Washington Capitals Make Stanley Cup History With IHLC Help

The Washington Capitals finally shook their reputation as playoff chokers, capturing the Stanley Cup over the Vegas Golden Knights with four straight wins in five games to win their first championship in team history.

The Capitals held on for a nail-biting Game Five victory in Las Vegas, with third period goals from Devante Smith-Pelly and Lars Eller silencing the T-Mobile Arena crowd with a late comeback. And despite Marc-Andrรฉ Fleury being pulled with over two minutes to go, and Washington failing to seal the win with an empty netter, Braden Holtby held the fort and ensured that the Capitals would hold on for the 4-3 win and their first ever Cup in franchise history.

This final was historic for a number of reasons, and that’s not just accounting for Vegas’ remarkable deep run to the Finals, or the fact that the Stanley Cup was awarded in the American southwest in 100+ degree weather. As a team, the Capitals became the first team to win each round after trailing in each series, and to win each series on the road.

The win also sees the first Russian to captain a team to the Cup (Alexander Ovechkin), the first ever Danish (Eller) and Australian (Nathan Walker) players to hoist the Cup, while goaltender Philipp Grubauer becomes just the fourth German to win the Cup. Coach Barry Trotz wins his first Cup after nearly two decades as a head coach, while Jay Beagle becomes the first player to be an ECHL, AHL and NHL champion.

The Capitals boast fifteenย players and one staff member from five countries that have held the International Hockey Lineal Championship, including captain and Conn Smythe winner Ovechkin, playoff scoring leader Yevgeni Kuznetsov, and backstop Braden Holtby.

Our congratulations go out to the players, management and fans of the Washington Capitals, with those on the roster that have also held the IHLC highlighted in bold:

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Nicklas Bรคckstrรถm, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Jay Beagle, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Madison Bowey, defence
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Andrรฉ Burakovsky, forward
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ John Carlson, defence
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Alex Chiasson, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brett Connolly, forward
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Christian Djoos, defence
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Lars Eller, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Blaine Forsythe, assistant coach
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Philipp Grubauer, goaltender
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Braden Holtby, goaltender
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Jakub Jeล™รกbek, defence
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Michal Kempnรฝ, defence
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Yevgeni Kuznetsov, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Lane Lambert, assistant coach
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brian MacLellan, general manager
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ross Mahoney, assistant GM
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Matt Niskanen, defence
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Dmitri Orlov, defence
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Brooks Orpik, forward
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ T.J. Oshie, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Alexander Ovechkin, forward
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Todd Rierden, assistant coach
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Devante Smith-Pelly, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Chandler Stephenson, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Barry Trotz, head coach
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Jakub Vrรกna, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Tom Wilson, forward

Photo Credit: NHLย โ€“ IIHF โ€“ HHOF โ€“ IOC



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