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Behind The Numbers

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 / 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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Fleury says he wants to end career with Golden Knights

33-year-old goalie can be unrestricted free agent in 2019, is eligible to sign extension July 1

by Danny Webster / Correspondent

LAS VEGAS -- Marc-Andre Fleury said Friday he wants to play the rest of his career with the Vegas Golden Knights.

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Short Shifts

Relive Capitals' Stanley Cup run through all of Ovechkin's faces

Conn Smythe winner is not one to hide his emotions @NHLdotcom

Ovechkin's best reactions

Watch Ovi's best reactions from the 2018 playoffs

Reflect on the best celebrations and reactions of Alex Ovechkin through the 2018 playoffs, ending with the Capitals' first Stanley Cup title

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Alex Ovechkin led the Washington Capitals to the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas, but he still needs plenty of work on his poker face.

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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 / 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 / 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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Ovechkin cements legacy by winning Stanley Cup for Capitals

Captain 'evolved' to deliver first championship to Washington

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS - It started simply. George McPhee, then the general manager of the Washington Capitals, now the general manager of the Vegas Golden Knights, stepped to the podium at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, and uttered one sentence that would forever change the story of both team and player: "With the first selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, the Washington Capitals are pleased to select Alexander Ovechkin."

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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 / 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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Capitals' Stanley Cup parade Tuesday in Washington

Downtown procession to celebrate first championship will end with rally at National Mall @NHLdotcom

The Washington Capitals' parade to celebrate winning the Stanley Cup for the first time will be held Tuesday beginning at 11 a.m. ET in downtown Washington.

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Golden Knights' ride to Stanley Cup Final made special memories

Formed bond with Vegas during historic inaugural season

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- The bus pulled over in West Yellowstone, Montana, on Aug. 18. The Vegas Golden Knights had sent staffers on a promo tour through their TV territory in Idaho, Montana and Utah, and they'd let me come along for the ride.

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Capitals owner basks in glow of first Stanley Cup championship

Washington 'so ready for a winner' after numerous disappointments, Leonsis says

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Basking in the glow of the Washington Capitals winning the Stanley Cup for the first time in their 43-season history Thursday, owner Ted Leonsis kept bringing the conversation back to the city his team represents.

"I can't overstress how important delivering this to Washington, D.C. is," Leonsis said following the Cup-clinching 4-3 win against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. "Washington, D.C. gets a bad reputation, or a different reputation, and this is so good. There's nothing negative about this. It's only uplifting and I'm proud to have been able to do this for our community."

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