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'Quest for the Stanley Cup' reaches dramatic conclusion in final episode

Ovechkin, Oshie steal the show in wake of championship effort by Capitals

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Washington Captials exhibited a range of emotions when they closed out 2018 as Stanley Cup champions. In the end, it was all about having fun, from staying loose going into what turned into the final game of the season, to the non-stop party that followed.

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Ovechkin, Holtby join Fallon for drink out of Stanley Cup

Capitals made appearance on 'The Tonight Show' with trophy

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The Washington Capitals showed the world a new way to drink out of the Stanley Cup, and talk show host Jimmy Fallon just had to go bottoms up.

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Top 12 viral moments of Stanley Cup Playoffs

Capitals celebration, Golden Knights pregame shows among memorable online highlights

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The 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs were filled with epic moments on the ice. There were amazing goals, acrobatic saves, tremendous passes and stingy defense.

But we aren't concerned with any of that. Our Short Shifts crew put together the 12 most viral moments of the postseason.

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Stanley Cup Playoff top memories shared by NHL.com

Writers offer favorite moments from 2018 postseason

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The lasting image of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs will undoubtedly be the pure joy on the face of Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin when he was handed the Stanley Cup by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman following Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on June 7.  

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Capitals GM MacLellan quietly savors Stanley Cup victory

Avoids spotlight with big decisions on Trotz, Carlson looming

by Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Brian MacLellan doesn't seek the spotlight, not even here in this glitzy city. He'll be the first to tell you that.

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Capitals joined by Nationals in Stanley Cup party

Ovechkin throws first pitch to start day at ballpark; teammates bask in glow of first title

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Showing no signs of slowing down, the Washington Capitals' Stanley Cup celebration continued at Nationals Park on Saturday. 

The Capitals and the Stanley Cup were the Washington Nationals' guests for their 7-5 win against the San Francisco Giants, visiting them in their clubhouse beforehand and cheering them on from a private suite down the third base line.

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Capitals rode power-play success, shot blocking to Stanley Cup

Numbers suggest Golden Knights may have held puck more, but Washington's advantage in key areas helped sway Final

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

Although the Vegas Golden Knights lost in the Stanley Cup Final to the Washington Capitals in five games, they may have controlled the play more often, according to the numbers. 

The Capitals power play, the inability of Golden Knights top-six forwards like Jonathan Marchessault to score, a reversal in fortunes for Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and Washington's shot blocking were the deciding factors.

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Capitals' Cup run defined by 'The Stick' save, 'The Post' miss

Hall of Famer Bowman says Final against Golden Knights swung on Holtby stop, Neal errant shot

by Mike Zeisberger @zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- The paddle of a goalie stick.

The width of a goal post.

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Golden Knights disappointed but optimistic following Cup Final loss

Changes expected; hope to keep identity, chemistry intact

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee couldn't have put it any better, adeptly describing the vacant feeling of losing in the Stanley Cup Final, coupled with the sense of accomplishment in their inaugural season.

McPhee was proud of his team, and rightly so. But he said the 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals in Game 5 at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday left them running the gamut of emotions.

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'Quest for the Stanley Cup' features Holtby's big save in Game 2

Capitals goalie's stick stop against Golden Knights' Tuch highlights sixth episode

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / NHL.com Staff Writer

By now, we know this story ends with the Washington Capitals winning the Stanley Cup in Game 5 on Thursday.

And although a championship is the culmination of moments that landed in one team's favor, whether through hard work or plain luck, one will forever be linked to this run: Braden Holtby making "The Save."

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