Washington Capitals can clinch Stanley Cup in Gm 5 in Vegas

TJ Oshie smiles while on a metro car headed to the Capital One Arena according to Caps fan Dana Ziegler

The Vegas Golden Knights made the furthest run a modern-era expansion team has had in any of the four major American sports leagues, but the remarkable story of their debut season ended a few wins short of the Stanley Cup.

The Golden Knights trail the Capitals 3-1, with Game 5 on Thursday in Las Vegas.

Just shy of the halfway point in the third period, Caps winger Devante Smith-Pelly scored his seventh goal of the playoffs to tie the game at three goals apiece, and it was assisted by Brooks Orpik.

Andre Burakovsky gathered a loose puck behind the net and found Brett Connolly, who fired a shot at Marc-Andre Fleury. Discounts are limited to one person, per game by entering the codes GOVGKGAME5 on Thursday, GOVGKGAME6 on Sunday and GOVGKGAME 7 next Wednesday. The team scored in the third period or overtime in 20 of 24 games in the playoffs. The Caps were tied for the fifth-longest active Cup drought with Philadelphia, which won it in 1974.

Both teams came out aggressive in Game 5, but remained scoreless in the first period.

Ovechkin's 15th goal of the post-season gave him the outright lead, and set a new Capitals record for a single playoffs, one more than John Druce's 14 from 1990.

Braden Holtby was once again solid in the Washington net, turning aside 28 of the 31 shots he faced and posting a save percentage above.900 for the forth time this series.

The Capitals have not won a Stanley Cup in their history, and their only other appearance in the championship round was in 1998, when the team was swept by the Red Wings to close the season.

If Vegas wins and avoids elimination, the Capitals will host Game 6 on Sunday.

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