At long last, Ovechkin and Capitals are Stanley Cup champs

Caps on cusp of Cup after Washington takes 3-1 series lead in Stanley Cup Final

A scoreless first period gave way to a wild second period with five goals, two ties and a lead change that temporarily put the Golden Knights ahead. Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final is set for Thursday night in Las Vegas.

Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie chose to take advantage of D.C.'s public transportation to get to Monday night's Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, but he hit a little snag on the way there: he was short 35 cents. The team scored in the third period or overtime in 20 of 24 games in the playoffs.

The lead lasted less than four minutes as former Capital defenseman Nate Schmidt scored first for the Knights, on a shot from above the right circle that careened off Matt Niskanen's skate. It was Ovechkin's franchise-record 15th goal of the postseason. Three of the four teams that had 10 road wins in a single postseason have won the Stanley Cup. If they can get the win it would secure their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. The Caps were tied for the fifth-longest active Cup drought with Philadelphia, which won it in 1974.

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The public address announcer inside T-Mobile Arena wasn't even done announcing that goal before Ovechkin drew a tripping penalty and then scored on a one-time snapshot from the bottom of the left faceoff circle off a pinpoint feed from Nicklas Backstrom to make it 2-1 just 34 second later.

Braden Holtby was once again solid in the Washington net, turning aside 28 of the 31 shots he faced and posting a save percentage above.900 for the forth time this series.

Ovechkin and his friends had other ideas. Vegas will push with everything they have, but these Capitals are relentless.

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