The famous saying, “third time is the charm,” has still been proven to be true again. But that third time will come after 19 years of not making their conference finals. For years, the Washington Capitals have been the butt of jokes for not getting out of the first round or for not beating the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins would go on to repeat as Stanley Cup champions in the 2015-16 season and 2016-17 season. The Capitals have been the overall one seed and have never been to the Eastern Conference Finals. That all has changed Monday night.
Out of all of the teams in the Washington Metropolitan area, the Capitals were the team to have broken the legendary D.C. sports curse. For the first time since 1998, the Capitals have made their conference finals despite injuries from Nicklas Backstrom and a crazy suspension of Tom Wilson. Alex Chiasson however, helped the team by scoring his first goal of the playoffs, assisted by Nathan Walker. Walker, a rookie became the first Austrian player to score a postseason goal. Ay mate. They slayed the dragon, and now there will be a new Stanley Cup champion to look forward to.
The Capitals will play the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals, certainly a fresh look for the NHL East. The Lightning possesses the overall best record in the NHL with a 54-23 record. The Capitals could still be shorthanded heading into the finals, but the way they put on this performance against the defending champions away from Capital One Arena can possibly prove they might, just might be fine.
Now that the Capitals have broken the curse, fans everywhere in the DMV area can put away their lighters and delete their tweet drafts. We tip our caps to you, Caps. Goodluck in the Eastern Conference Finals.