Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
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Alex Ovechkin of Washington Capitals wins Conn Smythe trophy as playoffs MVP

Alex Ovechkin of Washington Capitals wins Conn Smythe trophy as playoffs MVP

Fellow Nats teammate Max Scherzer joined Zimmerman inside Capital One Arena for the big game. Entering this year's playoffs, the Capitals had fallen in nine of the previous 10 playoff series against the Penguins.

The Capitals had not advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs since the 1998 Cup final when they were swept by Detroit, but defeated Columbus, arch-rival Pittsburgh, and Tampa Bay before downing expansion Vegas this spring.

The Golden Knights wrap up a storybook year, advancing all the way to the final in their first year of existence. They didn't stop there. Washington has overcome a multitude of adversity to get to this point after trailing in every series they've played so far in this postseason, and now they're just one win away from history.

The Capitals have won both games that Oshie and Niskanen have taken the train to get to so, if there is a Game 6 back in Washington, fans may catch another glimpse of the pair pre-game.

The championship required a dramatic comeback, as Devante Smith-Pelly's third-period goal was the equalizer before Lars Eller scored the game-winner on a play that will forever be remembered in Washington sports lore.

Alex Ovechkin is a Stanley Cup champion at last - and he has another piece of hardware, too.

Washington challenged for goalie interference, but the call on the ice stood before Smith gave the home side a 3-2 lead.

Washington forward Tom Wilson delivered two thunderous hits early in the game, including one on Karlsson that seemed to rattle the Knights centre. Marc-Andre Fluery has regressed at the worst possible time after bailing the Golden Knights out multiple times in the first three rounds.

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