Washington Capitals: Top 10 best playoff moments in team history

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Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
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#5 Game 7 dominance over the Bolts

The Tampa Bay Lightning had always been one of those pesky foes the Washington Capitals had to deal with. In 2003 they lost a six game series after taking the first two games. In 2011, they got swept in the second round by the Bolts.

2018 was a revenge tour for the Capitals. First they overcame a playoff deficit some pundits didn’t think would be possible. Then they finally got past the Pittsburgh Penguins. Next in their way was the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Alex Ovechkin would rip in a slapshot from way downtown 62 seconds in to set the tone early. In the second period, Andre Burakovsky would score twice. He had just been scratched two games prior. Nicklas Backstrom put the game away in the third with an empty netter. Braden Holtby made 29 saves in the shutout.

Ovechkin told the media after the game via the AP:

"“The first goal was very important. After that you could see we have all the momentum on our side. Holts was unstoppable today. He was special. Everybody was all in. Everybody was sacrificing their bodies. I think we all deserve the win.”"

Barry Trotz added:

"“I think Ovie has been on a mission. They wanted this game, no question.”"