Stanley Cup Final Odds: Latest Spread and Best Bets For Game 5

Tyler Owen
June 8, 2018

Washington Capitals fans have been rocking the red in abundance during the Stanley Cup Finals, particularly in Montgomery County.

Alexander Ovechkin, who scored 15 goals and had 27 points in 24 postseason games, won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

While Cherry earlier in the interview said he was "in Ovi's corner", his criticism of Kuznetsov echoed similar sentiments Cherry shared about his countryman and teammate, Ovechkin, for celebrating after reaching the 50-goal mark during the 2009 season.

This time, the other 30 teams were only allowed to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, or eight skaters and one goalie. Former Florida Panther Jonathan Marchessault has also posted the best numbers of his National Hockey League career, with 75 points in the regular season (27 goals, 48 assists) and 20 in just 19 playoff games. Ovechkin scored 49 goals.

The Capitals may have spoiled the narrative of the expansion team come good - but that's not to say that we shouldn't be applauding the Capitals for their success after their 4-1 series victory, sealed with a thrilling 4-3 win in Vegas.

Washington entered the third period in Las Vegas down 3-2, but a pair unanswered goals in the final period sealed the Cup. Washington ended up winning 4-3 on a late third-period goal by Lars Eller.

The Capitals run has created a buzz in the nation's capital, whose four major professional sports teams hadn't won a title since the Washington Redskins won the Super Bowl 26 years ago.

Roland Garros: Simona Halep overcomes Angelique Kerber
The Romanian broke at the start of the second set and then held for 6-3 as Kerber dropped her serve again in the ninth game. Halep managed to win despite 46 unforced errors and being broken four times. "It's tough against her". "My head won it".

But not long after that moment, the obvious questions came: Will Trotz, whose contract expires July 1, be back next season? "It was a big play in the game, but the credit really goes to our guys because we didn't get complacent".

It's all just so hard to figure, that this was the year that the Capitals would break through.

Neither team was even supposed to have advanced this far. So many years, they had dominant teams, President's Trophy teams, teams holding a 20 at the blackjack table, only to see the house win by pulling the trump card at the last second. Only Evgeni Malkin had more with 36 in 2009.

Braden Holtby made 28 saves in Game 5, outplaying three-time Stanley Cup champion Marc-Andre Fleury in the other net one final time. He follows Pittsburgh's Malkin (2009), Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg (2008) and Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom (2002). "Nobody is gonna talk about it". But he truly deserves it.

One city had been waiting 48 years for this. His goals accounted for 19.1 percent of the Capitals' scoring this season.

"I think there were a lot of series where maybe Washington got eliminated, but [Ovechkin] had a great series". "For me personally, I don't try to think about it too much what's going on and just try focusing on different things". He started the opportunity on a strong forecheck that created a turnover in the right corner, then wheeled to the front of the net and - as he was falling down - wrapped a deflected puck around an outstretched Fleury. He's a very unique captain.

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