Golden Knights betting favorites for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final

WinView Games Playbook: Capitals vs. Golden Knights - June 7

Nathan Walker's history-making season of Ice Hockey has culminated in championship glory, with the lad himself now becoming the first player to hoist the coveted Stanley Cup as a member of a championship NHL team. The expansion Golden Knights closed their record-breaking season with their first four-game losing streak. Inspirational. An example of the power of unity.

Captain Alex Ovechkin capped his playoff MVP campaign with a power-play goal, and Devante Smith-Pelly tied it with a full-stretch goal midway through the final period of the Capitals' fourth consecutive victory over the Golden Knights, whose incredible expansion season finally ended in the desert.

Oshie said he couldn't have done it without steadfast support from Tim, who served as a coach for one of T.J.'s childhood teams in Everett. I knew he wants it so bad and this organization wants it so bad. They certainly looked like that in Game 4, closing the door quickly and rendering about 40 minutes of the game meaningless. "Even after the third period, we knew we just had to push it and get the result". We worked so hard through all the years.

As game time approached, the crowd got larger as it swelled with fans without tickets.

The Knights have never lost four consecutive games in their inaugural season. Think of how many times the Capitals and their fans could have said that in previous years, reflecting on yet another disappointment that they had convinced themselves wasn't going to happen. Gerard Gallant, cast aside by the Florida Panthers 22 games into the 2015-16 season, has his team playing high-pressure, disciplined hockey, and the fact that he has been largely rolling four lines, has meant that some of his players have been getting more of an opportunity to shine than they had had at their previous clubs.

Washington is your Stanley Cup champion, deserved in every way.

And so they did, with a beaming Ovechkin winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs.

Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is expecting a massive celebration following the first Stanley Cup win in franchise history. Vegas is 7-3 in its last 10 home games as moneyline favorite of -135 to -200, according to the OddsShark NHL Database. My head says to take Vegas here - they've got the hottest goaltender and I love their ability to suffocate teams with speed and pressure on the puck - but my heart says Capitals.

But the team that quickly grew accustomed to defying logic over the course of their magical first season had no answer when it came time to face the Capitals. And tonight, the Ravens were among the first to congratulate the Caps on winning their first Stanley Cup.

However the Capitals have three spots free on their engraving list to dish out as they see fit, and the historical significance of Walker being a member of the team puts him in good stead for consideration. He scored in Game 4, too, also collecting the puck off a skate before his shot.

"Usually that Eller goal would've been the opposition scoring on us and it would've been devastating and they'd be up 3-0 and we'd lose the series", said Laughlin, now a TV color commentator who along with team President Dick Patrick is among the longest-lasting members of the organization.

It was truth, not fiction.

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson, left, and Vegas Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch tussle during the second period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, June 7, 2018, in Las Vegas.

"This is what we dreamed of for years", Backstrom said.

"Me and him have been together and always fighting through a lot of negative things, lots of problems", Ovechkin said.

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