Washington became the second team in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup after trailing in every round of the playoffs, joining the 1990-91 Pittsburgh Penguins, the Post reported. The Capitals also became the fifth team in league history to win 10 road games during the playoffs.
The Capitals debuted in the NHL in 1974-75 and won just eight games that season. Ovechkin, drafted No. 1 in the 2004 NHL draft by Washington, had been frustrated by nine postseason appearances that ended short of the conference final. That ended this season, as the Capitals eliminated Columbus, defending champion Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay to reach the championship round. After losing Game 1 to the expansion Golden Knights, Washington won the next four games to take home Lord Stanley’s Cup.
"At the beginning of the year, we said we weren't going to be second," Ovechkin said.
His prediction came true Thursday night.