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Caps Just One Win Away from Elusive Stanley Cup Title

June 05, 2018 - 10:17 am

By Joe Schiller

Pain, agony and sheer disappointment. Those are just a few of the words that fans would describe watching the Washington Capitals over the last 20 years. Since being swept in the 1998 Stanley Cup Finals, the Caps have yet to bring a Stanley Cup back to the nation's capital. 

That could all change this week.

The Capitals are on the brink of franchise history. With a dominating 6-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday night, they are just one win away from their first ever Stanley Cup Finals trophy.

Amidst a sold out Capital One Arena crowd with thousands packed outside in the surrounding area, the Capitals controlled the entire game on both sides of the puck. Three magnificent first-period goals from T.J. Oshie, Tom Wilson, and Devante Smith-Pelly started the scoring affair and pushed the lead to 3-0.

But with the history of this team, no lead ever feels safe. The Capitals were able to hold on to victory despite two third-period goals from the Knights. The penalty kill was the best it’s ever been as the unit held the Knights scoreless in four separate power play situations. Braden Holtby continued to be a brick wall in the net, totaling 28 saves on the night.

Missed opportunities will come back to haunt Vegas if the Capitals win this series. Multiple scoring chances were denied by the post, including a wide-open net for James Neal in the first period.

As the Capitals travel back to Vegas, they hold all the momentum and even history on their side. Teams with a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Final are 32-1 all-time in the best-of-seven series.

The trophy will be in attendance on Thursday night with a chance to head back to Washington D.C. for the first time, ever.