The Washington Capitals won their first Stanley Cup title on June 7, 2018, exactly two years ago from Sunday. On that evening, the franchise, one that had suffered devastating playoffs exits year, after year, after year, was finally was able to reach the sport's mountaintop.
To celebrate the two-year anniversary of the title, Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin shared a video on his Instagram page capturing the team's initial celebration once the final horn of Game 5 sounded.
A post shared by Alexander Ovechkin (@aleksandrovechkinofficial) on Jun 7, 2020 at 4:51pm PDT
"7 June it's @capitals day!" he wrote. "Let's celebrate babes/champs forever!"
The moment was raw, authentic, and one Capitals players and D.C. sports fans will never forget.
Ovechkin earned Conn Smythe Trophy honors in 2018, the award given to the most valuable player during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The captain totaled a league-best 15 playoff goals during the Caps championship run and added 12 assists, too.
After dropping Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, the Capitals would win four straight games over the Vegas Golden Knights to earn their first championship in franchise history.
The 2020 NHL season is currently paused due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the league has approved a 24-team resumption in July. And yes, a 2020 Cup run would be pretty sweet, too.
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