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Capitals vs. Golden Knights: Why the Stanley Cup Final will be Iconic

There is never a dull moment when it comes to the Stanley Cup Final. However, this year is set to be even more compelling; this is because the teams battling each other have both notable differences and a lot in common. To begin with, the Washington Capitals will be playing their first Cup Final in 20 years. Overall, this is their second final ever. The Capitals have come this far after beating the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Eastern Conference Final. Their opponents for the final are the Golden Knights of Las Vegas. Below is a look at why many fans are paying close attention to the NHL lines as the game proves to be classic.

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Notes On The Stanley Cup Final

FIRST-TIME WINNER GUARANTEED AS VEGAS, WASHINGTON REACH CUP FINAL
After each winning their division during the regular season, the Golden Knights and Capitals will meet in a best-of-seven showdown to determine which club will win its first-ever Stanley Cup. Game 1 is set for Monday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

* This marks the sixth Final in NHL history – and first in 11 years – to feature two clubs each chasing their first-ever Stanley Cup. Either the Golden Knights or Capitals will become the 19th active franchise to win the Cup.

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Your Stanley Cup Final Picks

How did you do with your Conference Final picks? I don't even want to discuss mine!

Who are you picking to win the Stanley Cup?

The Vegas Golden Knights have home ice advantage (6-1 at home thru the first three rounds) but remember the Washington Capitals have an 8-2 road record during the post-season.

note- original post date was 5/24/19 at 1:35pm, Will be moving this post to the top of page until the puck drops so all have a chance to see and participate.

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NHL Network Broadcast Coverage Of The Stanley Cup Final

May 24, 2018 – Following a commanding Game 7 win by the Eastern Conference champion Washington Capitals, NHL Network today announced its 2018 Stanley Cup Final coverage plans, featuring more than 70 hours of live programming from Las Vegas, NV and Washington, DC. NHL Network’s comprehensive on-site coverage begins with Media Day this Sunday, May 27.

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Video- Top 10 Plays From The NHL Conference Finals

Just south of 6 minutes long.

 

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Videos- The Post-Game Talk From The Washington Capitals

Braden Holtby and Alex Ovechkin post-game media session.

 

 

Below, watch head coach Barry Trotz with the media Q & A and Nicklas Backstrom and Andre Burakovsky too.

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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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added 7:58am, Watch postgame reaction from the Tampa side below.

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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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Watch the game highlights below.

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Your Stanley Cup Final Broadcast Schedule

NEW YORK (May 23, 2018) – The National Hockey League announced today the schedule and broadcast information for the 2018 Stanley Cup Final, which begins Monday, May 28, in Las Vegas.

Based on their higher regular-season point total, the Western Conference champion Vegas Golden Knights will host Games 1 and 2 of the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final, as well as Games 5 and 7, if necessary.

The Eastern Conference champion Washington Capitals will host Games 3 and 4, as well as Game 6, if necessary.

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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.

added 11:08pm, Below, handshakes and Prince of Wales Trophy presentation.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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