Capitals Are Going To The Stanley Cup Finals!!!

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin skates in Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Lightning on May 21.
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The juicy matchup will see either Vegas secure a Stanley Cup championship in it's first year of existence, or Ovechkin finally get that ring he's been chasing his whole career. Ovechkin has been leading in many ways even when he hasn't been showing up on the scoresheet. Facing elimination for the first time in this postseason, the Capitals held home ice and then some, getting 24 saves from Braden Holtby in a 3-0 win in Game 6.

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said the feeling usually sinks in the day after a team is eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs. "Tomorrow is the biggest probably game in my life". We still haven't reached our goal.

Not if the Lightning have their way.

Barry Svrluga, Washington Post: "Take the available information on the Washington Capitals - the way they perform when they lead in a playoff series, how they execute in seventh and deciding games, all the synonyms for "choking" that exist - and toss it in the trash".

The Golden Knights opened as minus-135 favorites (wager $135 to win $100), while the Capitals are plus-115 underdogs, according to OddsShark.

"Experience is always a good thing, but it's nothing I'm going to sit and lean on", said Tampa Bay defenceman Anton Stralman, who is 7-1 in Game 7s during his career. "It's about doing your job at the highest level you possibly can". Vegas defeated the Los Angeles Kings (four games) in the first round and the San Jose Sharks (six games) in the second round.

Washington won Games 1 and 2 in Tampa, then dropped the next two at home.

On paper, the Tampa Bay Lightning looked superior to the Washington Capitals. Now it really comes down to a little bit of will. Lightning coach Jon Cooper hasn't had to make as many changes to his contingent, but it bears mentioning that all but two of his players (Ryan Callahan and Alex Killorn) have a plus/minus of zero or lower.

"It's going to be a tall task, but I have confidence and faith in this group and what we're capable of". "Aside from that, it's just good for you guys". It will be a phenomenal experience. You just have to remember, don't let the game get bigger than it really is.

This will be Washington's 11th Game 7 since the start of the 2008 playoffs, most among all National Hockey League teams in that span. He had never hoisted the Stanley Cup.

After a 3-0 win Monday night, Washington shutout the Lightning again, winning 4-0 at Amalie Arena to advance.

Alex Ovechkin fires a shot on goal during Game 6.

"The other thing is, we have not shot the puck near enough and when we have we either miss or they're blocked. It has a spirit about it, a strong spirit", he said. "What an opportunity going into Tampa". "Everybody that gets a chance to be in a Game 7, which will allow you to go to the finals. It's exciting, it's fun".



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