Washington Capitals beat Vegas Golden Knights to win Stanley Cup


The Washington Capitals have defeated the Vegas Golden Knights, 4-3, to win the franchise's first ever Stanley Cup.

- This is a tough one, but I'm guessing both teams won't want to take the first penalty, and we'll see a faster and cleaner first period to see how the offenses shake out.

Washington goalie Braden Holtby has a 2.13 goals-against average and.923 save percentage in the playoffs, with two shutouts. Marc-Andre Fleury, long one of the top goalies in the league, stopped 29 of 33 shots, making several acrobatic saves. Expansion teams aren't expected to still be playing this close to the summer solstice-just ask the Capitals, who won just eight games as an expansion team in 1974-but Vegas rolled on.

Moments later, the Knights struggled to keep up with the Caps' puck movement and Brett Connolly open for a shot.

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- The Golden Knights have lost three games in a row for the first time since February 26th - March 2nd. Now, he doesn't have to carry the burden of being the best player never to win a title.

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Washington outshot Vegas 10-7 in the first period.

At that point it looked like Phil Pritchard wouldn't be taking the Stanley Cup out of its case. "If we can just get them to shoot, then we are pretty confident in (Fleury) to make that save".

But if you're the Capitals, you aren't thinking that far ahead. 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 pulled Fleury for an extra attacker with 2:04 remaining. His accomplishments were always among the game's best.

Forwards (12): Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, William Carrier, Cody Eakin, Erik Haula, William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault, James Neal, Tomas Nosek, David Perron, Reilly Smith, Tomas Tatar and Alex Tuch.