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Capitals shut out Lightning again in Game 7, reach Stanley Cup Final

Holtby makes 29 saves; Washington to play Golden Knights for championship

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

TAMPA -- The Washington Capitals are in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final at Amalie Arena on Wednesday.

The Capitals will play the Vegas Golden Knights for the Stanley Cup. Game 1 of the best-of-7 series is at Las Vegas on Monday.

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NHL Insider

Capitals break through to make Stanley Cup Final

Shut out Lightning in Game 7 for first trip since 1998

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

TAMPA -- Alex Ovechkin had already gone through the handshake line and done a postgame television interview when he and Nicklas Backstrom came together and had their moment to enjoy what they and the Washington Capitals had achieved with their 4-0 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final on Wednesday.

Ovechkin and Backstrom embraced and said a few words about finally reaching the Stanley Cup Final, but not many were needed.

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Stanley Cup Final

Capitals will play Golden Knights in Stanley Cup Final

Defeat Lightning in seven games, win Eastern Conference for first time since 1998

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Washington Capitals advanced to the Stanley Cup Final and will play the Vegas Golden Knights.

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Lightning's aspirations of Stanley Cup end with Game 7 loss to Capitals

Tampa Bay's season concludes prematurely in Eastern Conference Final

by Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

TAMPA -- Steven Stamkos sat in front of his locker with a glazed look, staring into space in disbelief, his Stanley Cup dreams having disappeared.

Just like the offense of his Tampa Bay Lightning.

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The Buzz

Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz: Capitals punch ticket to Cup Final

Play at Golden Knights in Game 1 Monday

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Welcome to the Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz, a daily look at the races for the 2018 NHL postseason. The Stanley Cup Final is set after the Washington Capitals defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final on Wednesday. The Capitals will play the Vegas Golden Knights in the Cup Final; Game 1 is T-Mobile Arena on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

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Holtby shines again as Capitals advance to Stanley Cup Final

Goaltender records second straight shutout in Game 7 against Lightning

by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

TAMPA -- When the Washington Capitals began the Stanley Cup Playoffs in April, goaltender Braden Holtby was on the bench after struggling late in the regular season.

On Wednesday, with his game back in fine form, Holtby was on the podium. 

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Short Shifts

Ovechkin fears nothing, makes joke, then touches Prince of Wales Trophy

Capitals captain goes right up table, flies in face of superstition

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Ovi holds Prince of Wales Trophy

Ovechkin touches, holds Prince of Wales Trophy

Alex Ovechkin touches the Prince of Wales Trophy after not letting Pierre McGuire know the answer, then poses for a team picture

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Alex Ovechkin waited too long to win the Prince of Wales Trophy to just leave it on the table.

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Stanley Cup Final

How Capitals got to 2018 Stanley Cup Final

Play of Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, Holtby's road success helped Washington win Eastern Conference

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

The Washington Capitals have put their past Stanley Cup Playoff failures behind them, advancing to the Stanley Cup Final.

With their 4-0 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final on Wednesday, the Capitals have reached the Cup Final for the second time (swept by the Detroit Red Wings in 1998). They have faced plenty of adversity through the years, specifically this postseason, but persevered past the Columbus Blue Jackets in six games, Pittsburgh Penguins in six and Lightning in seven.

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Burakovsky redeems himself in Capitals Game 7 win against Lightning

Scores first two goals of postseason to atone for playoff struggles

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- Washington Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky felt like his time was coming and didn't mind sharing it with teammate Nicklas Backstrom.

"He just told me before the game that he had a good feeling about tonight," Backstrom said. "And, yeah, he was right. That was a good feeling."

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Short Shifts

Washington D.C. area goes wild for Capitals return to Stanley Cup Final

Plenty around district showing elation at team's conference final victory

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When you go two decades between Stanley Cup Final appearances, you can expect a victory lap on social media.

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Capitals owner saw trip to Stanley Cup Final coming

Leonsis says grit, determination got Washington through Eastern Final

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

TAMPA -- Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis admitted he suspected there was something different about his team this season than in previous years.

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Golden Knights deserve to be in Stanley Cup Final in inaugural season

Vegas players paid dues before becoming part of record-setting expansion team

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

They haven't suffered enough? Really?

There is this notion that the Vegas Golden Knights don't deserve to play in the Stanley Cup Final, let alone win the Cup, because they're in their inaugural season and haven't paid their dues.

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news

Rangers hire Quinn as coach

Was at Boston University past five seasons, replaces Vigneault

by Mike Battaglino / NHL.com Staff Writer

David Quinn was hired as coach of the New York Rangers on Wednesday.

The 51-year old was coach at Boston University for the past five seasons. A former assistant for the Colorado Avalanche, he was a first-round draft pick but never played in the NHL.

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Kane, Sharks close to seven-year contract: report

Forward would avoid becoming unrestricted free agent July 1

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Evander Kane and the San Jose Sharks are closing in on a seven-year contract that could be finalized Wednesday, The Associated Press reported.

The 26-year-old forward can become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his NHL career July 1.

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How Capitals were built

Washington drafted 14 players on roster, including seven in first round

by Rob Reese @NHLReese / NHL.com Fantasy Editor

The core group of players who helped the Washington Capitals reach the Stanley Cup Final were assembled through the NHL Draft. The Capitals have 14 active players who were drafted by them, including seven in the first round.

The Capitals have a strong international presence with seven players from Canada; six from the United States; three from Sweden, Russia and the Czech Republic; and one each from Germany, Denmark and Australia (among those who have played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs). 

The free-agent signings of defensemen Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik in 2014 provided stability, and trades for Lars Eller and T.J. Oshie rounded out their forward group.

Here's how the Capitals roster was built, along with some background on their coaches and general manager:

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NHL Draft

Dobson took long road to become top NHL prospect

Acadie-Bathurst defenseman's journey began in Austria at age 15

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Every Thursday, NHL.com will look ahead to the 2018 NHL Draft with an in-depth profile on one of its top prospects.

Noah Dobson, a defenseman for Acadie-Bathurst of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, honed his hockey and social skills on the road less traveled to becoming one of the top players at his position in the 2018 NHL Draft.

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NHL Insider

Golden Knights 'not satisfied' just making Cup Final

Goal to win championship against Capitals in inaugural season

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- While the Vegas Golden Knights awaited their opponent in the Stanley Cup Final, their theme remained the same.

Vegas is not content simply reaching the Cup Final.

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Fleury, Osgood have seen similar views on road to Stanley Cup

Golden Knights goaltender has much in common with Red Wings three-time champion

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

They once were opposing goaltenders in the Stanley Cup Final. Chris Osgood and the Detroit Red Wings defeated Marc-Andre Fleury and the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008. Fleury and the Penguins defeated Osgood and the Red Wings in 2009.

Now Osgood is admiring from afar, with Fleury mirroring his NHL career.

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Stanley Cup Final schedule

Golden Knights, Capitals each playing for first championship

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The Vegas Golden Knights and Washington Capitals will play Game 1 of the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Monday, May 28 (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

The Golden Knights, playing their inaugural season, reached the Final by defeating the Winnipeg Jets in five games in the Western Conference Final.

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Hockey 101 with Snoop

Episode 7: The Penalty Box

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The Professor's Professor, Dogg Cherry, aka "99+2: The Greater One," the one and only Snoop Dogg gives you the scoop on all things hockey. Watch and learn.

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AHL

Young prospects getting seasoning in Calder Cup Playoffs

Lyon, Edjsell, Hintz, Grundstrom developing during pressure-packed postseason

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL general managers want their prospects to experience the pressure and demands of a long postseason run, and some of those young players are getting just that in the American Hockey League's Calder Cup Playoffs.

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