Both the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights had incredible and potentially history-making stories pushing them toward the Stanley Cup.
The Caps returned to the Stanley Cup Final for only the second time in the team’s 44-year existence, while the Knights were trying to accomplish something no NHL expansion team ever has.
Washington ultimately came out on top – it won the series last week in Las Vegas, 4-1 – and the team tipped its hat to the Knights, who powered through the Western Conference and defied everyone’s expectations for a brand new team. So on the same day at the Caps’ championship parade, the team also took out a full-page ad in the Las Vegas Review-Journal to congratulate the Knights on their stellar season.
With a photo of Washington goalie Braden Holtby shaking the hand of his Vegas counterpart, Marc-Andre Fleury – who beat the Caps multiple times over the years with the Pittsburgh Penguins – the ad read:
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS
On the most successful inaugural season in the history of professional sports.
World class ownership, front office, coaching staff, and people.
A magnificent team of talented, hard-working players and stars.
A fantastic venue filled with passionate, loud and proud fans.
It was an honor to compete against you in the Stanley Cup Final.
You are truly VEGAS STRONG.
That’s a classy move from the Capitals.