Alex Ovechkin of Washington Capitals wins Conn Smythe Trophy as playoffs MVP

Alex Ovechkin exhales as he’s surrounded by his teammates after defeating the Penguins in Round 2

Alex Ovechkin exhales as he’s surrounded by his teammates after defeating the Penguins in Round 2

It was another level of vindication for the longtime National Hockey League superstar who, however fairly or unfairly, always bore the knock of "playoff choker" on his shoulders.

Alex Ovechkin holds up his Conn Smythe Trophy after claiming playoff MVP honours.

When asked by Amber how to explain his journey from Montreal to Washington, Eller said: "I'm in the right place now". We worked so hard through all the years.

Ovechkin is unlikely to let that bother him, the Muscovite was quoted as saying in his post-game interview: "Fans, we did it. Get some beers". Less than three minutes after eventual Conn Smythe victor Ovechkin scored his 15th playoff goal and third of the Stanley Cup on a power play, David Perron deflected a Tomas Tatar shot in to tie the game at 2-2.

"This is wonderful", Smith-Pelly said.

A few minutes earlier, thousands of Knights fans were on their feet cheering for their team. We can finally say: "Best fans in the world, best hockey team in the world". No one had even expected a playoff appearance.

Winning just one game against the expansion Golden Knights already made this the most successful season in the history of a franchise that began in 1974-75. While past editions of the Caps created their team's reputation for postseason flops in part by losing five playoff series in which they had won three of the first four games, Ovechkin's latest group promptly closed out all four of its series this year on the very first try. "Even after the [second] period, we knew we just have to push it and get the result done". "It's something I can't explain".

Jakub Vrana opened the scoring in the second period with a shorthanded goal on Marc Andre Fleury to make it 1-0 Capitals.

Washington has a 3-1 series lead and is looking for its first Stanley Cup championship.

Washington struck first, almost seven minutes into the second period, when Czech forward Jakub Vrana scored on a breakaway with a wrist shot over Fleury's left elbow.

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Ovi still wants his teammates thinking about the Golden Knights, not that silver trophy.

An exciting game from start to finish, both teams traded goals in the second period before Reilly Smith gave Vegas a 3-2 lead heading into the third.

It was a dizzying display of offence and perhaps the best period of hockey so far in this final. They turned M&T Bank Stadium red for the Capitals for their Game 4 win and changed their Twitter handle to all capital letters in favor of the #ALLCAPS social media campaign for Washington. It's been a long road to get there and it showed each time he raised the Cup over his head and showed off that big, toothless smile.

The goals kept coming - and from unlikely sources.

Nate Schmidt and David Perron also scored for Vegas in the second period, but Fleury's 29 saves included a stopped puck that dropped underneath him where Eller could sweep it home for the Cup-winning goal. Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals could break their curse with a win.

In a flawless world, the ideal ending to the storybook season of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights ends with the Stanley Cup being the main attraction during a victory parade down the famed Las Vegas Strip.

- Vegas has taken 12 penalties over the past two games, which plays right into the strong suit for the Capitals, making this a surefire way to end their season tonight.

Instead, on a night where every shot was destined for the back of the net, the Caps came back again. Oshie scored four goals in the eight-round shootout, including the game-winner for the Americans to beat Alex Ovechkin and the Russians.

Eller then scored what proved to be the championship-deciding goal.

And this time, there was no way they were going to give it up.

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