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After 44 years, Washington Capitals win first Stanley Cup title

Jubilant fans celebrated in the streets of Washington on Thursday night, as the Capitals won their first Stanley Cup championship in the franchise’s 44-year history.

The Capitals rallied in the final period Thursday to beat the Vegas Golden Knights, 4-3, in Game 5, to win the best-of-seven series, four games to one.

Playing in front of a loud home crowd in Las Vegas, the Golden Knights took a 3-2 lead into the third period, but a sprawling shot by Devante Smith-Pelly tied it up, and a rebound goal from Lars Eller put the Caps ahead with less than 8 minutes to go.

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