A member of the Vegas Golden Knights Knight Line Drumbots performs during the march to the fortress ahead of Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final outside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Thursday, June 7, 2018.
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The Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP went to Ovechkin, who scored his franchise-record 15th goal of the postseason in the second period.
After racking up 24 individual honours - including three Hart trophies and three Ted Lindsay Awards - during one of hockey's greatest careers, Ovechkin has tasted the ultimate team honour.
But the Golden Knights, with the enthusiasm of a motley crew of veterans and young players and powered by an offence that relied heavily on speed and relentless puck pressure, had their own ideas. It was an honourable sendoff for a team that ultimately fell short of its quest to do the impossible, but will still have achieved something that we will be talking about for years.
"It's something special. I just wanted to do whatever I can to win the Cup and we did it", Ovechkin said. "Stuff we've done this year has never been done, so I think that's what we're thinking about". 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.
"When you get this close to the Cup, it's hard", Fleury said.
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"We did this together, but Alex has been through a lot", Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen said. "We'll be ready for Game 5". Nicklas Backstrom, who spent 10 seasons with Ovechkin before they finally reached the peak.
Washington Metro trains will run for an extra hour Thursday night to accommodate Capitals fans watching Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at Capital One Arena's watch party and elsewhere in the area.
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin withstood the test of time and won the Stanley Cup on Thursday. "I've never seen the commitment from start to finish like we had here". And as both teams entered the third period, it seemed like this might be heading back to Washington for Game 6. We're just focused on the next one. "Last game was definitely a step in the right direction to how we can play".
If there were odds on blocked shots, I'd lay the house on Washington. "There's no side entrance that you can get into. If you're going to win on the road, I couldn't imagine a better place to do it".
Neal made it clear the Golden Knights still believe that they can win the series.
And the first player he handed it to? As the expectations soared, the disappointments kept piling up until this season when many gave up hope of them ever winning.
Vegas had a slight edge in the number of chances, with a couple of bouncing pucks in and around Holtby's crease, but Washington came closest to scoring when Ovechkin ripped a one timer off the post that stayed out on a power play from his patented spot near the left faceoff dot.