Washington DC, Capitals fans and players celebrate championship

  • Washington DC, Capitals fans and players celebrate championship

Washington DC, Capitals fans and players celebrate championship

Following last night's 4-3 victory over the Las Vegas Golden Knights in Sin City, Conn Smythe Award victor Alex Ovechkin and his teammates hit up the Vegas strip with Lord Stanley's Cup in tow. This moment, I'll remember for the rest of my life.

"We have a lot of work to do", he added. "I'm just very excited and I'm very happy right now".

I don't think the Capitals took it easy in the regular season, but when the playoffs came around, they absolutely flipped a switch.

"It doesn't matter what happened before". Just playing, and no satisfaction. Finally we did. We knew this year is going to be our year.

This year was different - and it was thrilling.

It's unclear if every player will be there, but the Cup definitely will be.

Washington jumped out to a 2-0 series lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final before dropping the next three contests.

All season long, the big National Hockey League story was the incredible season by the Golden Knights. No one could have predicted reaching the final.

After 44 years, the Washington Capitals have finally captured their first Stanley Cup. His third season with the Caps turned out to be the best and has ended with a Stanley Cup.

Ovechkin seemed unaware of what was happening behind him, but his teammates were distracted, gawking at the woman. Ovechkin was the second Russian-born victor of the honor since it was first awarded in 1965.

Ovechkin didn't lose sight of the Cup through it all. He reached the 40-goal mark for the ninth time, capturing his seventh Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy.

"I said to Brian there's no reason that I don't want to be there".

With the win, the Capitals saved sportsbooks in Las Vegas millions, as the expansion franchise had been available at odds as long as 500/1 before the season started.