How the Capitals Got That Stanley: Moment Number 1

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By 106.7 The Fan

There is no greater moment.

This is the moment that will live on in the hearts and minds of Capitals fans forever.

Down 3-2 in the third period of Game 5, Devante Smith-Pelly sparked the match that would ignite D.C. into a burning euphoria.

What no one talks about, because of DSP's great diving effort on the goal, was his forecheck into the corner, which forced a Vegas turnover and put Brooks Orpik in position to put the puck on net.

It was Smith-Pelly's third-straight scoring effort in the Stanley Cup Final and his seventh goal of the playoffs.

Minutes later, Lars Eller helped the Caps make history.

This magical ride – the "Great 8" moments of the Caps' improbable road to the Stanley Cup – began with Eller and his double-overtime game-winner in Game 3 in Columbus. It ends with Eller becoming the pride of Denmark, his country's first-ever Stanley Cup champion.

"I couldn't write it up any better," Eller said. "To me, there's 22 stars here that have all chipped in. Each one has been important and crucial to the success."

Eller added: "Devo's goal was huge. Just a couple minutes before mine. He's been big all playoffs."

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