Hawley's dedication to the team led him and his wife to follow the Golden Knights to Washington, where they watched Game 3 at a restaurant and attended Game 4 at Capital One Arena.
Danish forward Lars Eller scored the winning goal with just under eight minutes left in regulation when he slammed home a puck sitting at the top of the Vegas crease after it had trickled through goalie Marc-Andre Fleury's legs. An expansion team, the Golden Knights didn't exist 14 months ago.
Alex Ovechkin is the second Russian-born player in National Hockey League history to earn the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the most valuable player to his team in the playoffs.
After a scoreless first period in Game 5, things got wild as both teams traded goals and lead changes in a second period where every shot seemed to find the back of the net. Fleury made 29 saves. "They were a good hockey team, they deserve the Stanley Cup".
After Vegas won the final opener, the Capitals capped their four-game surge by rallying from a third-period deficit in this cathartic Game 5, banishing any memory of playoff failure with clutch goals and rugged play across their lineup.
The goals kept coming - and from unlikely sources.
The Capitals went to the power play later in the period, but Fleury was there to stone Ovechkin on a one-timer before Smith Pelly evened things.
Thursday night is an opportunity for the Washington Capitals to do something that no professional D.C. sports team has done in a very long time.
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"When your captain is doing everything it takes, guys follow the leader".
- The Golden Knights have lost three games in a row for the first time since February 26th - March 2nd.
The Capitals are 16-5 in their last 21 road games, 1-5 in their last 6 Thursday games and 27-11 in their last 38 overall. He edged out linemate Evgeny Kuznetsov, who led the playoffs with 32 points. He scored in Game 4, too, also collecting the puck off a skate before his shot.
One city had been waiting 48 years for this. Vegas is 7-3 in its last 10 home games as moneyline favorite of -135 to -200, according to the OddsShark NHL Database. The day your first child was born, or maybe the day they finally moved out of the house.
The ice may have been a factor - temperatures in Las Vegas hit 97 degrees, and the buidling was warmer than usual at faceoff. Washington has a shockingly lengthy franchise history of playoff collapses, but these Caps promptly won all three potential closeout games in their first three playoff series this spring. It was a whole one team, stick with the system and it doesn't matter what happened, even after the [second] period, we knew we just have to push it and get the result done.