Washington Capitals Hoist First Stanley Cup After Dramatic Win Over Vegas

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Being up three games to one has often been a unsafe series lead for the Washington Capitals, which might be why the Vegas Golden Knights are favored to stave off elimination in the Stanley Cup final on Thursday night.

While Miller remained in the game, Gallant said he thought there should have been a penalty on the play.

Aside from the thousands of rabid fans who don't want to lose, one particular Golden Knights fan is hoping like hell this team can pull of a historic comeback.

With the victory, the Capitals ended 26 years of misery for fans of Washington's four major sports teams dating back to the Redskins' 1992 Super Bowl victory. It's not fair to blame just him, almost everybody has dried up after Game 1.

Braden Holtby made 28 saves in Game 5, outplaying three-time Stanley Cup champion Marc-Andre Fleury in the other net one final time.

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Washington has a 3-1 lead over Vegas, and with one more win, Ovechkin and the franchise will have their first title. However, Washington's top three centers, Evgeny Kuznetsov (playoff-leading 31 points), Nicklas Backstrom and Lars Eller, have generally outplayed their Vegas counterparts in this series.

Ovechkin's 15th goal of the post-season gave him the outright lead, and set a new Capitals record for a single playoffs, one more than John Druce's 14 from 1990. The Caps challenged for goalie interference, but were denied.

Using a quiet soundtrack that builds to a loud crescendo, the video captures the DC area and the Capitals game experience while using clips of the team's players and coaches from when they were young and showing how they've matured to now.

The Capitals had to fend off a flurry of Vegas chances midway through the first period.