The Washington Capitals are going to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 20 years.
This series has been one of great ups and downs for Capitals fans. With the first two wins tucked away, some fans believed the Caps would sweep Tampa.
On the return to DC Tampa made sure that wasn’t to be, capitalising on an at times, lacklustre Washington side. Having gone from 2-0 up, they went down 3-2.
In years gone by that might have made the Caps drop their heads and come out feeling defeated. Not this year! These boys are hungry and winning game 6 with a shut out from Holtby, put a real fire into their bellies in game 7.
A period one goal from captain Ovechkin, followed by two more in period two from André ‘Dr. Dre’ Burakovsky, Caps fans really did begin to feel like perhaps this really was their year.
A fight in the first between Tom Wilson and Braydon Coburn after Evgeny Kuznetsov’s jersey got ripped, showed that the Capitals meant business. This is a team like I have never seen before in the playoffs.
The boys appeared hungry, with Devante Smith-Pelly taking a puck to the back of his neck in an attempt to stop a shot, leaving the ice for treatment but returning a little later on. Every player on the ice was doing their bit to keep the dream alive.
After a very dubious missed boarding call on Brooks Orpik, the Capitals showed Tampa that even missed calls wouldn’t keep them down with Burakovsky scoring a second goal to bring the game to 3-0.
With less that 4 minutes to go, Nicky Backstrom added a fourth goal and sealed the deal for the Washington Capitals. They are Vegas bound!