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Washington talisman Ovechkin named playoffs MVP

08 June, 2018, 15:28 | Author: Lora Ball
  • F.P. Santangelo the color analyst for the Washington Nationals’ telecasts on MASN during a game in 2012

Vegas pulled their goalie in favor of an extra attacker with two minutes to play but Washington withstood the late charge.

Contratulations to the Washington Capitals, your 2018 Stanley Cup champions. Inspirational. An example of the power of unity.

Ovechkin capped his playoff MVP campaign with an early power-play goal, and Devante Smith-Pelly tied it with a full-stretch goal midway through the final period of the Capitals' fourth consecutive victory over the Golden Knights.

"I love these guys". T.J. Oshie had already posed with his wife, his two children, his parents.

"Defensive side of the puck, doing all the right things, huge blocked shot here in the third, he was just sacrificing everything to win this". But to most, it will help them sleep a bit easier knowing that the Columbus Blue Jackets, for the second straight year, have fallen to the eventual champions of the hockey world.

"Everything in Canada, we act like no other sport. and (Kuznetsov) - Is that his name? - whatever", Cherry said, pronouncing his name "Kuzeesov".

They had to revamp the roster last season because of salary cap concerns, and general manager Brian MacLellan wasn't sure what he had after he added some grit here and there and had to trust young players. "I don't know what to say". Alex Ovechkin, the team's captain, has been waiting 13 years for this moment.

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"That's one of the things that you'll look back on, that I'll look back on, is which years I think that we had a legitimate chance and it just didn't go our way and the years that we just didn't deserve it", said defenseman Karl Alzner, who was a first-round pick of the Capitals, became a core player for six first- or second-round exits and left in free agency last offseason.

After Ovechkin accepted the Conn Smythe Trophy, he received the Cup from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

Washington has a 3-1 series lead and is looking for its first Stanley Cup championship. "It's nice to be part of it", Ovechkin said. "I've never seen a team come together like we did here".

The Golden Knights, understandably, were disconsolate.

In 2008 the Capitals lost in OT against the Flyers, 2009 signaled the start of a Penguins surge, and they ran into Jaroslav Halak of the Montreal Canadiens in 2010.

The total has gone under in 14 of the Capitals' last 18 games against Pacific Division teams.

The Caps have a 3-1 series lead and are trying to clinch their first championship in 43 seasons.

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He found Smith-Pelly for the tying goal.

The Capitals know the feeling of playoff disappointment.

The "Little V" Jakub Vrana got the Caps on the board, Ovie scored from his spot - where else? - to give Washington a 2-1 lead in the second period.

It was Lars Eller who scored the game-winning goal on a rebound that trickled through the legs of goalie Marc-Andre Fleury at 12:23 in the third period.

The Capitals franchise has the dubious distinction of having lost five playoff series after leading 3-1, which is an National Hockey League record. Eller became the first Dane to win a Cup and the Hockey Hall of Fame was on the ice afterward asking for his stick that scored the winning goal.

Ovechkin has always had a reputation for having a good time away from the ice, especially in Las Vegas - where he's won more than a few awards in the league's postseason gala there.

It was truth, not fiction.

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Ovechkin put the Caps up 2-1 in the insane second period of Game 5 when he set up in his customary spot in the left faceoff circle and put Nicklas Backstrom's cross-ice pass into a sliver of open net. "Play our game, you get some breaks, and you keep working hard and hopefully it turns for us".


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