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Capitals Top 5: Ranking the best plays from the Stanley Cup run

Capitals Top 5: Ranking the best plays from the Stanley Cup run

 As the Capitals prepare for the 2018-19 season, it’s time to take one last look at the magical Stanley Cup run and the five plays that made it so special.

Today’s countdown: The top 5 plays from the Capitals Cup run

TOP 5 PLAYS FROM CAPITALS STANLEY CUP RUN 

5. Lars Eller scores in double OT in against Columbus

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Every magical moment from the playoffs would not have been possible if not for Eller’s overtime goal against Columbus. Down 0-2 in the series, the Caps were facing an 0-3 hole as Game 3 went to overtime.

An 0-3 hole would have essentially been the end of the series. They were not going to climb back into that series. But then everything changed.

Eller scored one of the ugliest goals you’ll ever see, but it was a pretty sight to Caps fans. They would not lose again in that series. It is not an exaggeration to say this was the goal that saved the season.

4. Alex Ovechkin bats puck out of the air for late Game 3-winner against Pittsburgh

Game 3 against the Penguins looked like it was headed to overtime with the score tied at 3 late in the third period until Nicklas Backstrom broke the puck out of the defensive zone.

Backstrom was joined by Ovechkin on a 2-on-1 and fed the Caps’ captain right on the doorstep of Matt Murray.

Murray made the first save, but with the puck dangling in midair, Ovechkin whacked it in for the game-winner with just 1:07 left to go to silence the Pittsburgh crowd.

3. Evgeny Kuznetsov finishes off Pittsburgh in OT

I know, No. 3 seems low for the moment Washington finally got the Pittsburgh monkey off their backs, but that’s how epic the playoff run was.

The Caps stood one goal away from finishing off the Penguins or heading back home to face a Game 7. A Pittsburgh turnover led to a rush in the other direction with Ovechkin feeding Kuznetsov for the breakaway.

Kuznetsov tucked the puck through the five-hole of Murray and the celebration was on.

2. The Save

How different could the Stanley Cup Final have been without this save from Holtby?

Down 0-1 in the series, but up by a goal late in Game 2, Holtby made the incredible stick save on Alex Tuch to preserve the lead and the win for Washington.

It’s now known as “The Save” and will go down as the greatest save in franchise history and one of the great saves all time in hockey.

1. Lars Eller’s Cup-clinching goal

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Eller scored the goal that saved the season and he scored the goal that finished it.

As the puck squeaked past goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, Eller pounced and put it in the net for what would be the Stanley Cup-clinching goal. It is the biggest goal in the history of the franchise and one that will forever cement the Tiger in Capitals history. 

Marc-Andre Fleury, Eller pounced and put it in the net for what would be the Stanley Cup-clinching goal. It is the biggest goal in the history of the franchise and one that will forever cement the Tiger in Capitals history.

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Braden Holtby, Tom Wilson make strong statements in support of Black Lives Matter protesters

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Braden Holtby, Tom Wilson make strong statements in support of Black Lives Matter protesters

As protests have taken place in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., to raise the issue of racial injustice in the U.S., Capitals goalie Braden Holtby and forward Tom Wilson have mulled how to use their platforms in order to help the cause.

On Wednesday, both veteran stars released statements voicing their support for the Black Lives Matter movement, which has been in the national spotlight since George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer in an arrest that was captured on video May 25.

Holtby, whose wife Brandi posted a message on Twitter from both of them Tuesday, encouraged protestors to continue spreading their message and ridiculed the country’s current climate for its “injustice and hatred infused power.”

Wilson vowed to donate to the East Of The River Mutual Aid Fund and the Fort Dupont Cannons, who are based in D.C. and known to be the oldest minority hockey program in the U.S. He closed out his statement by writing, “I am contributing to these funds today, but I am committing to learn, to listen and to support going forward.”

Holtby and Wilson were the latest Capitals to weigh in on the protests after defenseman John Carlson committed to being “a part of the solution” and forward Alex Ovechkin called for everyone to “respect and love each other no matter what we look like.”

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Former Capitals forward Brett Connolly offers options to take tangible action against racism

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Former Capitals forward Brett Connolly offers options to take tangible action against racism

The senseless murder of George Floyd has shed light on the racism that still exists within America. In the wake of his tragic death, there are many who want to take action but are not sure how. Brett Connolly is here to help.

The former Capitals forward tweeted out a heartfelt message on Tuesday in response to a Tweet from J.T. Brown.

Connolly then took the extra step of Tweeting out a number of ways to take tangible action against racism including organizations you can support and donate to, places you can contact and movies you can watch to learn more.

Connolly was largely a soft-spoken player in his three seasons in Washington, but he did decline an invite to the White House extended to the Capitals as Stanley Cup champions. Connolly would not go into detail on why.

Connolly left Washington as a free agent in the summer and is in his first season with the Florida Panthers.

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