Lars Eller scores Stanley Cup-winning goal for Washington Capitals


Vegas were a 500-1 long shot to win the Stanley Cup at the start of the season but surprised the ice hockey world by going on an astonishing run that ended when they lost the best-of-seven championship series 4-1.

"There's no Plan B or backdoor to go to here", defenseman Nate Schmidt said. If you're not a victim, you get up, you dust yourself off and say, 'Screw this. But it is the face he made when roaring with the Cup overhead that will be remembered for all-time. The other, probably doesn't know how lucky they were to be in this situation.

It's been an incredible and memorable Stanley Cup Final series through four games, and now the Capitals can close it out in Game 5 on the road. There aren't many who believe the Golden Knights can do it, which is exactly how they like it.

"It's just a relief, man", longtime Capitals fan Arash Tafakor said amid the celebration.

William Karlsson - Wild Bill was the leading scorer for the Golden Knights in the regular season and he has been held without a point in their last two games.

"We were swimming in the pool in his house and he told me one day we're going to win it".

Few believe the Golden Knights can do it, and it nearly feels like October all over again, when most predicted the team would serve as the NHL's doormat. I think a lot of guys feel for him in that situation.

The biggest winners, of course, are those hardcore Capitals fans who stayed with them all the way through that first year.

It won't be easy. They simply can not fall behind in this game, or they will be outmuscled by Washington. And they aren't the only ones.

"We haven't been playing our game", Theodore said. "But now you see that it takes an entire team to get this job done and that's what we did".

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Trotz has no contract for next year and possibly could be heading out the door to some place like Long Island or Minnesota.

Vegas Golden Knights fan Bernard Barchie poses ahead of Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final outside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Thursday, June 7, 2018.

Jakub Vrana and Devante Smith-Pelly also scored for the Capitals.

According to oddsmakers, the Golden Knights are a -145 favorite on the moneyline. Years of breaking things down and trying again, breaking things down and trying again, and this group never gave up.

After 10 minutes of dominant hockey, the Golden Knights took their first penalty of the night when Colin Miller tripped Lars Eller.

While Cherry earlier in the interview said he was "in Ovi's corner", his criticism of Kuznetsov echoed similar sentiments Cherry shared about his countryman and teammate, Ovechkin, for celebrating after reaching the 50-goal mark during the 2009 season.

The Capitals, who before today hadn't won a Stanley Cup in their 44-year history, set a record for most playoff appearances (28) before winning the championship in NHL/NBA/MLB/NFL history.

If the Golden Knights can keep the game at even strength, they have shown they can outplay Washington. The Capitals are 1-5 in their last six Thursday games.

"It's something special. I just wanted to do whatever I can to win the Cup and we did it", Ovechkin said.