Burakovsky redeems himself in Capitals' Game 7 win against Lightning

Burakovsky redeems himself in Capitals' Game 7 win against Lightning

Oh is aware Washington has been excellent on the road this postseason, posting a 7-2 record away from Capital One Arena, including three wins in Pittsburgh during the Eastern Conference semifinals.

"It's really hard to win the Stanley Cup, and if you're going to measure every year strictly on it's a failure if we win or not, I don't think I look at it that way", Yzerman said.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, right, poses with members of the Washington Capitals and the Prince of Wales trophy after the Capitals defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 during Game 7 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals hockey playoff series Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla.

The Capitals' most recent Game 7 was one of their more frustrating, last season's 2-0 loss to Pittsburgh in the second round. The vast majority of this team is also in uncharted territory, with only a handful of Washington players having made it this far in the playoffs. However, the Caps avoided elimination in Game 6 and then conquered Game 7 too.

The second game on February 4, Vegas would defeat Washington 4-3 in DC.

Barry Trotz seat has been very warm with Trotz himself believing he had to get to the Stanley Cup Final to have any chance of returning next season as Capitals management has been preparing for a year now to turn the keys over to Todd Reirden.

Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom have been here before.The Capitals lost "Mr".

True, Kuznetsov doesn't have near the Game 7 history of Ovechkin. Washington kept coming, in Game 6 at Washington and right on through Game 7 on Wednesday night. Holtby stood tall, especially on a breakaway save with about seven minutes to go. The Capitals have 67 combined games of Game 7 experience on their roster.

For Tampa Bay, this is familiar territory. They failed to do so the previous two seasons with better, more skilled teams. The Lightning won two Game 7s en route to capturing the franchise's only Stanley Cup in 2004. It's the first time in his career Ovechkin will play for the Stanley Cup and the first time in 20 years that the Capitals have won the Eastern Conference Championship. Home teams are 21-12 in those games. Evgeny Kuznetsov's assist on Ovechkin's early goal extended his points streak to 10 games. For the second time in. Game 1 in Las Vegas against the Golden Knights is Monday night.

This postseason has bucked the trend of playoffs past, as these Capitals have continued to come through when it matters most.

After being pulled in Game 1 before being tattooed for six goals in Game 2, Vasilevskiy has been a star in the net. He wasn't going to make it easy for them to get to 3-8.

As for Ovechkin, he led the charge with his stick on Wednesday. The Capitals blocked eight shots in the first period and two of them were especially painful. Fedorov's goal secured the first playoff series win in the Alex Ovechkin Era, as Washington once again rallied from a 3-1 series deficit. Holtby has faced more than 24 shots just once in the entire series, and if the Capitals defense continues to do its job that well, Holtby has to reward them with top-flight play. "They wanted this game, no question". Ward beat Boston's Tim Thomas at 2:57 of OT, while rookie goaltender Braden Holtby made 31 saves in the Washington win.