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Thom Loverro

Thom Loverro has been a professional journalist since 1977, working for a number of newspapers, including eight years as a news editor and reporter for The Baltimore Sun, where he covered government, politics, and crime. He moved into sports writing when he joined The Washington Times in 1992. He moved to The Washington Examiner as a sports columnist in 2009 and returned to The Washington Times in 2013, where he is currently the lead sports columnist.

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Washington Capitals team owner Ted Leonsis hoists the Stanley Cup after after the Capitals defeated the Golden Knights 4-3 in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

LOVERRO: The night the Capitals won the Cup

Washington sports fans, make room for June 7, 2018 -- the night the Washington Capitals won their first Stanley Cup and brought the first championship to the city in 26 years. Published June 7, 2018

Football Commissioner Pete Rozelle, right, pays a call on Baseball Commissioner William D. Eckert at the latter's office on July 27, 1966 in New York. It was the first formal meeting of the two commissioners. (Associated Press)

LOVERRO: Sports, politics conflicted 50 years ago with mourning of RFK's death

Anything that is going to have the powerful symbolism of sports is also going to generate enough passion to divide as well, in death as well as life. That was the case 50 years ago, as Major League Baseball tried to cope with the proper way to mourn the death of New York Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy on June 6, 1968. Published June 7, 2018

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby pauses during the third period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights, Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

LOVERRO: Vegas can have the glitz, Capitals want the Cup

Sting was there, so was Wonder Woman and even Joe Gibbs. Turns out the Capitals didn't need superstars or superheroines or the most beloved coach the city has known. They had Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Braden Holtby. Published June 3, 2018

FILE - In this May 15, 2013, file photo, Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee talks with reporters at the Kettler Iceplex in Arlington, Va. A person with direct knowledge of the decision says McPhee has been hired as general manager of the NHL's expansion Las Vegas franchise. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because owner Bill Foley's announcement was set for Wednesday afternoon, July 13, 2016. McPhee most recently served as special advisor to New York Islanders GM Garth Snow. Before that he spent 16 seasons as GM of the Washington Capitals.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, FIle) **FILE**

George McPhee has his fingerprints all over this Stanley Cup Final

McPhee, who was the general manager in Washington from 1997 until he was fired in April 2014, is responsible for more than half of the Capitals roster that won just its second Eastern Conference championship and it playing in just their second Stanley Cup Final. Published May 27, 2018

Washington Capitals right wing Devante Smith-Pelly (25) celebrates his goal past Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88), from Russia, during the third period of Game 6 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals hockey playoff series, Monday, May 21, 2018, in Washington. The Capitals won 3-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Capitals need someone in Game 7 to take legendary 'one giant leap'

Now the Capitals need someone to be Buzz Aldrin -- the second man to take that legendary "one giant leap." The Capitals need someone to write a new name into the history books Wednesday night and lead the team past the tenacious Tampa Bay Lightning and into a showdown with the fairy tale Vegas Golden Knights. Published May 22, 2018

A shot from Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette gets past Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby for a first-period goal during Game 5 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference finals Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

LOVERRO: Braden Holtby holds key to Capitals' fate

The Capitals can dominate, but are not dominant in the most important moments. The Capitals can play well, but they cannot sustain success. The Capitals are capable of winning, but seem far more comfortable folding. The answer? It's been the same since this round of the playoffs started -- Braden Holtby. Published May 20, 2018