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#CapsBolts Postgame Notebook: Ooh Las Vegas

Caps take out Tampa Bay in Game 7 to advance to Cup final, Holtby makes history, Burakovsky comes through, Caps defense stymies Lightning, more

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / WashingtonCaps.com

A decade after they made their first abbreviated kick at playing for Lord Stanley's Cup, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom and their teammates made it to the final with a flourish on Wednesday night in Tampa. The Caps laid a 4-0 whitewashing on the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final series, advancing to the Stanley Cup final for the first time in 20 years.

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Caps Blank Bolts in Game 7 to Earn Trip to Stanley Cup Final

Holtby stops 29 shots, recording his second straight shutout to eliminate the Lightning and propel the Caps to the Cup final for first time in 20 years

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / WashingtonCaps.com

Twenty years after their only previous trip to the Stanley Cup final series, the Capitals are finally heading back. Washington blanked the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final series on Wednesday in Tampa, sending the Caps to the Cup final to face the nascent Vegas Golden Knights. 

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#CapsBolts Skate Shavings: Hockey 101

Caps embark upon their 11th Game 7 of the Ovechkin/Backstrom era on Wednesday in Tampa with a trip to the Stanley Cup final at stake, more

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / WashingtonCaps.com

It's one game, one game for the right to keep playing for one more round, the round that matters most. The Caps play their 101st game of the season tonight in Tampa when they face the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final series. The winner of Wednesday's game moves on to the Stanley Cup final to face the Vegas Golden Knights beginning on Monday. 

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Best Of One

Caps, Bolts clash one more time on Wednesday night in Game 7 of Eastern Conference final series, with winner advancing to Stanley Cup to face Vegas

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / WashingtonCaps.com

May 23 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena

Time: 8:00 p.m.

TV: NBCSN 

Radio: Capitals Radio 24/7 and FAN 106.7

Game 7, Eastern Conference final series. Series tied, 3-3.

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#CapsBolts Postgame Notebook: Work To Do

Caps stave off elimination, extending season and series by a game and a couple of days, Holtby keeps Vasilevskiy from stealing another game, more

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / WashingtonCaps.com

Monday night's Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final series brought the best out of the Capitals. Facing elimination from the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time this spring, the Caps put together an outstanding performance in every facet of the game in a 3-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Caps Blank Bolts 3-0, Forcing Game 7

Holtby pitches 24-save shutout, gets plenty of support up and down lineup to help Caps force decisive Game 7 with 3-0 win on Monday in D.C.

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / WashingtonCaps.com

Facing elimination from the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time this spring, the Caps turned a do or die into do and fly with a 3-0 win over the Lightning in Monday night's Game 6 at Capital One Arena. Washington's win squares the series at three games each, and the Caps will fly to Florida for a decisive Game 7 in Tampa on Wednesday night. 

The winner of that Game 7 earns a date with the Vegas Golden Knights in the Cup final series.

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#CapsBolts Skate Shavings: Century City

Caps face must-win situation in Game 6, Bolts eager to get the Caps out tonight, getting and keeping the lead is critical, more

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / WashingtonCaps.com

Washington opened its 2017-18 pursuit of the Stanley Cup on Oct. 5 against the Senators in Ottawa. Tonight, the Caps will play their 100th game of the season - including regular season and playoffs - and they must win it if they're to play in a 101st game on Wednesday night in Tampa. 

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Caps Face Bolts in Do or Die Game 6 in DC

Three straight losses have the Caps needing to win the next two - starting with Monday's Game 6 - to keep their season alive

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / WashingtonCaps.com

May 21 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning at Capital One Arena 

Time: 8:00 p.m.

TV: NBCSN  

Radio: Capitals Radio 24/7 and FAN 106.7

Game 6, Eastern Conference final series. Lightning leads, 3-2.

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#CapsBolts Postgame Notebook: Late Start

Late start costs Caps, lead time has evaporated for Washington, Kuznetsov takes over league scoring lead, more

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / WashingtonCaps.com

The Capitals played 39 minutes of good hockey in Saturday's Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final series with the Tampa Bay Lightning, but by the time they got around to doing so, the Bolts had rolled out to a 3-0 lead. That three-goal ditch proved to be too deep to dig out of, and the Caps were saddled with a 3-2 loss at night's end, their third straight setback in the series. 

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Third Straight Loss Puts Caps on Precipice

Caps start slowly in most important game of season to date, and it costs them in a 3-2 loss to Lightning in Saturday's Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final in Tampa

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / WashingtonCaps.com

Saturday night's Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final series against the Tampa Bay Lightning was not the optimal time for the Capitals to turn in their worst period of the playoffs to date, but that's how it went down. Washington sleepwalked its way through the first 20 minutes of its most important game of the season to date, and got a predictable result, a 3-2 loss, its third in succession.

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