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Capitals reach Stanley Cup Final behind Holtby, success on road

Production of Ovechkin, Kuznetsov help put Washington in sight of first championship

by Brian McNally / NHL.com Correspondent

The Washington Capitals advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1998 after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final on Wednesday.

The Capitals, who trailed the best-of-7 series 3-2, will play in the Final against the Vegas Golden Knights, with Game 1 at T-Mobile Arena on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

This will be Washington's second trip to the Final; it was swept by the Detroit Red Wings in 1998.

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Conference Final

Lightning fail to generate offense in Eastern Final loss to Capitals

Scoring drought, struggles at home among reasons for ouster

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

The Tampa Bay Lightning were eliminated from the Eastern Conference Final for the second time in three seasons with a seven-game loss to the Washington Capitals.

The Lightning won three straight games to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series but did not score in the final two games.

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The Buzz

Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz: Capitals advance 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 at T-Mobile Arena on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

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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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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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playoffs

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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Conference Final

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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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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NHL Insider

Holtby shines again, helps 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 to 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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