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Stanley Cup: Washington Capitals defeat Las Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 to win first title

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AFTER 43 seasons, the Washington Capitals are finally sitting on top of hockey.

Lars Eller broke a tie with 7:37 to play, and the Capitals raised the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history after a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 on Thursday night.

Devante Smith-Pelly tied it with a full-stretch goal midway through the final period of the Capitals’ fourth consecutive victory over the Golden Knights, whose incredible expansion season finally ended in the desert.

So did the Capitals’ agonizing wait for their first championship since the franchise’s debut in 1974. After so many years of postseason flops and crushing disappointment, these Capitals won their fourth consecutive closeout game with a tenacious third-period comeback.

Captain Alex Ovechkin, who scored an early power-play goal and was the playoff MVP, and his teammates are Washington’s first championship hockey team – and the city’s first champion in a major pro sport since the Redskins won the Super Bowl in early 1992.

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Mighty Ducks cast members hit ice for NHL reunion

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Quack, quack, quack!

Some of the original Mighty Ducks hit the ice to support their namesakes from Anaheim at New York’s Nassau Coliseum at the weekend.

Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson, who starred as Russ Tyler in both sequel films D2: The Mighty Ducks and D3, checked out the game on Sunday with fellow cast members Garette Ratliff Henson (Guy Germaine), Vincent LaRusso (Adam Banks) and Danny Tamberelli (Tommy Duncan), all of whom starred in the 1992 original film, and Colombe Jacobsen-Derstine (Julie “The Cat” Gaffney), who also joined the cast in the sequels.

Not that it did the visiting NHL team any good as they went down 3-0 to the Islanders.

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NHL, news: Dallas Stars CEO Jim Lites says Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn are “f***ing horse-s**t”, ice hockey

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Usually the worst thing a team CEO can say is that the coach has his full support.

But this NHL boss has delivered a simply stunning spray to his two best players, calling them “f***ing horse-s**t”.

The remarkable comment was part of a story on The Athletic and comes from Dallas Stars CEO Jim Lites.

His ice hockey side sits fourth in its seven-team division after 38 games of the regular season; a position he and team owner Tom Gaglardi are not happy with.

Lites told The Athletic that Gaglardi texts him “WTF” five times a game.

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NHL fight, Tommy Hawk Chicago Blackhawks mascot attacked, video as fan loses fight to mascot

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Not all mascots are warm and fuzzy.

The Chicago Blackhawks released a statement after a video surfaced showing the team’s mascot, Tommy Hawk, body-slamming and punching a fan who provoked him in the concourse of the United Center one night earlier.

In the video, the man appears to try to attack the mascot, who then lifts the man into the air and slams him to the ground before landing several blows while other fans watch nearby.

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“We are gathering the facts and will have no further comment at this time, pending our investigation,” the Blackhawks said in a statement published by the Chicago Sun-Times.

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