Momentum sometimes carries over into the next game for some teams. The Washington Capitals dominated Game 6 at home and then they went on the road in Game 7 and shutout the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0. Washington wins this series 4-3. This is the first time in 20 years the Capitals are in the Stanley Cup Finals and the first time ever in the Alex Ovechkin era.
Speaking of Ovechkin, he scored on a wicked one-timer 1:02 into the game for the Washington Capitals. Andre Burakovsky scored both goals for Washington in the second period. Nicklas Backstrom scored an empty-net goal for the Capitals with 3:43 remaining in regulation.
Braden Holtby recorded his second consecutive shutout for the Washington Capitals with 29 saves. He is the fifth goalie in NHL history to have back-to-back shutouts in Game 6 and Game 7. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 19 saves for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Maybe this is the season that the Washington Capitals finally win their first Stanley Cup. The Tampa Bay Lightning lost three-out-of-four games in this series at home. For the first time since 1999 (Buffalo Sabres vs Dallas Stars), the Stanley Cup Finals will feature two teams that have never won before.
The Tampa Bay Lightning’s season concludes. The Washington Capitals will be on the road for Game 1 against the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Finals which begins on Monday Night.