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One year ago, something special happened for the city of Washington D.C. and its professional hockey team. The Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup and provided joy to the city of heartbreak for over twenty-six years.
For superstar left winger Alex Ovechkin, winning the Stanley Cup was like placing a star on a Christmas tree.
In the Ovechkin era, the Capitals couldn’t get out of the second round mostly losing to their arch rival Pittsburgh Penguins. Although this was the case, Ovechkin never lost ground with individual awards which includes three Hart trophies (NHL-Most Valuable Player), one Calder trophy (Rookie of the Year), one Art Ross trophy (most points in the regular season for player), three Ted Lindsay trophies (Most Outstanding Player) and one Conn Smythe trophy (Most Valuable Player of postseason) winner.
Yet still, they finally got over the hump and won a championship.
This wasn’t just because of Ovechkin, the key to winning a championship in hockey is continuing to get all-around help throughout each line for the team. This happened with the 2018 Washington Capitals.
Contributions from Andre Burakovsky, Devante Smith-Pelly, Brett Connolly, Chandler Stephenson, Tom Wilson and of course goaltender Braden Holtby all assisted in winning the championship.
In the last two minutes of Game 2 between the Capitals and Golden Knights, Holtby made the most speculator save of his life on Alex Tuch, sprawling out making a marvelous stick save.
This changed the trajectory of the series and momentum shifted to the Caps’ going home for Game 3. It eventually led to the outcome of the Caps’ dominating in every fashion to win the series.
“The capital of the country is the capital of the hockey playoffs,” stated Michael “Doc” Emrick, NHL Play-By-Play announcer during final seconds of the Golden Knights vs Capitals telecast.
So, this week, the Caps’ players and fans relive the glory moment in Capitals history.