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Capitals take out full-page newspaper ad to congratulate Golden Knights

Vegas was first team since 1968 to reach Cup Final in inaugural season

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Even the Stanley Cup champions can appreciate what the Vegas Golden Knights did in their first NHL season.

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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 / NHL.com 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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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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Golden Knights' ride to Stanley Cup Final made special memories

Formed bond with Vegas during historic inaugural season

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com 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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Facts and Figures: Capitals end historic wait for Stanley Cup

Won first championship in 3,701st game since entering NHL in 1974

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* The Washington Capitals ended the second-longest wait for an NHL team before winning its first Stanley Cup by defeating the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in Game 5 of the Final on Thursday. They won the Cup for the first time in their 43rd season of competition and their 3,701st game (regular-season and playoff) since joining the NHL in 1974-75. The Los Angeles Kings won the Cup for the first time in 2012, their 44th season since entering the League in 1967. It was Washington's first professional sports championship since 1992, when the Washington Redskins won the Super Bowl.

* Forward Devante Smith-Pelly, who scored the winning goal in Game 4, tied Game 5 when he scored midway through the third period, giving him goals in three consecutive games -- a first in his NHL career. It was his seventh goal of the playoffs (24 games played), matching his regular-season total (75 GP).

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Golden Knights' magic runs out in Stanley Cup Final against Capitals

Fleury, first line, defense fall short to end storybook tale of first NHL season

by Danny Webster / NHL.com Correspondent

LAS VEGAS -- The Vegas Golden Knights' inaugural NHL season came to an end Thursday with a loss to the Washington Capitals in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

The Golden Knights defied all odds by winning the Pacific Division with 109 points before storming through the first three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They eliminated the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks and Winnipeg Jets, losing three games in those three series, before falling to the Capitals, who won the Cup for the first time in their 43-season history.

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Golden Knights feeling pain of Cup Final loss to Capitals

Will take time for disappointment to pass, pride of accomplishment to set in

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

LAS VEGAS -- The pride will come for the Vegas Golden Knights, but not until they endure the pain of falling short on the biggest stage in hockey.

After the horn sounded on a 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals in Game 5 at T-Mobile Arena that ended the Golden Knight season on Thursday, forward Erik Haula knelt in his own end of the ice, bereft of energy, and watched the jubilant Capitals celebrate their first Stanley Cup title.

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Golden Knights end 'unbelievable year' with loss in Cup Final

Falling to Capitals can't erase what Vegas accomplished during inaugural season

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- It was still a moment to savor.

The Vegas Golden Knights' season had ended with a 4-3 loss in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday. They had to watch the Washington Capitals celebrate on their home ice at T-Mobile Arena.

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