Washington Capitals win first Stanley Cup in franchise history

Caps on cusp of Cup after Washington takes 3-1 series lead in Stanley Cup Final

A scoreless first period, five total goals in the second, multiple lead changes and ties throughout.

The Capitals lead the Golden Knights 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Final.

The Capitals now lead the Cup series 3-1 over the Golden Knights, which means they're only a game away from bringing another championship to D.C.

Devante Smith-Pelly and Lars Eller scored two minutes and 31 seconds apart to erase a third-period deficit, while Jakub Vrana and Alex Ovechkin rounded out the scoring for the Capitals.

Eller scored the victor from the slot, shoveling the puck into the net after it got behind Fleury, who made the initial save on Brett Connolly's shot.

Over the next 18 seasons, the Capitals returned to the playoffs 12 times but their string of blows kept coming. After the game, league commissioner Gary Bettman described it as "the best first year any team has ever had".

Smith-Pelly scored while falling into the right face-off circle after kicking the puck to his stick. "We've been waiting for so long, and finally we got the result and we got the Cup".

Washington goalie Braden Holtby has a 2.13 goals-against average and.923 save percentage in the playoffs, with two shutouts. Nicklas Backstrom hit Ovechkin just in front of his usual left-circle spot for a one-timer to make it 2-1.

The Capitals' first championship is the city's first in one of the country's big four professional sports leagues since the NFL's Redskins won the Super Bowl in 1992.

As had been the norm throughout their playoff run, Vegas provided the usual pageantry before the opening faceoff, with a knight defeating an opponent representing the visiting team - in this case the Capitals - in a staged sword battle.

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