With a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final, the Washington Capitals have won their first Stanley Cup in the franchise’s 44-year history.
Lars Eller scored with 7:37 left in the third period as he was quickest to a loose puck sitting behind Marc-Andre Fleury after Brett Connolly’s initial shot went off Knights defenceman Colin Miller and squeezed through the Vegas goalie for his seventh goal of the playoffs that turned out to be the winner.
Washington captain Alex Ovechkin scored his 15th of the playoffs in the victory. He was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the playoffs MVP.
The Capitals have a strong Saskatchewan contingent on their team. Head coach Barry Trotz used to play for the Regina Pats with Saskatoon-born Chandler Stephenson also playing for the Pats. Goaltender Braden Holtby is from Lloydminster and played his junior hockey in Saskatoon while assistant general manager Ross Mahoney is a Regina native.