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Capitals end 44 year championship drought

June 11, 2018 - 3:08 pm

For the first time since 1922, the D.C. area is home to a championship team. 


The Washington Capitals defeated the Las Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in game five of the Stanley Cup. The victory required two unanswered goals in the third period. 


Alex Ovechkin’s rugged appearance tells a story. In recent years, the hair under the helmet has become more silver than brown. The silver almost represents the wearing down of constant defeat in the playoffs. The moment Ovechkin held up Lord Stanley’s Cup was made from the culmination of 13 years of struggle that he faced prior. The spit shined silver of the cup matched the silver under Ovechkin’s white helmet. 


For the area of D.C., it was the first moment of victory in 44 years. 


For the greater part of the last decade, he has remained a fan favorite. Children all over the world have emulated his moves, hoping to capture the same magic that he has brought to the ice. His greatness isn’t questioned by anyone who knows the sport. Hockey is such a team game, no one discredited his work for not being able to hold the elusive trophy above his head. 


The traditions in hockey rival any other professional sport. The hoisting of the Stanley Cup is as beautiful a moment in team sports as any. It was only fitting for Ovechkin to be the first to do the honors. 


An underappreciated aspect of last night was the brief moment between Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. The pair entered the league together, struggled together, and overcame those struggles together. After Ovechkin had his turn with the cup, it was Backstrom who he handed it off to next. 


For casual hockey fans, this series was a win-win. It would have been nice for the city of Las Vegas to capture that title. It was a city that rallied behind the team during a time of despair. It is a shame that the series ended so quickly. 


The Capitals should enjoy this offseason. They deserve to do so.