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‘It’s not a desert mirage’: Washington Capitals celebrate first Stanley Cup victory

At the final horn of Thursday's game in Las Vegas, the Washington Capitals grabbed their first Stanley Cup title since the franchise began playing in 1974. The NewsHour’s Morgan Till reports on what the win means for a team that's had more than its share of crushing playoff losses.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    The Washington Capitals finally won hockey's Stanley Cup.

    And, as "NewsHour" senior foreign affairs producer and hockey fanatic Morgan Till reports, it was a long time coming.

  • Morgan Till:

    More than 40 years of hockey futility evaporated in the Nevada desert last night.

  • Man:

    The Capitals have won it! The capital of the country is the capital of the hockey playoffs!

  • Morgan Till:

    At the final horn, the Washington Capitals grabbed their first Stanley Cup title since the franchise began playing in 1974. They beat the Las Vegas Golden Knights four games to one in the best-of-seven series, ending that expansion team's surprising inaugural season.

    For Capitals' captain Alex Ovechkin, hoisting the storied cup puts the capstone on a dazzling career.

    He was nearly overcome with emotion.

  • Alex Ovechkin:

    This is right now going home to our families, our fans. And, you know, it's just something special.

  • Morgan Till:

    Post-game, what happened in Vegas played all over social media, as Ovechkin and team marched into a Sin City club early this morning, the well-traveled Cup held high.

    Back in Washington, fans packed the home arena, outside, pandemonium.

  • Woman:

    We waited so long, so many seasons.

  • Morgan Till:

    Thousands flooded downtown streets.

  • Crowd:

    Caps, Caps, Caps!

  • Morgan Till:

    Spirits were high.

    The team's radio announcer, John Walton, spoke for a club and a fan base that's endured decades of playoff heartbreak.

  • John Walton:

    It's not a dream! It's not a desert mirage! It's Lord Stanley, and he is coming to Washington!

  • Morgan Till:

    Next up, a victory parade for a city that had not won a major pro sports championship since 1992. That drought now is over.

    For the "PBS NewsHour," I'm Morgan Till.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Thank you, MORGAN.

    We have some hockey fans here at the "NewsHour."

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