Capitals Make Franchise History with First Stanley Cup Finals Game Win

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For the first time in franchise history, the Washington Capitals have won a Stanley Cup Finals game. Let that sink in for a minute. The historical night resulted in a big 3-2 win in Game 2 to even the best-of-seven series and steal home ice advantage from the Vegas Golden Knights. The Capitals ran into some trouble early in the game as their point leader Evgeny Kuznetsovgot hit in the boards by Brayden McNabb but by now everyone knows this year’s narrative for this team: next man up.

“We’ve had everything thrown at us and it’s just next man up. This group thrives on it,” said head coach Barry Trotz.

Lars Eller, Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Orpik found the back of the net in this game. Ovechkin not only shined on the big stage with his first goal of the Stanley Cup Finals, he also five hits and a block.

“When an elite goal scorer is blocking shots and diving to get the puck out, believe me, that gets noticed on the bench especially when he’s the captain,” Trotz added.

For Orpik, that was his first goal since Feb. 26, 2016 and would turn out to be the game-winner.

“Orpik is old school and probably the most respected guy,” Trotz said. “(He) does all the little things that make a difference and the stats don’t show and the guys love it. He’s a true pro.”

Alex Tuch had a chance to tie the game late in the third period but Braden Holtby made the save of his life.

“A great save with 1:59 left and you could see the emotion on our bench,” said Trotz. “I knew we were going to win the game after that.”

The Capitals did win and everybody stepped up. Eller and Andre Burakovsky each had a pair of assists. Orpik and Tom Wilson each had six hits. Jakub Vrana nearly had a goal. It was just a complete effort in this historic win.

14,485 fans filled Capital One Arena and celebrated in the street. It was another incredible scene as this great city comes together to support the Capitals.

If you think the scenes from beating Pittsburgh, beating Tampa in Game 7, and winning Game 2 Wednesday night were lit, you ain’t seen nothing yet! This series comes back to DC on Saturday night even at one and the fans can’t wait to welcome them home.

By Michael Marzzacco

About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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