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Feels like the first time

Posted by Eric Fisher On June 7

The Washington Capitals denied the Las Vegas Golden Knights’ attempt to make history by making a little history of their own.

The Capitals captured their first Stanley Cup with a 4-3 triumph in Game 5 on Thursday, denying the host Golden Knights’ bid to win the Cup in their first season.

The Golden Knights’ first season has been far more successful than the Capitals’ first season. They finished the 1974-75 season with a record of 8-67-5. They were an abysmal 1-39 on the road.

The Capitals have come a long way since their inaugural season, but it took a long time to reach hockey’s promised land. The Capitals made their first Stanley Cup Finals in 1998, but were swept by the Red Wings. That means they didn’t even win their first game in the finals until this season.

The Golden Knights won Game 1 of the series, then the Capitals reeled off four straight wins. Five goals were scored during the second period. When the smoke cleared, the Golden Knights held a 3-2 lead. But Devante Smith-Pelly scored the tying goal at 9:52 of the third period. Lars Eller scored the game-winner — and Cup-clincher — at 12:23 of the third period.

Winning the Cup provides the highlight to Alexander Ovechkin’s magnificent career. The Capitals had never advanced past the second round during the future Hall of Famer’s 13-year career.

It appeared that the Capitals were headed for similar disappointment when they lost the first two games of their first-round series with the Blue Jackets. But a double-overtime win in Game 3 sparked the Capitals, who fought their way past the Blue Jackets, Penguins and Lightning to reach the finals.

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