"It's something special. I just wanted to do whatever I can to win the Cup and we did it", Ovechkin said. "I'm so happy. I'm so happy for my teammates, for our fans back in Washington, my parents, my family, all my friends.it's just unbelievable". We worked so hard through all the years. "We didn't get those type of bounces".
"Usually that Eller goal would've been the opposition scoring on us and it would've been devastating and they'd be up 3-0 and we'd lose the series", said Laughlin, now a TV color commentator who along with team President Dick Patrick is among the longest-lasting members of the organization.
No player will enjoy this Cup more than Alex Ovechkin, who was named the Conn Smythe Trophy victor, and cements his legacy as one of the greatest players of all-time. "He had it a lot in these players and you watch his shifts, watch how he changed the momentum in the game tonight".
As with nearly everything in the Twittersphere, even the most joyous of events can be soured and, of course, some users were quick to criticize Trump for even daring to congratulate a Russian on an historic success. "A very well-deserved Conn Smythe - not only for his goals but for his leadership".
A few minutes earlier, thousands of Knights fans were on their feet cheering for their team. "There is no way we can count our team out and we are VGK proud with any outcome". Vegas never got close to a tying goal despite both teams getting an extra chance to rest while the officials checked on the timing.
Eller scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal in the third period of this game.
When Ovi got the Cup back, he handed it to Ted Leonsis, the Caps' owner since 1999. "It's something I can't explain how I feel".
Washington struck first, almost seven minutes into the second period, when Czech forward Jakub Vrana scored on a breakaway with a wrist shot over Fleury's left elbow. Vegas is 7-3 in its last 10 home games as moneyline favorite of -135 to -200, according to the OddsShark NHL Database.
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After a tight first period the game opened up in the second as the two teams combined for five goals over a frenetic stretch of end-to-end action that saw Vegas twice erase one-goal deficits before pulling ahead 3-2.
It was a dizzying display of offence and perhaps the best period of hockey so far in this final.
Walker, a left winger, saw ice time in one game of the playoffs, taking the ice in game six of the Capitals' second round matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins, registering one assist in the game. Plenty of times an improbable play ended a promising run, whether it was the Rangers' Pierre Larouche beating Pete Peeters from a sharp angle in 1986 or Lafontaine's shot through traffic for the Game 7 victor a year later early on Easter morning at the Capital Centre in nearby Landover, Maryland.
The goals kept coming - and from unlikely sources.
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The Golden Knights are 16-2 in their last 18 games versus a team with a winning road record. If Vegas holds on, Game 6 in Washington will be Sunday night. That trio scored 20 goals in 20 playoff games and dominated possession while facing the opposition's best defenders throughout the playoffs, though Marchessault and Karlsson had one goal between them in the Final.
Finally, after 13 National Hockey League seasons, 1,003 regular season games and 121 more playoff outings, Ovechkin hoisted the coveted Stanley Cup.
Less than three minutes later, a point shot from Brett Connolly found its way through Fleury's pads and Eller swept the puck in the net.
As expected, though, the Capitals were led by their stars.