Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals have finally put a decade of playoff frustration behind them by winning the Eastern Conference Finals. Ovechkin, who has never advanced beyond the second round, scored in what he described as probably the ”biggest game in my life.”
Ovi scored early and Andre Burakovsky added two second-period goals to win 4-0 over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 and Nicklas Backstrom sealed the deal with an empty-netter.
Braden Holtby stopped 29 shots for his second straight shutout and the Lightning, who led the NHL in goals during the regular season, failed to score.
This will be Washington’s first Cup Final appearance since 1998.