The Washington Capitals have finally broke a 20 year drought and are finally heading to the Stanley Cup finals where they will take on the Las Vegas Golden Knights. Alex Ovechkin will finally get his chance to play for the Stanley Cup, and celebrated the Prince Edward Trophy as he should bring the veteran as he is.
After years of abuse in the Ovechkin, Backstrom era of disappointment losing to the Penguins in the second round, getting beat by the Rangers or running into hot goaltenders like Jaroslov Halak the Capitals have finally done it. The Capitals have plenty of President Trophy banners in the Capital One Arena, but yet only one Eastern Conference Champions banner hanging and this Capitals team is much different in years.
This was a year experts said the Capitals will be relevant, but yet won’t go far in the playoffs. They said we have to many unknown rookies who won’t step up, but they proved everyone wrong.
The Capitals started off the night lead by there captain scoring in the first 62 seconds of the game with his rocket slapshot going right past Andre Vasilevsky blocker. The Capitals kept there momentum going strong in the second period when Andre Burakovsky scored two goals in the second period for a 3-0 Caps lead after two periods.
The Capitals started the third period flat footed, but Braden Holtby stood tall in net all game and got his second shut out in a row stopping 29 shots and stopping 60 shots in the last two games. Nicklas Backstrom scores the empty net goal for a 4-0 Capitals win to punch there ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals.
What looked different tonight than past years was the overall commitment in team play. Tom Wilson set the tone after a scrum that lead to Evgeny Kuznetsov getting his jersey pulled off his back thrown onto the ice by Braden Coburn that set Wilson off. They both went to the penalty box, and as soon as they left the box he went right after Coburn and destroyed him in a fight because he disrespected the Capitals jersey.
Players like Davonte Smith-Pelly showed to be a team player by blocking a shot that went off the back of his net, and played hurt. Everyone on the team found a way to contribute to win all series and all playoffs.
In past the Capitals never had secondary scoring, but this year defensive has played the best defensive in 20 years and secondary scoring is coming from everywhere.
We look forward to seeing Vegas in the finals best of luck to them. Go Caps!