Bettman defends National Hockey League expansion draft in Vegas

Bettman defends National Hockey League expansion draft in Vegas

The championship is the first by a Washington professional sports team in the NFL, NBA, NHL or Major League Baseball since the Redskins won the Super Bowl on January 26, 1992.

With Ovechkin in the penalty box for tripping William Karlsson, Vegas then took its first lead just before the end of the middle period. The referees let the goal stand after reviewing the play.

Reilly Smith had a goal and an assist, and Nate Schmidt and David Perron also scored for the Golden Knights. They got a barn-burner of a finale befitting this thrilling series, with wild shifts of momentum before that weird clock incident that didn't appear to affect the outcome much.

Goalie Braden Holtby stopped 28 of 31 shots against him, including three of four attempts during power plays. "We've got to come out strong, take it period by period, and just focus on it one minute at a time". The total has also gone under in seven of the Golden Knights' last seven games against Eastern Conference teams. They beat an expansion team in the Cup Finals in its inaugural season. "When you get so close to the Cup, to miss your chance, it's disappointing". "So, that's all that matters", Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin told the NBC broadcast. It was 1-1 half way through the second period. The Washington Capitals have allowed two or less goals in five of their last six games. First up, we've got some 2018 Stanley Cup Champions hats.

The ultimate goal of a journey that began 14 years ago when he was selected first overall by Washington may have taken longer than many had originally expected but is no less sweet.

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After a tight first period the game opened up in the second as the two teams combined for five goals over a frenetic stretch of end-to-end action that saw Vegas twice erase one-goal deficits before pulling ahead 3-2.

Their story had been too good, their season way too magical. He came to Vegas in the expansion draft and found a new lease on life, becoming the face of the franchise off the ice and the backbone on the ice. Collins, an Avalon School graduate, said he planned to watch Game 5 in the District of Columbia. But this year was supposed to be a step-back season and the third consecutive division title was a bit of a surprise. It's why you wasted so many years supporting this team.

The Washington Capitals have won NHL's Stanley Cup for the first time in their 44-year history after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3.

It marked the third scoreless period of the series.

Even the thousands of Golden Knights fans out of the 18,529 in attendance must have felt a trace of happiness for Ovechkin as he paraded the cup around the T-Mobile Arena ice. His seventh goal of this post-season was his third game-winner.

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And the bet is that this is a franchise that won't have to wait 43 years to raise a Stanley Cup of its own.

The Capitals had not advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs since the 1998 Cup final when they were swept by Detroit, but defeated Columbus, arch-rival Pittsburgh, and Tampa Bay before downing expansion Vegas this spring.

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Washington Capitals have won their first Stanley Cup. We can't win all three games in Game 5.

The series was physical throughout and there were even some fireworks in the pre-game warmup Thursday when Ovechkin skated by Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and tapped his right pad.

In the after-game delirium, fans screamed as they hugged each other in gridlocked streets and drivers honked their horns all over the city, as far away as the K Street corridor of lobbyist power not far from the White House. I am in no way saying the Caps "lucked" their way into winning that series.

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