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Postgame Talk From The Tampa Side

from Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times,

Here are some postgame reactions:

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos on the season-ending loss:

"It really sinks in (Thursday), that feeling when you wake up and you think you are just going to keep playing. We've been in that mentality, working extremely hard here for these three rounds and now it's over. It's just a very disappointing, gut-wrenching feeling knowing how special this group was and not ending the way we wanted it to."

Stamkos on the back-to-back shutouts:

"You can't expect to win at this time of the year if you can't score. We have to give them some credit. That's a very good team over there. Their goaltender (Braden Holtby) played extremely well the last two games, and we probably felt how they felt for a couple of those games when (Andrei Vasilevskiy) stole some from them. We have to find a way, our line included, to score 5-on-5. This whole series, the team that won the series probably had the more consistent play 5-on-5 and they played well."

Defenseman Victor Hedman on if he thought this was the Lightning's year to win it all:

"You hope every year it's going to be the year, but we have a special group in here, there's no question about that. We've battled through adversity and tough losses, down in big holes, especially in this series, and we were able to come back and win three straight with two chances to win the series. It's tough when you don't score goals. I think today was the game we generated more scoring chances and it's just tough not to see any of those go in."

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Final(ly)

from Kristina Rutherford of Sportsnet,

Alex Ovechkin is talking, but he’s basically speechless, sitting here with an Eastern Conference champions t-shirt on his back and an Eastern Conference champions hat on his head, a gap-toothed smile plastered on his bearded face.

“Just ask Holts,” Ovechkin says, calling on the guy who just recorded a shutout in the biggest game of either of their lives to try to capture this moment, because he really can’t.

“This kind of emotion,” Ovechkin says, still trying, “it’s hard to explain what I’m feeling.”

Well, no kidding. Ovechkin, Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals have finally done it. They have earned a berth in the Stanley Cup Final, accomplished Wednesday on a quiet night in Tampa, a 4-0 resounding Game 7 victory that saw them lead for all but 62 seconds of a 60-minute Eastern Conference Final finale.

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Videos- The Washington Capitals Advance To The Stanley Cup Final

Final score Washington Capitals 4 Tampa Bay Lightning 0

Bottom line, the Lightning lack of scoring cost them and the Captials made their chances count.

Game 1 & 2 of the Stanley Cup Final will be next Monday and Wednesday.  All SCF games with an 8:00pm ET start.

Watch the goals and other game action below.

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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.

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