Hawley's dedication to the team led him and his wife to follow the Golden Knights to Washington, where they watched Game 3 at a restaurant and attended Game 4 at Capital One Arena.
"I think we'll remember the group in this room most", said Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland, the Las Vegas resident whose stirring and emotional speech at the home opener to honor the 58 dead and hundreds injured and first responders from the shooting will stand as a signature moment to the inaugural season. There were lead changes, a coach's challenge, fights and power plays as the teams picked up the pace following a goal-less opening period. "Even when they got an extra timeout when the clock broke our guys were like, we got this. They were a good hockey team, they deserve the Stanley Cup".
They played into June, this collection of Golden Misfits, something no one could have imagined for a team that barely had any players a year ago.
But he had a nightmarish Final, allowing 20 goals in five games after being in the running for MVP after three rounds. Vegas has never lost four games in a row in its brief history. He scored in Game 4, too, also collecting the puck off a skate before his shot.
Washington forward Tom Wilson delivered two thunderous hits early in the game, including one on Karlsson that seemed to rattle the Knights centre. First up, we've got some 2018 Stanley Cup Champions hats.
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Reilly Smith scored a go-ahead goal late in the second period for the Golden Knights, who won seven of their first eight home playoff games before dropping the last two. He beat Marc-Andre Fleury on his glove side, sending the puck over his left elbow and into the net.
"I've always said that we have the best hockey fans in the world", Leonsis said. Instead, the seemingly charmed Golden Knights struggled against the rugged Capitals. He came to Vegas in the expansion draft and found a new lease on life, becoming the face of the franchise off the ice and the backbone on the ice. Washington is the 19th active franchise to win the Stanley Cup. "You'd rather have the odds in your favor, but I'm thinking about (Game 5)". But this year was supposed to be a step-back season and the third consecutive division title was a bit of a surprise. The temperature outside was close to 100 degrees for Game 5 but hockey worked in the desert and it worked in a city where you don't have to go far to place a bet on the team.
It marked the third scoreless period of the series. Capitals goalie Braden Holtby finished with 29 saves.
Potomac's Lynda Carter, widely known for her role as Wonder Woman during the 1970s television series, was spotted Saturday in D.C. wearing a Capitals jersey prior to Game 3.
The lack of success and the burden to carry the Capitals to a championship would fall on Ovechkin's shoulders.
Coach's actual name is Tim Oshie, and his presence at Thursday's Stanley Cup finals clincher made a special day all the more memorable for the Capitals' 31-year-old forward. He was instrumental in Washington's 6-2 demolition of the Golden Knights in Game 4, when he registered four assists to tie a single-game Stanley Cup Final record. Carrier hadn't played since the second round against San Jose, while Perron was a healthy scratch for only one game. It was a whole one team, stick with the system and it doesn't matter what happened, even after the [second] period, we knew we just have to push it and get the result done.
Hundreds of fans braved 97-degree heat and assembled again in the plaza directly outside T-Mobile Arena several hours before Vegas hosted Washington in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.