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    Russian Meddling? Twitter in Uproar as Ovechkin Gets Trump Praise for Hockey Win

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    The Washington Capitals' 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights put Twitter in a playful mood, prompting many users to jokingly accuse Russia of 'meddling' to secure the hockey championship victory.

    Social media had a field day joking about "Russian interference" in Thursday's Stanley Cup final, pointing to Captain Alex Ovechkin's contribution, as well as that of the team's two other Russian players Dmitri Orlov and Evgeni Kuznetsov. 

    Some users also had some suggestions (some more serious than others) about where the Cup will be traveling now that the Capitals and their  Russian star player have won it.

    The jubilant mood was intensified after President Trump tweeted his congratulations to the Capitals for their win, and his special shout out to Ovechkin, whom he called "spectacular" and "a true Superstar!"

    Some of Trump's detractors joylessly suggested that it was a real conspiracy, with others laughing it off.

    The Capitals fought their way to the Stanley Cup against the Vegas Golden Knights in Las Vegas on Thursday, with Ovechkin becoming the first-ever Russian-born captain to win a Cup. Setting a Caps record with a league-high 15 goals, including one in the final game, Ovechkin has been awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player in the playoffs.

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