The Washington Capitals have won NHL’s Stanley Cup for the first time in their 44-year history after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3.
The Caps – who led the best-of-seven series 3-1 going into Game 5 – found themselves 3-2 down with 20 minutes left to play.
But goals from Devante Smith-Pelly and Lars Eller gave Washington the lead, and the side were able to absorb Vegas pressure in the closing minutes to clinch the trophy.
After a quiet first period, the game came to life in the second – with the Caps and Vegas trading four goals in six minutes.
Jakub Vrana and Alex Ovechkin – the playoff MVP (most valuable player) – both put the Capitals ahead only for Nate Schmidt and David Perron to tie up proceedings.
Reilly Smith gave Vegas hope when he found the net with less than a minute remaining in the second period.
But two moments of Washington wizardry sealed the win: Smith-Pelly made it a 3-3 game half-way through the third when he connected with the puck while at full stretch and Eller got what would turn out to be the game-winner pouncing on a puck which had slipped past Marc-Andre Fleury.