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Open Post- Game 7 Eastern Conference Final

Puck drop is just after 8:00pm ET in Tampa and is on NBCSN, CBC, SN1 and TVAS.

Either the Washington Capitals or Tampa Bay Lightning will be in possession of the Prince of Wales Trophy after tonight's game.

The Stanley Cup Final will begin on Monday, May 28th at 8:00pm.  If Tama Bay wins tonight the series will start in Tampa, if Washington wins game 7 the series will start in Las Vegas.

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Who Will Step Up In Tonight’s Game 7?

from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,

He's the Lightning's best player. He's its most important player.

Well, other than goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy. That's a given. Every team relies most heavily on its goalie.

But if the Lightning is going win a nerve-racking, heart-stopping, nail-biting Game 7 against the Capitals, the cool, calm and collected Victor Hedman will need to be the Lightning's next-best player.

Put it like this: if Hedman has a great Game 7, there's a good chance the Lightning will win. If he has a bad Game 7, the Lightning likely will lose.

That's how important he is to the Lightning.

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from Thom Loverro of the Washington Times,

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Eastern Conference Final Game 7 Notes

NEW YORK (May 22, 2018) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals will decide the Eastern Conference Final in Game 7 Wednesday night at AMALIE Arena in Tampa (8 p.m., ET, NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). This marks the fourth consecutive year that the Eastern Conference Final has required a seventh and deciding game.

The winner will advance to the Stanley Cup Final and face the Western Conference champion Vegas Golden Knights in a best-of-seven series beginning Monday, May 28.

If the Lightning advance, they will host Game 1 against the Golden Knights at AMALIE Arena in Tampa. If the Capitals advance, they will play Game 1 on the road against the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

While the Lightning and Capitals never have met in a winner-take-all contest, and have not played one in the 2018 postseason, Game 7 is familiar territory for both.

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On To Game 7

from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,

Get ready, Tampa Bay, because it's coming. Wednesday night at Amalie Arena. One game to decide which team goes to the Stanley Cup final.

The Lightning and the Capitals. If you think you know who is going to win, you're crazy. No one knows what will happen because nothing in this series has made sense.

But there's no question which team has the momentum and it isn't the Lightning. If Tampa Bay doesn't get its act together and soon, you can forget a Stanley Cup. If we learned anything from Washington's season-saving 3-0 victory Monday night, it's that the Lightning had better raise its desperation level.

"We were no good," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "We didn't play with the near desperation that they did. Was it a fairly even game? There's no question."

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Your Stanley Cup Final Schedule

NEW YORK (May 21, 2018) – The National Hockey League today announced the dates for the 2018 Stanley Cup Final, which will begin on Monday, May 28. Additionally, Stanley Cup Final Media Day will be held on either Saturday, May 26 or Sunday, May 27, in the host city for Game 1.

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We Will Have A Game 7 In The Eastern Conference Final

Final score Washington 3 Tampa Bay 0

Game 7 will be played in Tampa on Wednesday at 8:00pm ET.

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Open Post- Game 6 Eastern Conference Final

The Tampa Bay Lightning will advance to the Stanley Cup Final with a win tonight.

A win by the Washington Capitals will force a game 7 in Tampa on Wednesday night.

Puck drops just after 8:00pm ET in Washington and is on NBCSN, , CBC, SN1 and TVAS.

As always, the comment section belongs to you.

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Bolts/Caps Before Game 6

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

For a team that many have selected as their pre-season favourite for each of the past few years, it seems almost anticlimactic. And yet, after missing the playoffs last year and losing in the conference final in 2016, no one is taking this run for granted.

“I don’t know if we’ve really sat here and said, ‘Oh, we’re just going to rush to the Stanley Cup final,’” Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. “If there’s anything that’s helped this team, we’ve kind of not done that. It’s so hard to win in this league, and the parity is so tight, you just can’t look too far ahead. I know when we went in 2015, all of a sudden the regular season didn’t seem near as exciting as the playoff run, and we just couldn’t wait to get back. You just find out how hard it is to win.

“That’s our ultimate goal, to get there. But I think they haven’t put the cart before the horse. There’s still a lot of work to do in this series. I think that’s why we’ve had some success.”...

For the Capitals, it’s a much different story. Few picked them to get past the two-time defending champions Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round, much less be two wins away from the Stanley Cup final. At the same time, it’s a bit of a shock that they are on the brink of elimination considering how this series began.

Washington appeared to be in the driver’s seat after winning the first two games on the road and taking a 2-0 lead. But after losing three straight, the ghosts of the franchise’s past playoff troubles have once again come out of the attic.

“This group seems to never do anything really easy,” said Washington head coach Barry Trotz, referencing not only the adversity that the Capitals faced in the first round when they came back and won after being down 2-0 to Columbus, but also years and years of playoff disappointment.

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Once Up 2-0 In The Series, The Washington Capitals Now Face Elimination

from Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post,

The shape of this series against the Tampa Bay Lightning is such that the Capitals frittered away their breakthrough against Pittsburgh and are now in position to do something that seemed impossible after vanquishing the Penguins: add to their ignominy. The Capitals’ 3-2 loss to the Lightning on Saturday night at Amalie Arena was their third straight. That comfortable advantage? Poof. One more loss, and that’s it. No more hockey.

Before you start bemoaning that the past is the past and it’s trite and lazy to associate these Caps with those Caps, a reminder: In the past 50 years, 21 teams won the first two games on the road in either the conference or Stanley Cup finals. All 21 of those teams won the series. None needed a seventh game.

The Capitals won the first two games in Tampa. Now those same Capitals need to win Monday night at home to force a seventh game.

Such a stat would fit right in with all those old Capitals. And then these Capitals said things all those old Capitals might have said.

“Obviously, two mistakes and they score a goal,” captain Alex Ovechkin said. “But give us credit. We don’t stop playing.”

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Pressure Is Now On The Washington Capitals

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

There are two ways of looking at how the Eastern Conference final came to be tied heading into Game 5: either the Tampa Bay Lightning stole back two games on the road or the Washington Capitals gave away an opportunity to close out a series.

For most onlookers, it’s the latter.

And so, here we are talking about choking again. Will this be another post-season where the Capitals failed to finish off an opponent on the ropes, failed to come up with the key play at the key time, and failed to advance despite being the better team? Will it be another missed opportunity for Alex Ovechkin?

From here, it’s starting to look that way. Whatever momentum the Capitals gained from winning Games 1 and 2 on the road has now swung back to the Lightning after winning Games 3 and 4. Now, it’s Washington with its backs against the ropes and once again having to face the ghosts of the franchise’s past.

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