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#CapsKnights Postgame Notebook: Simply The Best

Some notes and brief ruminations on the Caps' playoff journey of the last two months, which culminated in the first Stanley Cup title in franchise history

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / WashingtonCaps.com

Alex Ovechkin was deservedly named the recipient of the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded annually to the league's playoff MVP. That award also could have gone to Kuznetsov or to Braden Holtby. Niskanen, Oshie, Backstrom, John Carlson, Dmitry Orlov and Tom Wilson were also consistently excellent or better throughout the 24-game run, accounting for all of Washington's high-minute players.

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#CapsKnights Skate Shavings: The Short Strokes

Caps are on a mission to win the last NHL game played this season, taking same approach they've used in their previous 105 games, more

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / WashingtonCaps.com

A National Hockey League season is an endurance test, a marathon. Over the span of six months, 31 teams play 82 games each to determine which 16 of them will get the opportunity to play beyond those 82, and to compete for perhaps the most coveted and certainly the most difficult and storied championship trophy in all North American professional sports - The Stanley Cup.

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Caps Take Aim at Cup in Game 5 in Vegas

Thursday's Game 5 of the Cup Final series is the 3,701st game in franchise history, and the first with which Washington can deliver a Cup title with a victory

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / WashingtonCaps.com

June 7 vs. Vegas Golden Knights at Capital One Arena

Time: 8:00 p.m. 

TV: NBC

Radio: Capitals Radio 24/7 and FAN 106.7 

Game 5, Stanley Cup Final series. Capitals lead, 3-1.

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#CapsKnights Postgame Notebook: Twenty Years After

Caps are a win away from Cup title, Caps centers outplaying Knights counterparts, Caps power play dominant, Fleury dented for three or more again, more

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / WashingtonCaps.com

Twenty years to the night that Joé Juneau's overtime goal sent the Caps to their first Stanley Cup Final berth in franchise history, the 2017-18 Capitals have done that '97-98 bunch three wins better.

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Heaven's Just A Win Away

Caps open up six-pack attack on Vegas, getting goals from six different skaters in 6-2 Game 4 victory that moves them within game of first Cup title

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / WashingtonCaps.com

Twice previously in the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs the Capitals had a chance to put their opponent into a 1-3 hole in the series, and twice they were unable to do so. But in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights, the Caps opened up a six-pack attack on the Knights and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, rolling to a 6-2 victory and taking that elusive and commanding 3-1 series lead to move within a win of achieving their dream.

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Caps Aim for Third Straight Home Win in Monday's Game 4

Knights look to get even while the Caps seek to take control in Monday's Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final series in the District

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / WashingtonCaps.com

June 4 vs. Vegas Golden Knights at Capital One Arena

Time: 8:00 p.m.

TV: NBC

Radio: Capitals Radio 24/7 and FAN 106.7

Game 4, Stanley Cup Final series. Capitals lead, 2-1.

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#CapsKnights Postgame Notebook: Bring It On Home

Caps deliver first home ice win in a Cup Final series in franchise history, Ovechkin ties franchise playoff goal mark, Smith-Pelly scores another big goal, more

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / WashingtonCaps.com

For the first time in nearly two weeks, the Washington Capitals played a home game on Saturday night at Capital One Arena. For the first time in the franchise's 44-year history in the NHL, the Caps won a Stanley Cup Final game on home ice, beating the Vegas Golden Knights 3-1 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. 

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Caps Confound Knights, 3-1

Washington earns its first-ever home ice victory in a Stanley Cup Final series in Game 3, taking a 2-1 series lead over the Golden Knights

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / WashingtonCaps.com

Caps fans have been waiting for more than four decades for a home ice victory in a Stanley Cup Final series, but they're waiting no more. Washington turned in a gritty and stifling effort in Saturday's Game 3 of the final against the Vegas Golden Knights at Capital One Arena, sending a pumped up crowd home happy after a meaningful 3-1 victory.

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#CapsKnights Skate Shavings: Final-ly

Caps host SCF game in a much different District and much different hockey environment, Kuznetsov seems likely to play, getting familiar with Vegas, more

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / WashingtonCaps.com

It's a couple of weeks shy of two decades since the Washington Capitals played hockey in the District in June, and it's only happened once before in the team's 44-year history in the NHL. But it's happening on Saturday night in D.C. The Caps will be entertaining the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.

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#CapsKnights Postgame Notebook: The Save

"The Save" helps Caps earn first-ever win in SCF series, Orpik ends lengthy drought and nets game-winner, Eller steps up in Kuznetsov's absence, more

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / WashingtonCaps.com

For the last dozen years, when Caps fans refers to "The Goal," everyone knows it points to Alex Ovechkin's improbably incredible goal in Phoenix against the Coyotes back in January of 2006.  

From Wednesday night going forward, the same can be said of Caps goalie Braden Holtby and "The Save." 

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