Posted on May 26, 2018 at 06:01 | Updated on May 26, 2018 at 06:01
How the Capitals came here
Although the Washington Capitals had less talent on paper, they were able to win their third title in the Metropolitan Division in the regular season, earning 105 points. They met another Metro team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, in the first round of the playoffs. Although the first two games of the series were lost at home, the capital recovered by winning the next four games, including three on the road to get into the second round.
The Capitals hit the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Since Alex Ovechkin and Penguin striker Sidney Crosby entered the NHL, the Penguins won all three postseason meetings between the teams. But this time, the Capitals passed the Penguins in six games and reached the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 1997/98.
Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning – Game Seven
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The Capitals were in the Eastern Conference Finals against the seeded Tampa Bay Lightning at the start by winning the Games 1 and 2 in Tampa. But the Lightning rattled off three wins in a row, which made the capitals in Washington a slip-up.
Goalie Braden Holtby had to suspend in games 6 and 7, so that the Capitals could rely on their 3-2 backlog for the second time in the franchise history to reach the Stanley Cup final.
How the Golden Knights came here
Less than a year ago, Vegas players were not even Golden Knights. Most of the players were still with their former teams waiting for the June 2017 draft bill.
No one conceded the group of goals conceded to make a new NHL team a big one in their first season, but to Vegas has misjudged everyone from the beginning. A regular season 51-24-7 gave them 109 points and the Pacific Division title, and the magic did not fade in the postseason.
Winnipeg Jets vs. Vegas Golden Knights – Game Four
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In the first round, Vegas swept the Kings of Los Angeles in the net and allowed only three goals in the four games behind two Marc-Andre Fleury Shoutouts. After winning in the second round in six games against another division opponent in the San Jose Sharks, Vegas was in the Winnipeg Jets before the toughest test.
After winning the Western Conference Finals Game 1, the Golden Knights won the next four games securing their first Stanley Cup Final Trip in their first NHL season.