Sports Backstrom: 'Finally, we started playing hockey like we can party'

22:07  12 june  2018
22:07  12 june  2018 Source:

Capitals down Knights to grab 3-1 Cup lead

  Capitals down Knights to grab 3-1 Cup lead T.J. Oshie, Tom Wilson and Devante Smith-Pelly scored in the final 10 minutes of the first period after Vegas hit two early posts as the Washington Capitals defeated the expansion Golden Knights 6-2 on Monday to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup final.John Carlson, Michal Kempny and Brett Connolly had the other goals for Washington. Braden Holtby made 28 saves for the Capitals, who can wrap up their first title when the series shifts to Vegas for Game 5 on Thursday.Evgeny Kuznetsov, the NHL's leading scorer in the playoffs with 31 points, added four assists.

Swede Backstrom misses ice hockey final after testing positive for banned substance. Backstrom was listed in the team lineups distributed before the game, and forward Daniel Alfredsson said the team was told he wouldn't play just before it started .

Hockey decisions, their individual Cup days and change lie ahead. This weekend is for celebrating. “I think no one still can believe like we did and we are right now Stanley Cup champions. Players aren’t doing much in the way of recalling moments during their run, but Backstrom said immediately

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Nicklas Backstrom and the Washington Capitals found the secret formula to winning the Stanley Cup, and apparently, it was in their back pockets the entire time.

"Finally, we started playing hockey like we can party," Backstrom said at the Capitals' Stanley Cup parade Tuesday, according to Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press. "So that's a good thing."

If this past week has been any indication, the Capitals' partying ability has reached elite status, much like their play on the ice throughout the postseason. They've been partying like nobody is watching, even though D.C. has had a front-row seat for the glorious show.

Related: Best moments from the Capitals' Stanley Cup parade

The only question is, why didn't the Caps figure out this winning recipe earlier? They could've been a dynasty by now.

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'Summer of Ovechkin' to include more celebrations, fatherhood .
Alex Ovechkin has already done a "keg stand" with the Stanley Cup, performed shirtless pushups in a fountain full of teammates and lifted hockey's prestigious trophy so often in joy that it could be considered upper-body training. "That's my summer workout," said Ovechkin, with a smile. The Summer of Ovi is just beginning. Over the next few months, Ovechkin will return home to Moscow and have his day with the Cup, celebrate Russia hosting the World Cup and become a father when wife Nastya gives birth to their first child.

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