The Washington Capitals are champs. Time to gear up

The Washington Capitals are champs. Time to gear up

They came back from down 3-2 in the Conference Final to Tampa Bay, winning the series in seven games. The second intermission was subdued, with the arena growing somewhat close to quiet for the first time all night.

His unbelievable stick save on Alex Tuch to lock up a win in Game 2 will ring forever in Caps history.

Smith-Pelly, who scored the game-winning goal in Game 4, then tied it at the 9:52 mark of the third period, stopping a pass from the blue line by Brook Orpik with his skate in the slot and then beating Fleury with a wrist shot on his glove side while falling down to the ice.

"It's like the franchise was star-struck", said David Poile, who was Washington's general manager from 1982-1995. "We worked hard tonight, we competed hard, just couldn't beat that team".

But surely it's not just the pre-game shows and dazzling lights of Sin City that has led to this phenomenal record? Abe and Irene Pollin, the longtime owners of the Capitals and NBA's Bullets/Wizards, had to learn how to handle losing.

"We came up short but I'm sure in a few days we'll come up with a lot of positives about the season", defenseman Deryk Engelland said.

The championship is the first by a Washington professional sports team in the NFL, NBA, NHL or Major League Baseball since the Redskins won the Super Bowl on January 26, 1992. "We want to be able to say thank you to people in Virginia and Maryland and Washington, D.C. My goal is to create something that elevates and unites all of the people in our community, so people think happy thoughts about Washington, D.C". There was no such falloff this time.

Alex Ovechkin - Ovi has averaged over one point per game for the entire playoffs, and with this set to be a career-defining moment for him, I see ZERO slowing down for him.

"I'm part of history".

"Since Day 1 of training camp, we really play for each other, we work for each other and we really try to help the young guys, older guys - it doesn't matter", Kuznetsov said. It's just something in it.

"We couldn't sell tickets", said Irene Pollin, now 93.

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When asked by Amber how to explain his journey from Montreal to Washington, Eller said: "I'm in the right place now".

Much of the answer lies in who the owner, Bill Foley, hired as the club's first general manager in the summer of 2016.

That's why I'm really feeling taking Vegas in the first period.

They nearly didn't get past the first round.

That became the Capitals' unwelcome hallmark.

William Karlsson - Wild Bill was the leading scorer for the Golden Knights in the regular season and he has been held without a point in their last two games.

US President Donald Trump, who seemingly can't get a break from the 'Russian collusion' story, was dragged in as well.

In the after-game delirium, fans screamed as they hugged each other in gridlocked streets and drivers honked their horns all over the city, as far away as the K Street corridor of lobbyist power not far from the White House.

That continued to Tikkanen in 1998 and into the "Rock the Red" era with Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. Eller becomes the first player from his home nation of Denmark to win a Stanley Cup. "We haven't had a championship in a long time". He noted the turnaround seasons this year by Colorado and New Jersey. Prior to this season, the Capitals had lost five series when leading 3-1, the most in the National Hockey League.

"You get so close to the Cup and you miss a chance; it doesn't come every year", said Fleury, who lost the 2008 Stanley Cup Final as well. "That started the kind of change around and turnaround, exactly that goal, because that just doesn't happen with the Capitals in the playoffs".

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