Jagr shows up in Vegas for Game 5 of Stanley Cup Final

Lynette Rowe
June 8, 2018

For the first time in Washington's 44-year history, the Capitals have won the Stanley Cup with their 4-3 Game 5 win and 4-1 series victory over the Golden Knights.

The team has had more than its share of playoff misery, a seemingly unending series of bad puck luck, hot goaltenders and failed potential that has stymied their playoff expectations year after year.

If they can do that, they have a chance at extending this series at least one more game.

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.

Washington's Cup-clinching win was its 10th on the road in this postseason, tying the National Hockey League playoff record and illustrating the superior toughness of this team. 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. "So, that's all that matters", Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin told the NBC broadcast.

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They simply can not fall behind in this game, or they will be outmuscled by Washington. Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby has a 1.67 goals-against average and.945 save percentage the past three games. The total has also gone under in seven of the Golden Knights' last seven games against Eastern Conference teams. Then immediately following that goal, a massive fight broke out. Tom Wilson and T.J. Oshie blocked consecutive shots, and Shea Theodore missed a follow-up shot wide.

Perron battled with Washington's Christian Djoos in the crease moments later and eventually ended up inside Holtby's net while Tomas Tatar's shot glanced off him and in.

Washington regained the lead, 2-1, just 34 seconds later on a power-play goal by Ovechkin, his franchise-record 15th tally of the playoffs.

With temperatures hitting 37 C outside T-Mobile Arena, the heat was turned up before the opening faceoff as Ovechkin and Fleury exchanged not-so-friendly love taps near centre ice in warmups, but nothing really materialized out of the exchange.

The championship is also sweep for Washington sports fans in that it snaps a drought of more than 26 years since the last time a professional team from the nation's capital won a major sports title. Vegas will push with everything they have, but these Capitals are relentless.

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