This article is in honor of 8/19 Day.
In June, the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights faced off against each other in a historic Stanley Cup Final. The Capitals emerged triumphant, for the first time in their 44-year history. But while that win was an emotional experience for everyone tangled up in the organization, it was palpable on the faces of two of the franchise’s biggest stars.
For Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, the turbulent road to their Stanley Cup victory stretched out over a decade, and they experienced their share of playoff heartbreaks along the way.