of his generation, validated his legacy with an elusive Cup after so many years of playoff heartbreak. "Gave us something to work with, and gave this team an opportunity to be a good team".

Oshie became sort of a household name in 2014, when he scored four goals for Team USA in an eight-round shootout win for Team USA over Russia at the Sochi Olympics, including the game-winner that put the US over the Alex Ovechkin-led Russians.

Potomac's Lynda Carter, widely known for her role as Wonder Woman during the 1970s television series, was spotted Saturday in D.C. wearing a Capitals jersey prior to Game 3.

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With a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Final and a city thousands of miles away thirsting for its first championship in a generation, the Vegas stakes are awfully high for the Caps in Game 5.

"To me, that is sort of what happened, the epitome of what has happened to this franchise", said winger-turned-broadcaster Craig Laughlin, who came to Washington in the Langway trade and never left.

Smith-Pelly scored the equalizer in the third period, his seventh goal of the postseason matching the seven he scored in the regular season.

The Caps held on tight as the clocked ticked on - and even as it stopped in the final minute due to a malfunction.

The playoffs seemed to end every spring with Ovechkin jetting off to Europe to join Russian Federation for the remainder of the World championship.

Washington coach Barry Trotz agreed. "If you're going to win on the road, I couldn't imagine a better place to do it".

Major League Soccer does have a history of instant success with Houston Dynamo and Chicago Fire winning the title in their first year but don't let that get in the way of what is still a mightily impressive story. I think it's pressure on both teams the same way. "There's not a better group of guys that I'd want to be out there with". It's nice to be part of it. "Play our game, you get some breaks, and you keep working hard and hopefully it turns for us". He's a very unique captain. And there was reason to believe they might experience it again Thursday, when Vegas carried a 3-2 lead into the third period.

- Vegas has taken 12 penalties over the past two games, which plays right into the strong suit for the Capitals, making this a surefire way to end their season tonight.

"It's like the franchise was star-struck", said David Poile, who was Washington's general manager from 1982-1995.

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