At long last, Ovechkin and Capitals are Stanley Cup champs

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After years of playoff disappointment and a decades-long championship drought, the Washington Capitals captured their first Stanley Cup with a 4-3 victory over the expansion Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 Thursday.

The Capitals had reached the Cup Final once previously, in 1998, when they were swept by the Detroit Red Wings.

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But they met an overpowering Capitals team that won the Metropolitan Division with a 49-26 regular-season record.

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Each goal came off a defensive-zone turnover by the Golden Knights. David Perron got credit for the tying goal after he was thrown into the net by Christian Djoos and had Tomas Tatar's shot hit him.

Smith gave Vegas a 3-2 lead with a power-play goal at 19:31.

When the Capitals were born in 1974, they won just eight games in that first year. Alex Tuch got his own rebound in the right circle and whipped a pass to Smith, who scored from the left circle. The Caps went up 4-0 on a John Carlson goal 15:23 into the second period.

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