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The Washington Capitals Win It All

June 8, 2018

Forty years after the Bullets won the only other Washington D.C. area winter sports title on June 7, 1978, the Washington Capitals, in their 43rd season, won their first NHL title/Stanley Cup, winning (4-3) at Las Vegas, to take the series 4 games to 1, vs the first year Golden Knights.

Lars Eller, who also scored in the second overtime of game 3 at Columbus after the Caps had lost the first two games of their prelim vs the Blue Jackets, scored with seven plus minutes remaining and the Caps held on to win the title.

Jakub Vrana and Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Alex Ovechkin, the latter incredibly emotional after winning the crown in the 14th season of his superb career, gave “Wash” (1-0) and (2-1) leads, they could not hold and Las Vegas led (3-2) entering the third period.

However, Devante Smith-Pelly scored at 9:52 of the third period to tie the game, before Eller’s Stanley Cup winning goal.

The last time before this year, both NBA semi-final series went 7 games was in  “same calendar” 1979.

That year both the NHL and NBA final series ended in 5 games, with the winning team (Montreal, which won an incredible 15th title in 24 seasons, and the Seattle SuperSonics vs Washington (Bullets), winning 4 straight games after losing the opening game.

Now a Washington team wins 4 straight after losing the opener, this vs an incredible first year team, Las Vegas that shocked by making the NHL final and nearly cost its town’s sports books “mucho dinero,” by winning it all.

The “Caps (series) Wrap” took place on the road in all 4 series and they trailed the series at one point in all four (only the 1991 Penguins had trailed in all 4 series and won it all, before the Caps did so).

Speaking of the Penguins, let’s cite their greatness with 5 crowns, all 5 in years they eliminated the Capitals.

Yet now the Capitals have a title and they defeated Pittsburgh (now they are (2-9) vs the Pens in the ‘offs), en route to their most special, first Stanley Cup victory.

 

A first title for the Capitals with their goalie, Braden Holtby and their coach Barry Trotz.

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