Capitals Advance to Stanley Cup Final

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Capitals Advance to Stanley Cup Final

Ben Hall, Staff

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On Wednesday night, the Washington Capitals defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoff Eastern Conference Final. This win sends them to the Stanley Cup Finals against the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

The Capitals got things started early. One minute into the game Alex Ovechkin gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead.

But that was the only scoring play in the first period. But things got hostile later in the period.

With 7 minutes left in the period, Evgeny Kutznetsov slid into Andrei Vasilevskiy and the Lightning players went after Kuznetsov. After Kutznetsov’s jersey was ripped off, Tom Wilson went after Braydon Coburn of the Lightning. Both Wilson and Coburn were given 2-minute penalties for Unsportsmanlike Conduct.

As soon as the penalty ended and both players left the box they started fighting. Both players were then given five-minute penalties and out for the rest of the period.

The Lightning started off the second period putting a lot of pressure on the Capitals. But the Lightning could not get a goal past Braden Holtby.

The Capitals on the other hand struggled to control the puck. But Andre Burakovsky got a steal in the offensive zone and scored 11 minutes left in the period giving the Capitals a 2-0 lead.

That was not the only goal Burakovsky would score in the second period. Burakovsky scored on a breakaway goal with 3:29 left in the period giving the Capitals a 3-0 lead.

After this goal, there was not any scoring until late in the third period.

But with 16:37 left in the game, Matt Nskanen was given a slashing penalty giving the Lightning a needed power play. But the Capitals killed that power play and were efficient on defense the rest of the game.

The only goal scored in the third period came by Nicklas Backstrom on an empty net with 3:43 left in the game. This goal was the finishing touch.

The Capitals won the game 4-0. Their goalie played a lockdown game for them. Braden Holtby had 29 saves and his second shutout this postseason.

Next for the Capitals is the Stanley Cup. This is the first time the Capitals have been in the Stanley Cup since the 1997-98 season where they lost to the Detroit Redwings.

This could be the first ever Stanley Cup win for the Capitals ever.