Sport by Press Association June 8, 2018, 8:15 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppLinkedInEmail Sign up to our Sport newsletter Subscribe todaySubscribe today from 99p The Washington Capitals have won the Stanley Cup for the first time in the franchise’s history after seeing off the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1. Here Press Association Sport examines five things learned from the climax to the NHL season. The Capitals dominated on the powerplay The Vegas Golden Knights went into the post-season having successfully killed four in every five penalties (83%) conceded during their 82 regular season games. When Brett Connolly found the net to wrap up a 6-2 win in Game 4, the Golden Knights kill percentage in the series dropped to 67%. The Caps have been ruthless with the man advantage in the playoffs, with a powerplay percentage of 29.6% – converting 21 of 71 attempts. Alex Ovechkin cemented his position among the greats Ovi has taken his fair share of the flack for the … [Read more...] about Five things we learned from the Stanley Cup Finals
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Washington Capitals forward, taking part in his first Stanley Cup finals, was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the play-offs. Alex Ovechkin has reportedly set a Washinton Capitals record with a league-high 15 goals these play-off series, including one in 4-3 win against the Vegas Golden Knights. Washington Capitals, who entered NHL as an expansion team in 1974, ended the successful postseason run of the Vegas Golden Knights, who are the third club in league's history to reach the play-off finals in their inaugural season. Amazing pass, amazing finish. Washington back up by 1. #ALLCAPS #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/nmzR372zrB — Washington Capitals (@Capitals) 8 июня 2018 г. Capitals forward Lars Eller has scored the winning puck with nearly eight minutes left when he hit a puck home sitting at the top of the crease after it … [Read more...] about Washington Capitals Win Their First Stanley Cup: Captain Alex Ovechkin Named MVP
opinion Susan Miller USA TODAY Published 11:41 p.m. UTC Jun 5, 2018 Hockey, you break my heart. That was the tweet I tapped out on a dismal night in May a year ago when the Pittsburgh Penguins knocked off my Washington Capitals in the second round of the NHL playoffs. Or was that the second round in 2016? Or was it 2015? Being a sports fan in the nation’s capital has never been painless. There have been some euphoric highs and many soul-crushing lows. Now, with the Caps on the cusp of their first Stanley Cup with one more win over the Vegas Golden Knights, do we dare believe? As a native Washingtonian, I grew up rooted in the NFL's burgundy and gold thanks to my rabid Redskins fan parents. I worshiped at the altar of George Allen and the exploits of the "Over the Hill Gang" in the 1970s; I lit candles when the gritty head coach was let go. I still have a tattered copy of the book The Future Is Now. A few years later, an unassuming coach named Joe Gibbs … [Read more...] about My Washington Capitals are on the cusp of winning the Stanley Cup; do we dare believe?
Erik Brady USA TODAY Sports Published 3:28 p.m. UTC Jun 4, 2018 WASHINGTON — The Washington Capitals awaited their first Stanley Cup Final home game in 20 years Saturday night. So where was Caps owner Ted Leonsis a couple of hours before the opening faceoff? Well, he was taking a selfie with a celebrated painting of Barack Obama at the National Portrait Gallery. “I’m about to send this to Obama,” Leonsis said while showing off the shot on his phone. “I thought he was going to come tonight. So it’ll say, ‘If you won’t come to us, I’m coming to you.’ ” It’s no surprise that Leonsis spent quality time before game time in the historic building that he calls one of his favorite places in Washington. This place is across the street from the sports arena that Leonsis owns. And though Capital One Arena, in hockey terms, is the room where it happens, the gallery is what houses Hamilton — the portrait, not … [Read more...] about Capitals fans spend quality time at art gallery before and after Stanley Cup Final games
Martin Rogers USA TODAY Sports Published 4:58 p.m. UTC May 29, 2018 LAS VEGAS — It didn’t take long for the Stanley Cup Final to turn nasty and the chief instigator on Monday night came from a predictable source. During the third period of the Golden Knights' Game 1 win, with the game tied 4-4, Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson laid out Jonathan Marchessault with a savage hit that the Vegas forward never saw coming. Aggressive, intense play is to be expected during a series where everything is on the line for one franchise chasing a dream start to its existence and another chasing an end to decades of frustration. Yet while Wilson’s attack was a signal of intent, it also showed that he has a dark side that could turn out to be counterproductive. He is already on the referees’ radar, having been suspended for three games earlier in the playoffs for breaking the jaw of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Zach Aston-Reese. More: Vegas Golden Knights … [Read more...] about Tom Wilson delivers controversial hit again in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final