Another is finally realized.
It was looking like the Golden Knights would extend the series until midway through the third period, when Devante Smith-Pelly scored a handsome goal on a quick skate-to-stick play.
After years of postseason futility, the Washington hockey team finally had a breakthrough this season. "But when your leaders does those things, it gives a huge morale boost to the rest of us and we all want to win for each other". And he has a Conn Smythe Trophy to go along with it after being named the playoff MVP.
No one in the building thought he'd have the chance to give up a Stanley Cup-winning goal in virtually the same spot.
"I can't explain the way I feel".
And the first player he handed it to? He's here tonight, I don't know where he's at, but this one will stick with him forever. "So I got behind him and the puck just squeaks through. It was a special moment".
However, the hosts could not hold on to their lead with Devante Smith-Pelly equalising - before Eller scored what proved to be the championship-deciding goal.
Capitals fans were glued to television screens around the Rockville bar as the team jumped out to a 4-0 lead over the Golden Knights.
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The Raiders and the National Football League will arrive in 2020 and Las Vegas as a sports community will change forever, but never will Southern Nevada experience the sort of journey a hockey team took it on the past nine months. No one had even expected a playoff appearance.
- The Capitals have scored three or more goals in each of the first four games of this series while allowing a total of five goals in the past three games. Thirty-four seconds after that, the Capitals scored again to go ahead 2-1. And if anyone's destined to cap off such a historic run in surreal fashion, it's the Golden Knights. "We have to concentrate, and we have to play our best to get it done".
Luca Sbisa - The Vegas blueliner had team-worst possession numbers (5 for, 13 against, 27.8 CF%, 3-6 scoring chances) and was on the ice for two goals against, including the game-winner, which followed a Sbisa turnover and Sbisa didn't cover Eller sufficiently as he grabbed a loose puck in the crease. Eller's goal broke a 3-3 tie. The play started when Vegas defenceman Deryk Engelland missed the net with a shot and then got caught deep in Washington's zone.
With temperatures hitting 37 C outside T-Mobile Arena, the heat was turned up before the opening faceoff as Ovechkin and Fleury exchanged not-so-friendly love taps near centre ice in warmups, but nothing really materialized out of the exchange.
Washington Capitals' Shane Gersich (63) and T.J. Oshie (77) celebrate after the Capitals defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals on Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Las Vegas.
The goals kept coming - and from unlikely sources. Capitals goalie Braden Holtby finished with 29 saves. Tomas Tatar's shot deflect off Perron while he sat inside the net.
Reilly Smith scored a go-ahead goal late in the second period for the Golden Knights, who won seven of their first eight home playoff games before dropping the last two.
But after becoming the fifth player in the last quarter-century to score at least 15 goals in a postseason, Ovechkin is a champion at last. Smith-Pelly, who had seven goals in 75 games in the regular season, notched his seventh goal in 24 playoff games.