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In doing so, Ovechkin became the first Russian-born player to captain a team to the most coveted prize in hockey. Evgeny Kuznetsov was the top point producer in the playoffs, with 32, and Alex Ovechkin was the top goal-scorer in the playoffs, with 15.

The Washington Capitals have won their first Stanley Cup championship, beating the Vegas Golden Knights in five games.

"Funny story, I was at [Leonsis's] house and we kind of met up with his family", Ovechkin said. "He makes the magic over there".

Recently signed safety Kai Nacua and left tackle Ronnie Stanley were cheering for the Las Vegas Knights to get out from their 3-1 series deficit.

Prior to this season, the Capitals hadn't advanced past the second round of the playoffs since reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 1997-98. His goals accounted for 19.1 percent of the Capitals' scoring this season. That is the second-highest save percentage and fifth-best GAA in National Hockey League postseason history among goaltenders with at least 50 outings. I was personally very low on him this season since he gave up over three goals per game, but has looked elite in the playoffs. "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". "We had a conversation and he was very respectful". Especially considering he was not the Capitals starter coming in to the playoffs. "And he said, 'If I get a chance to go back in, I'm gonna be really good for you.' And he was".

Alex Tuch, right, consoles teammate Erik Haula following the Game 5 loss. "It was a big play in the game, but the credit really goes to our guys because we didn't get complacent. We knew we could do something special and we did it". Washington has a shockingly lengthy franchise history of playoff collapses, but these Caps promptly won all three potential closeout games in their first three playoff series this spring.

All things considered, the Vegas Golden Knight's remarkable rise has prompted many to christen them the most successful expansion franchise in American sporting history.

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The Capitals are 16-5 in their last 21 road games, 1-5 in their last 6 Thursday games and 27-11 in their last 38 overall. "But when VGK became a reality it was all in for them", he said. "He can be the difference every game".

The Capitals had a third former Canadien on their roster in defenceman Jakub Jerabek, who was traded from Montreal to Washington on February 21 this year in exchange for a fifth-round pick at the 2019 NHL Draft. They had achieved so much when so little was expected of them, but making it to the Final wasn't consolation for them.

The Capitals had not advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs since the 1998 Cup final when they were swept by Detroit, but defeated Columbus, arch-rival Pittsburgh, and Tampa Bay before downing expansion Vegas this spring.

The Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP went to Ovechkin, who scored his franchise-record 15th goal of the postseason in the second period.

He rightly was named the Conn Smythe Trophy victor moments after his team's 4-3 win against the upstart Vegas Golden Knights to take the final in five games on Thursday.

"We did it", Ovechkin said. "Even after the third period, we knew we just had to push it and get the result".