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Capitals Win 2018 Stanley Cup Final: Score, Celebration Highlights and Reaction

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJune 8, 2018

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 07:  Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals hoists the Stanley Cup after his team defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in Game Five of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on June 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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The Washington Capitals won the 2018 Stanley Cup Final with a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 on Thursday night.

Given it is the first time in their 44-year history that they have hoisted the Cup, there was quite the celebration in Las Vegas and back home in the nation's capital.

After having a pair of one-goal leads in the second period, Washington entered the third trailing 3-2. It got the equalizer from Devante Smith-Pelly midway through the third. Moments later, Lars Eller scored what turned out to be the Cup-clinching goal:

Washington Capitals @Capitals

SHOW US YOUR TIGER EMOJIS!! #ALLCAPS #StanleyCup https://t.co/TBoia9Gb6O

Ellers was the one who gave the Capitals their first win this postseason with a double-overtime score against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 3 of the first round. Now, he got the goal that gave them their 16th and final victory of the playoffs.

That sent the fans back at Washington's Capital One Arena into pandemonium:

Washington Capitals @Capitals

MAYHEM!!! #ALLCAPS #StanleyCup https://t.co/jjpzFZqXgZ

Joe Giza @JoeGiza

📹 #Capitals fans react to Caps going up 4-3 late in the 3rd #WBZ #StanleyCup https://t.co/9p6N23D8ak

From that point on, it was all about killing the final seven-plus minutes of game time. Even with a clock malfunction, Braden Holtby and Co. found a way to keep the puck out of the net.

Fourteen years after being taken with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, Alexander Ovechkin finally delivered a championship to Washington:

Washington Capitals @Capitals

THE WASHINGTON CAPITALS ARE THE 2018 #STANLEYCUP CHAMPIONS! #ALLCAPS https://t.co/QNrMYcleBi

NHL @NHL

His moment, as last. #StanleyCup https://t.co/uZloDCFKOf

That meant it was time for the Capitals to introduce themselves to the Stanley Cup:

Washington Capitals @Capitals

.@StanleyCup Hi

The Stanley Cup @StanleyCup

Come and get me, @ovi8.

The Stanley Cup @StanleyCup

😘

Vegas couldn't cap off its inaugural season with a championship, but the Golden Knights made sure to pay their respect to the victors:

Vegas Golden Knights @GoldenKnights

Congratulations @Capitals 🤝

At that point, the celebration was on:

Washington Capitals @Capitals

WE DID IT BOYS!! #ALLCAPS #StanleyCup https://t.co/w8Qo8enlBp

Washington Capitals @Capitals

THE MOMENT WE'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR! WE GOT THE CUP! #ALLCAPS #STANLEYCUP https://t.co/TEur4PnhMD

NHL @NHL

It makes grown men cry. #StanleyCup https://t.co/ogEuBPx1q9

NHL @NHL

A dream come true. #StanleyCup https://t.co/DcQdHfnXZd

Washington Capitals @Capitals

THE MOMENT IT WAS FINALLY REAL! #ALLCAPS #StanleyCup https://t.co/zBgrPs65xr

NHL @NHL

#StanleyCup https://t.co/m0fiFjaqv3

The celebration eventually made its way from the ice to the locker room:

Washington Capitals @Capitals

Let’s go!!!!!!! #ALLCAPS #StanleyCaps https://t.co/AzMUODgOVB

Washington Capitals @Capitals

TROTZY!!!!! #ALLCAPS https://t.co/FCHiTTLyQs

Washington Capitals @Capitals

Championship shower for Coach! #StanleyCup #ALLCAPS https://t.co/ycu7CNtg9E

Washington Capitals @Capitals

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!!! #ALLCAPS #STANLEYCUP https://t.co/uBSP6XXTJO

The players, coaches and front office weren't the only ones celebrating. Capitals fans everywhere were soaking in the moment:

Jodie Fleischer @jodienbc4

PURE JOY in DC right now- Caps win the Cup!! #ALLCAPS #RocktheRed #nbc4dc https://t.co/uhKa3VYEGu

NBC News @NBCNews

LIVE: Washington Capitals fans celebrate first ever #StanleyCup. https://t.co/HGng2M3o44 https://t.co/09HJCkpeLc

NHL @NHL

It's mayhem in DC! #StanleyCup https://t.co/d3yfs4qJXL

Steve Chenevey FOX5 @stevechenevey

Crowd goes crazy with We are the Champions! #ALLCAPS #StanleyCup https://t.co/9VkAPfsxU6

🏒STANLEY CUP SUZ @suzjdean

All of DC right now!!! #ALLCAPS https://t.co/1K13WTxpa9

🏒STANLEY CUP SUZ @suzjdean

Kinda wanna go to the streets and kinda scared...so much Glass 😱 https://t.co/zSX53u1fvz

🏒STANLEY CUP SUZ @suzjdean

Last video y’all lol...this is my fave though #ALLCAPS 😂🏒🙌🏼 couldn’t help myself... https://t.co/lQDvn6CmBW

The winner of the previous two Stanley Cups, the Pittsburgh Penguins, passed the torch:

Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins

After 726 days of being Stanley Cup Champions, it’s time to pass the torch. Congratulations to the Washington Capitals on a well-deserved championship victory.

Steve Chenevey FOX5 @stevechenevey

Still celebrating on #metro at 1230am #ALLCAPS #StanleyCup #champions https://t.co/Ump6tR5toM

Washington had to rally from a 0-2 series deficit to Columbus in the first round, but the Blue Jackets put aside their disappointing defeat and made sure to send along congratulations:

Columbus Blue Jackets @BlueJacketsNHL

congrats, @capitals.

Plenty of teams around the league joined in:

Tampa Bay Lightning @TBLightning

Congrats to the @capitals on an incredible run and a well-earned #StanleyCup. We went out to the best. See you soon. ⚡️🦅

Anaheim Ducks @AnaheimDucks

Congrats to the @Capitals on their #StanleyCup win, and props to @GoldenKnights for an incredible inaugural season. Now...#IsItOctoberYet?!?!

New Jersey Devils @NJDevils

The Cup is staying in the Eastern Conference. Congrats to the @Capitals on their #StanleyCup victory…We’ll be seeing you soon. https://t.co/rNsFKR1vP6

Calgary Flames @NHLFlames

Congratulations to the @Capitals on their #StanleyCup win! And to the @GoldenKnights - wow, what an inaugural season! Congrats on the tremendous run!

Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes

Congratulations to the @Capitals, the city of Washington D.C., and their incredible fans. #StanleyCup

Winnipeg Jets @NHLJets

Congratulations to the Washington @Capitals on winning the 2018 #StanleyCup playoffs! https://t.co/6Xmpm8hbEi

It was a bittersweet moment for Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper, who as a Vegas native is a noted Golden Knights fan:

Bryce Harper @Bharper3407

Congrats not only to the @Capitals and the players, but to the whole City of DC. What a year, what a series, and so well deserved! The Cup is coming to town! @Holts170 you are an absolute stud!🔥 #DMV

Bryce Harper @Bharper3407

I’m so proud to be born and raised in Las Vegas and so proud to call the @GoldenKnights my team! To be able to root for a team from my home town for the first time in my life was the most fun I’ve ever had! Now I understand what it means to be a fan! What a year fellas!⚔️ #VGK

Bryce Harper @Bharper3407

I think it would only be fitting for us the @Nationals to rock the red tmrw night in support of the @Capitals winning the Cup! What do you say?🏒🤟🏼 #DMVfamily

It was a night nobody in Washington will soon forget.

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