The 2018 Stanley Cup Final featured a matchup between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Washington Capitals. This was one of the most anticipated Stanley Cup Final's in recent history largely due to the fact that the Golden Knights were playing in their inaugural season and have already achieved tremendous success. On the other hand, the Washington Capitals were playing in their first Stanley Cup Final since the 1997-98 season. The Caps were finally able to overcome their demons and moved on past the second round which has been their downfall in the three previous seasons. The Washington Capitals finally got the monkey off their back by advancing past the second round, something they have not done since 1998. No one is more relieved of this than Alex Ovechkin himself. Constantly criticized for his lack of playoff success, Ovi silenced all of the doubters and solidified his legacy as one of the NHL's greatest players ever by putting his name, along with his teammates' names, on the Stanley Cup. Ovechkin plays alongside some of the most talented players in the league in the likes of Nicolas Backstrom, Andre Burakovsky, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and T.J. Oshie which were key factors to the Capitals success this season. Their forwards are supported by a strong supporting cast of defensemen and the excellent goaltending of Braden Holtby. And it was as a team that they were able to come back from being down 3-2 in the Eastern Conference Finals to force a Game 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning and reach their first Stanley Cup Final in 20 years and ultimately win their first Cup in franchise history. After losing Game 1 to the Golden Knights in Vegas, the Caps bounced back with the help of their former Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender, Braden Holtby. With the game winding down, the Caps held a one-goal lead when Vegas' Alex Tuch had essentially an open goal but Holtby made a miraculous paddle save to retain Washington's lead and Game 2 victory. The series headed back to D.C. where the Capitals dominated Games 3 and 4 and took care of business on home ice. With a 3-1 lead, they arrived in Vegas looking to clinch their first Stanley Cup championship in team history. Jakub Vrana opened the scoring in Game 5 during a 5-goal 2nd period which saw the Golden Knights take a 3-2 lead into the 3rd period. However, Devante Smith-Pelly tied the game halfway through the period and Lars Eller would score the Stanley Cup-clinching goal towards the end of the period. Alex Ovechkin was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the MVP of the Stanley Cup Final and the leading goal-scorer in the playoffs.
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