Washington Capitals Win the Stanley Cup

Nate Schmidt and David Perron also scored for Vegas in the second period, but Fleury's 29 saves included a stopped puck that dropped underneath him where Eller could sweep it home for the Cup-winning goal.

Washington, which stills owns the worst expansion record of any team in National Hockey League history at 8-67-5, failed to make the playoffs in its first eight seasons and endured a number of playoff heartbreaks. Marc-Andre Fleury, meanwhile, had another so-so performance in allowing four goals on 33 shots.

The Capitals struck first Thursday night at T-Mobile Arena when the Golden Knights lost track of winger Jakub Vrana. Vegas put up a fight every minute, Smith-Pelly's and Eller's goals took away the possibility of a Game 6.

By Yahoo Sports' own highly precise measurements, the clock stoppage on NBC's broadcast lasted about 1:01 (one minute, one second) between when the clock went out at 1:49 remaining in the game and when it came back at the 0:51 mark. He helped limit the Golden Knights to six goals over the final three games of the Stanley Cup Final, which was more than enough given how potent Washington's attack was.

The expansion Golden Knights ended their surprise season with the first four-game losing streak in franchise history. Now, he doesn't have to carry the burden of being the best player never to win a title. Ovechkin has 26 points in 26 potential series-clinching games in his career.

Washington outshot Vegas 10-7 in the first period. There truly is nothing better than the Stanley Cup Final.

But if you're the Capitals, you aren't thinking that far ahead. "If we can just get them to shoot, then we are pretty confident in (Fleury) to make that save". They did the same thing for Game 3 of the Cup Final trying to avoid the various delays and road closures surrounding the arena. The Golden Knights are 2-for-12 (16.7 per cent). Reilly Smith made it 3-2 just before the intermission when a spinning Alex Tuch pass left him with an empty net.

  • Steve Townsend