The year is 2018. It is June 7. It’s Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. The team was only 60 minutes, 3 periods, one game away from winning it all and bringing Lord Stanley to Washington….and they did. Are you getting emotional yet? It’s hard to believe it’s been two years since the Capitals won the Stanley Cup. It was the greatest moment for D.C sports fans. Let’s take a look back on that iconic night.
After a scoreless first period, forward Jakub Vrana got the first goal of the night on a breakaway in the second period.
Golden Knights defenseman and former Capital Nate Schmidt scored minutes later but captain Alex Ovechkin fired a one-timer for his 15th goal of the playoffs on the power-play and held a new franchise record for goals scored in a single postseason.
Vegas wasn’t quitting and held onto a 3-2 lead at the start of the final frame. Thankfully, former Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly tied things up halfway and boy, it was a memorable one.
The Capitals were so close—one more goal to take the lead! Enter center Lars Eller with his 7th goal of the playoffs and the Stanley Cup-winning goal.
How were you feeling when the clock malfunctioned? Yeah, that was crazy.
But you know what? The Capitals won. The Capitals won the Stanley Cup!
In addition to the Stanley Cup, Ovechkin won the Conn Smythe Trophy.
As The Great Eight said, the Capitals were going to “get some beers, get some whatever, and start celebrating!”
And they did.
The summer of 2018 was a wild and unforgettable series of championship celebrations in Vegas, D.C., and players’ respective home countries. Perhaps the most memorable moments were Ovechkin’s keg stand out of the Cup and the one and only fountain party at Georgetown Waterfront.
I Will Wait by Mumford & Sons became the unofficial anthem of the summer after the Capitals tweeted this gripping, emotional video on June 8. I get chills every time I watch it.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) June 8, 2018
Caps fans, where were you when the Capitals won the Stanley Cup? In Vegas? On the streets of D.C. at the massive watch party? Capital One Arena watch party? Or maybe in the comfort of your own home celebrating? Let us know!
Happy June 7th!
Happy June 7th
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) June 7, 2020
By Della Young