Ovechkin can finally get the respect he deserves with this win.
T.J. Oshie, Tom Wilson and Devante Smith-Pelly scored Washington's three first period goals.
Vegas scored twice in the final 7:04 of the second period to take a 3-2 lead.
But Vegas kept coming.
Why? Because this fan went out and got a tattoo celebrating the team winning the Cup this year.
The Capitals had an especially rough history leading into this spring's triumph after joining the league in 1974-75. While past editions of the Caps created their team's reputation for postseason flops in part by losing five playoff series in which they had won three of the first four games, Ovechkin's latest group promptly closed out all four of its series this year on the very first try.
Finally the Final, where Washington, which has blown more 3-1 leads than any team in National Hockey League history, took care of business in a raucous T-Mobile Arena instead of sending the series back home for a Game 6. It's not fair to blame just him, almost everybody has dried up after Game 1.
Washington has a 3-1 lead over Vegas, and with one more win, Ovechkin and the franchise will have their first title. The team scored in the third period or overtime in 20 of 24 games in the playoffs.
Jakub Vrana opened the scoring with a snipe off the rush at 7:21 before Nate Schmidt tied it up with a shot that banked off the right skate of Capitals defenceman Matt Niskanen and in. The Caps challenged for goalie interference, but were denied.
With temperatures hitting 37 C outside T-Mobile Arena, the heat was turned up before the opening faceoff as Ovechkin and Fleury exchanged not-so-friendly love taps near centre ice in warmups, but nothing really materialized out of the exchange.