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Ovechkin's ceremonial 1st pitch was anything but Cup-worthy

Alex Ovechkin’s first attempt at a ceremonial first pitch was so bad he asked for — and got — a mulligan. “Too excited, too strong,” Ovechkin said after sailing his first throw over Max Scherzer’s head at Nationals Park. “I try to do my best.” The Washington Capitals celebrated their Stanley Cup win by throwing out the ceremonial first, and ...

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Trump issues tentative White House invitation to hometown Capitals

President Donald Trump said Friday he expects to welcome the hometown Washington Capitals hockey team to the White House for winning the Stanley Cup. But he adds: “If they don’t want to be here, I don’t want them.” Trump congratulated the Capitals on his Twitter feed after the team won the NHL title with a 4-3 victory over the Vegas ...

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'Humboldt deserves this': Chandler Stephenson bringing Stanley Cup to Humboldt

Ever since victory was in striking distance for the Washington Capitals, Chandler Stephenson has had one wish: to bring the Stanley Cup to Humboldt, Sask. Now, after a 4-3 win over the Vegas Golden Knights, it appears Stephenson will get his chance. “I knew a couple of guys on the bus,” he told reporters after Thursday’s game. “It’s one of ...

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Golden Knights' inaugural season 'still a great story' despite falling short of Cup

While the Washington Capitals celebrated their first Stanley Cup title amid strewn sticks and gloves Thursday night, the T-Mobile Arena fans rose and gave one more stirring ovation to the bowed, kneeling figures in grey sweaters on the other end of the ice. The Vegas Golden Knights didn’t win the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season. Just being there was a ...

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NHL Playoffs 2018 Bracket: Capitals beat Golden Knights 4-1 in Stanley Cup Final

Say it out loud: The Washington Capitals are Stanley Cup champions  The Capitals brought the Vegas Golden Knights’ historic inaugural season to an end on Thursday night in Las Vegas, taking the Stanley Cup Final in five games. For Washington, it’s their first championship in franchise history — a title 44 years in the making. After 13 years, Alex Ovechkin finally ...

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Ovechkin evolved his game, and now is reaping the rewards

It sure looked as if Alex Ovechkin was slowing down, at least by his standards. This time a year ago, Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals were limping away from another early playoff exit. His 16 even-strength goals in the regular season tied for the lowest of his career. Injuries limited him to five goals in 13 playoff games. Then a funny thing happened. Coach ...

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