This moment, I'll remember for the rest of my life. We have a lot of work to do. Then came the years with playoff misery. Finally we did. We knew this year is going to be our year.
Which isn't to say the feat is impossible - every championship team has brutal hurdles to clear.
Washington jumped out to a 2-0 series lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final before dropping the next three contests.
Heading into the season, the Golden Knights were listed as 500/1 long shots to win the Stanley Cup, and as a result, sportsbooks across the city were due to take quite a hit had they pulled off the win. No one could have predicted reaching the final.
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"Congratulations to the Washington Capitals on their GREAT play and winning the Stanley Cup Championship", Trump wrote on Twitter.
According to TMZ Sports, team management footed the bill for the entire team, which ended up being $100,000 worth of champagne, beer and liquor poured into the top of the Stanley Cup.
Ovechkin is the first Russian captain to win the Stanley Cup and just the third from outside North America, joining Nicklas Lidstrom (Vasteras, Sweden) in 2008 and Zdeno Chara (Trencin, Slovakia) in 2011 with the Bruins. "We thank everyone who jumped online to get tickets, and we hope that everyone who wasn't able to get a ticket to the indoor viewing party still comes down to the Arena on Thursday night to watch the game together outside on the jumbotron at 8th and G streets". He reached the 40-goal mark for the ninth time, capturing his seventh Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy. William Hill director of trading Nick Bogdanovich told ESPN's Ben Fawkes, "The estimates I heard around town of $5 [million] or $6 million sounded about right", adding that it was the biggest liability he'd seen since William Hill U.S. was formed.