- Jul 2011
Much more: Capitals win Stanley Cup, defeat Golden Knights in Game 5 of FinalLAS VEGAS -- The Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup for the first time in their history by coming back to defeat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday.
Lars Eller scored the Cup-clinching goal at 12:23 of the third period after Devante Smith-Pelly tied it 3-3 at 9:52.
Jakub Vrana and Alex Ovechkin scored, and Braden Holtby made 28 saves for Washington.
Ovechkin won the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Ovechkin with his Conn Smythe Trophy
And with the Stanley
Alex Ovechkin wins Conn Smythe Trophy as Capitals claim Stanley Cup
Capitals down Golden Knights in Game 5 to win Stanley Cup
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This is huge. Huge.
Back in 1997, three Russians from Detroit Red Wings brought the Stanley Cup home to Red Square: 20 years ago, Detroit Red Wings finally brought home Stanley Cup
Among them was Vyacheslav Fetisov, a legend of late Soviet and early post-Soviet Russian hockey, who is now President of the Russian KHL, at very right.
Today, the Capitals also have three Russians (plus a Swede of Russian blood lol), including Ovechkin, the Captain, and the huge legend of Russian hockey of today, as Fetisov was in his time. He too promised to bring the Stanley back to Moscow if the Capitals won it.
All the diaspora in America and Canada were cheering for the Capitals. In Moscow and other Russian cities, people were up at night, in bars and at home, watching this.
Nobody expects much from the soccer team at the World Cup. They suck, Russians know their team sucks, and it is what it.
Hockey, is a different story. Hockey very much is a national sport there, and their team sure as hell lives up to that.
Nobody in Russia will ever forget this year's Olympics, where the Russian team were not even allowed to use their proper name, and yet steamrolled through all the competition and took home the Gold
And nobody there will ever forget Ovechkin's Stanley Cup either...