Caps on top: Washington wins Stanley Cup, beats Vegas 4-3

Caps on top: Washington wins Stanley Cup, beats Vegas 4-3

Caps on top: Washington wins Stanley Cup, beats Vegas 4-3

A scoreless first period, five total goals in the second, multiple lead changes and ties throughout.

The Las Vegas Golden Knights are priced at -140 to take Game 5, with the Capitals valued at +137 according to

The Washington Capitals are now 3-1 in the series, and will play the Golden Knights for Game 5 in Vegas Thursday night at 8 p.m.

He scored a goal in the second period of Game 5 giving him 15 in the playoffs which passed John Druce for the most in Capitals' history.

Eller scored the victor from the slot, shoveling the puck into the net after it got behind Fleury, who made the initial save on Brett Connolly's shot. The Caps lead the best of seven series three games to one.

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Over the next 18 seasons, the Capitals returned to the playoffs 12 times but their string of blows kept coming.

Add in Ovechkin's successor as the team's star, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and T.J. Oshie, and it's easy to see why the Capitals had so much regular-season success. Their Stanley Cup Final run has given D.C. its closest chance in a long time, and they're perhaps just one win away from ending the drought. The Golden Knights tied it at 9:40 when Schmidt's shot deflected in off Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen's right skate.

The public address announcer inside T-Mobile Arena wasn't even done announcing that goal before Ovechkin drew a tripping penalty and then scored on a one-time snapshot from the bottom of the left faceoff circle off a pinpoint feed from Nicklas Backstrom to make it 2-1 just 34 second later.

Ovechkin and his friends had other ideas. Three of the four teams that had 10 road wins in a single postseason have won the Stanley Cup.

If Vegas wins and avoids elimination, the Capitals will host Game 6 on Sunday.

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