Washington Capitals Win Their First Stanley Cup in Franchise History

The Washington Capitals have won their franchise first NHL Stanley Cup, and bring the city of D.C. their first sports championship in over 25 years.

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For the first time in the franchise’s 43 year history, NHL’s sought after Stanley Cup championship belongs to the Washington Capitals. The first time cup winners dominated the series, playing only five games, ending their cup final round 4-1, while finishing their opponent inside enemy territory, with a final score of 4-3.

The Washington Capitals defeated the Las Vegas Golden Knights, who proved doubters wrong all season, taking their first year expansion team on an impressive Stanley Cup run. The Capitals victory marks the franchise’s first championship since their debut in 1974, and brings the city of Washington D.C. their first major sports championship since the Washington Redskins won the Super Bowl in 1992.

After years of disappointing finishes and unfinished expectations in the NHL Playoffs, the Caps finally finished the job with a fourth consecutive win, in a third period come from behind rally victory.

“I’m so happy for the group that has gone through the misery,” said Washington coach Barry Trotz.

Alex Ovechkin, team captain and the heart and soul of the Washington Capitals, won the NHL’s playoff MVP award, scoring a franchise record 15th goal of the postseason.

“It doesn’t matter what happened before, we just won it! Look at the smiles on my teammates. This is something you’ll never forget. This moment, I’ll remember for the rest of my life. I’m so happy. It’s unbelievable.” Said Ovechkin

The Capitals had thousands of fans in Vegas for the game and the Capitol One Arena back home in D.C. was packed to capacity in support of their champion Washington Capitals. The D.C. streets surrounding the stadium were completely occupied by fans, a true sea of red Caps fans in complete support of their team.

“It doesn’t come easy, it took years. Years of heartbreak. Years of breaking things down and trying again, breaking things down and trying again, and this group never gave up. And we finally did it. Thank you Caps faithful” Said goaltender Brandon Holtby.

After the game, Washington Capitals winger, TJ Oshie, shared a heartwarming moment during an interview that was directed towards his father. Oshie’s father has been battling Alzheimer’s disease for the last 5 years, and TJ decided to dedicate this win and his Stanley Cup championship to his dad and his family.

“My dad, he doesn’t remember a lot of stuff these days. He remembers enough. But I tell you what, he’s here tonight. I don’t know where he’s at, but this one will stick with him forever. You can guarantee that.”

“Besides my family, that’s one of the best feelings I’ve ever had, it’s for my family. For my two little girls. I got my name on something so they’ll know that dad played hockey when they grow up.” Said TJ Oshie.

Even President Trump got in on the Capitals celebration, sending a Tweet out this morning congratulating the team on the franchise’s first Stanley Cup championship.

“Congratulations to the Washington Capitals on their GREAT play and winning the Stanley Cup Championship. Alex Ovechkin, the team captain, was spectacular – a true Superstar! D.C. is popping, in many ways. What a time!” Read President Trump’s Tweet.

In the past, the Washington Capitals have developed a reputation for postseason mishaps, losing five previous postseason series where they had won three of their first four games. This year was different, Ovechkin and the Capitals were battle tested and willing to play anyone. They truly deserved of this victory.

The monkey is officially your back D.C.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2018 NHL STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS, THE WASHINGTON CAPITALS!!!