When the Washington Capitals entered the NHL in 1974-75, they put together one of the all-time worst seasons with an 8-67-5 record. It took them 23 years to reach their first Stanley Cup Final, which they were swept in by Detroit, and another 20 years to get a return trip.
This time, magic happened.
Led by Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Braden Holtby and with key, clutch performances from their depth players, the Washington Capitals overcame plenty of pre-season skepticism to win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
With a 4-3 win over the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, Washington accomplished the feat in Game 5. Here’s how the hockey world reacted on Twitter.
— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) June 8, 2018