Walker, who is also the first Australian to play in the National Hockey League period, lifted Lord Stanley today as part of the victorious Washington Capitals side, who closed out the Stanley Cup finals today, completing a 4-1 rout of the fairytale Vegas Golden Knights to secure the franchise's first-ever Cup victory.
The Capitals had previously blown 3-1 leads in a playoff series five times - the most of any club - and had never picked up a victory in the final before Game 2 against Vegas. They entered the series with Washington having lost only three games all postseason, backed by players mostly in their mid-20s, save for Marc-Andre Fleury, the former Penguins Stanley-Cup winning goaltender.
The Washington Capitals are Stanley Cup champions for the first time.
"I think the history of the organization is definitely an important thing, but we're focused on this group", Washington's Tom Wilson said. If you're not a victim, you get up, you dust yourself off and say, 'Screw this. We fight through it.
The city of Las Vegas is considering still throwing a parade for their Golden Knights.
The Caps couldn't win a title without a little weirdness, however: The game clock stopped working on the T-Mobile Arena scoreboards during the final minutes, and the Capitals angrily protested while they played on.
Capitals fans converged Tuesday at Bar Louie in Rockville for Game 4 and saw their team beat the Vegas Golden Knights, 6-2.
After blowing leads of 1-0 and 2-1, Devante Smith-Pelly scored the tying goal for the Caps and Lars Eller netted the game-winning marker with 7:37 remaining in one of the wildest Cup clinchers in recent memory. T.J. Oshie cashed in with a power play goal 32 seconds later and Washington was off to the races. One fan held up a sign reading, "Now I Can Die In Peace" - which was made famous in hockey when the New York Rangers won in 1994. "He has really brought a lot of players along, and they've played better than they've played anywhere else".
Not least because Australian Nathan Walker suits up for the Capitals - although the Sydney-raised 24-year-old did not take to the ice in the Stanley Cup, managing just one game this post-season after playing nine games in the regular season.
So did the Capitals' agonizing wait for their first championship since the franchise's debut in 1974. Ten of Ovechkin's goals came on the road. He gave up six goals in Game 4 of this series. When the horn finally sounds, Ovechkin hopped off the bench in glee, joining his teammates in a huge pile of thrown sticks and helmets by the end boards. And then he raised the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the Stanley Cup Final.
That time had to wait for one of the more freaky sequences of the season, as the in-arena clock stopped working with 1:43 left, the in-arena clock stopped working. "We knew we could do something special and we did".
Moments later, the Knights struggled to keep up with the Caps' puck movement and Brett Connolly open for a shot.