Lars Eller scores the eventual game-winning goal with less than eight minutes remaining in the Stanley Cup clincher. John McDonnell/The Washington Post

The Capitals’ celebration is on, and it’s on the Vegas Golden Knights’ home ice after winning Game 5. Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post

Teammates on the Capitals since 2007, Alex Ovechkin gets ready to pass the Stanley Cup off to Nicklas Backstrom. Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post

At last, the Caps can put up a finger and stake claim to being No. 1. Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post

A Capitals fan surfs the crowd above the the thousands that gathered in the streets outside Capital One Arena in D.C. to watch on TV as their team played in Las Vegas. Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post

Capitals owner Ted Leonsis savors his moment to raise the Cup. John McDonnell/The Washington Post

Two Golden Knights fans stand among many celebrating Caps fans at Capital One Arena after the final goal in the third period of Washington’s 6-2 win in Game 4. John McDonnell/The Washington Post

Capitals fans rock the red before Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals. Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post

Unlikely playoff hero Devante Smith-Pelly celebrates his insurance goal in the Capitals’ 3-1 win in Game 3. Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post

Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby makes a highlight save against Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch with two minutes left in Game 2. Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post

A knockout followed by a knockout: Tom Wilson clobbered Braydon Coburn in the first period of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post

The Capitals dressed for success before Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals May 11, their first appearance in that series in 20 years. Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post

The puck didn’t go the Capitals’ way when they returned to the District for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post

It only felt at times as if Capitals goalie Braden Holtby was alone in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. John McDonnell/The Washington Post

Evgeny Kuznetsov and the Capitals outplayed Brayden Point and the Lightning in Game 5, but a bad start, including a goal 19 seconds in, was too much to overcome in a 3-2 loss. Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post

There was nothing empty about T.J. Oshie’s celebration in Game 5 of the second round. John McDonnell/The Washington Post

A healthy scratch earlier in the postseason, Jakub Vrana scored the game-winning goal for the Capitals in Game 5 of the second-round series. Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post

Thirty-three seconds after John Carlson tied the game, Brett Connolly put the Capitals in front in the first period of Game 5 against the Penguins. John McDonnell/The Washington Post

Not to pile on or anything, but Evgeny Kuznetsov was sprung on a breakaway by Alex Ovechkin and scored the series-winner 5:27 into overtime for a 2-1 win as the Capitals eliminated the Penguins in six games. Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post

Alex Ovechkin scored his second goal of the second period — and fifth in six games — as the Capitals won their fourth straight game in the first round. Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post

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