The Washington Capitals beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The win gives the Capitals the series 4-1 and their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
After a scoreless first frame, the Capitals would open the scoring with a break away goal by Jakub Vrana, but the Knights would answer right back. Alex Ovechkin would notch a power play tally to make it 2-1, but the Knights would answer once again, and add a power play goal in the last minute for a 3-2 lead at the second intermission. The Capitals would tie it mid way through the final frame with a goal from Devante Smith-Pelly and re-take the lead with a goal from Lars Eller for a 4-3 lead.
Braden Holtby (3-1, 2.52 GAA, .919 sv%) started between the pipes for the Capitals. Marc-Andre Fleury (1-3, 4.08 GAA, .845 sv%) started in goal for the Knights. The Capitals starting forward lines and defensive pairs for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals:
Scratches: Alex Chiasson, Madison Bowey, Jakub Jerabek, Shane Gersich, Travis Boyd Nathan Walker and Pheonix Copley.
The Capitals and Knights battled to a scoreless draw for the first 20 minutes. The Capitals outshot the Knights 10-7 for the first 20 minutes. The Capitals were 0 for 1 and the Knights 0 for 0 on the man advantage for the first period.
The Knights won the battle at the faceoff dot 62-38%, but also led in giveaways, 7-1 for the opening frame. Each team had four blocked shots.
The Capitals would open the scoring with a break away goal from Jakub Vrana, who finished top shelf on Fleury at 6:24 of the middle frame.
The Knights would tie the game up less than 4 minutes later with a redirected shot by Nate Schmidt at 9:40 of the second period.
Alex Ovechkin would regain the lead for the Capitals with a power play goal at 10:14 of the second period. The goal was setup by a beautiful cross ice pass from Nicklas Backstrom.
But the Knights would strike right back again, this time with a goal from David Perron at 12:56 of the second period.
The Knights would take their first lead of the game with a power play goal from Reilly Smith at 19:31 of the second period.
The period would conclude with the Knights holding on to a 3-2 lead at the second intermission. Vegas outshot the Capitals 13-11 for the second period, and were tied 20-20 after two periods of play. The Capitals were 1 for 3 and the Knights 1 for 2 on the man advantage after 40 minutes of play.
The Capitals would tie the game with a goal from Devante Smith-Pelly at 9:52 of the final frame, making it 3-3.
Lars Eller would give the Capitals a 4-3 lead late with a goal from the crease at 12:23 of the final frame.
And that would be the final.
- The NHL box score is here.
SCENES FROM VEGAS AND THE DISTRICT
The area around Capital One Arena in the District was filled with red for blocks as fans turned out in unprecedented numbers to see the Washington Capitals attempt to clinch the Stanley Cup in Game 5. . . (Photo by Matt McClain/The Washington Post) #washingtoncapitals #capitals #caps #dc #dcsports #stanleycup #forthecup #hockey #nhl #goldenknights #vgk #vegas #lasvegas