One year ago today, the Washington Capitals pulled off the biggest feat in franchise history, clinching their first-ever Stanley Cup Championship.
It was the first championship for the Capitals in 44 years, and the first title for any Washington D.C. sports team in 26 years. The last professional D.C. team to win a championship was the Washington Redskins in the 1992 Super Bowl.
On June 7, 2018, the Caps rallied with two goals in the third period to beat the first-year Las Vegas Golden Knights, 4-3, in Game 5.
Capitals players returned home and famously celebrated with fans around the city until there was no beer left in the District.
Today, members of the 2018 Stanley Cup-winning team looked back on one of the biggest moments in D.C. sports history:
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) June 7, 2019
— Slapshot (@Caps_Slapshot) June 7, 2019
After a scoreless first period, Jakub Vrana got the Caps on the board first.
Devonta Smith-Pelly scored his seventh goal of the postseason and the biggest of his career to tie it up, 3-3, halfway throught the third period.
Lars Eller, who scored the Cup-winning goal at 12:23 of the third, shared a video of the big moment on Instagram.
A post shared by Lars Eller (@larsellerofficial) on Jun 7, 2019 at 10:00am PDT
Tom Wilson was on the ice the moment time expired.
A post shared by Tom Wilson (@tom_wilso) on Jun 7, 2019 at 9:57am PDT
Alex Ovechkin became the first Russian-born team captain to win the Cup. He posted a photo that still warms the hearts of Caps fans everywhere:
You can watch a replay of Game 5 on NBC Sports Washington tonight at 7:30 p.m.
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