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Permission for optimism: The Caps take on D.C.'s pain

No Washington big four team has won a title since 1991. With the hockey gods seemingly on their side, can the Capitals end the streak of futility?

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Ovechkin scores early: Caps advance to Stanley Cup Final

Alex Ovechkin scores a minute into Game 7 as the Capitals top the Lightning 4-0 and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1998.

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Ovechkin: 'Been waiting for this moment for a long time'

Alex Ovechkin expresses how it feels to reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in his career.

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Orpik takes brutal hit

Brooks Orpik is checked hard into the boards by Cedric Paquette and has to be helped off the ice. No penalty is assessed.

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Barnwell: Ultimate surprise sports runs -- where Vegas ranks

Does Vegas' Stanley Cup run make it the most unlikely finalist in modern American sports? Bill Barnwell looks at candidates across the big four.

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Vegas' success wasn't rigged: Here's how the Knights were built

No one expected Vegas to make the Stanley Cup Final this season. Here's how each player taken in the expansion draft has helped (or not).

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Why no NHL players made the World Fame 100 list

Hockey players were frozen out of our accounting of the 100 most famous athletes on the planet -- although, no surprise, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin came closest.

2018 World Fame 100: Who reaches the pinnacle across sports?

To find the 100 most famous athletes in the world, we started with 600 of the biggest names in sports. Then we ranked them based on a formula of three fame factors.

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Ovechkin: 'Been waiting for this moment for a long time'

Alex Ovechkin expresses how it feels to reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in his career.

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Orpik takes brutal hit

Brooks Orpik is checked hard into the boards by Cedric Paquette and has to be helped off the ice. No penalty is assessed.

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Ovechkin scores early, Caps advance to Cup Final

Alex Ovechkin scores a minute into Game 7 as the Capitals top the Lightning 4-0 and advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1998.

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The scene at Thunder Alley and at Ferg's across from the arena before Game 7 between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Washington Capitals.

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Tonight's the night. Game 7 between the Capitals and Lightning, with the Prince of Wales Trophy in the house. Who ya got?

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Ovechkin: You play hockey for 'this moment'

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and goaltender Braden Holtby emphasize staying in the moment and executing against the Lightning in Game 7.

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