Instant Reaction: Caps are going to the Stanley Cup Finals!

The Washington Capitals are going to the Stanley Cup Finals after beating Tampa Bay 4-0.

Finally! The Caps freaking did it!! The Caps are going to the Stanley Cup Finals after winning 4-0 in Game 7 in Tampa against the Lightning.

It has been a long time coming for the Caps after experiencing so much playoff heartbreak. The odds were absolutely stacked up against them, but Ovi and the Caps said screw the odds. This team is heading to the freaking Stanley Cup Finals. Ovi finally gets his first finals appearance. The Caps dominated the final two games of the series against Tampa. Ovi played like a man on a mission night in and night out.

This team was not supposed to make it this far. After being the favorites to win year after year for the past few seasons, they came into this season with lower expectations. A few tactical moves at the deadline to pick up some defenders and here we are. The Caps are headed to the Stanley Cup Finals! This is so surreal for Caps fans everywhere. Hopefully the lazy narrative against Ovi’s performance in the playoffs has finally been disproven. It was a team effort. Ovi had the game winning goal. Devante Smith-Pelly took a puck to the neck and TJ Oshie took one to the knee, both while blocking the shot. Tom Wilson threw nucks to give the team momentum. 

Brooks Orpik laid the body all series long, Andre Burakovsky scored two goals and had his coming out party, and Holtby stacked back-to-back shutouts! Earlier I wrote an open-letter to Caps fans telling them to buckle up and enjoy the ride, and here we are.

Lets check in on the celebration.

It has been a helluva ride and it isn’t over yet. Four more games. Let’s Go Caps!

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