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Founded in 1974, the Washington Capitals are a member of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Hockey League (NHL). Over the years, the Capitals have won one conference championship along with ten Division titles.
In recent years, the new owner of the team, Ted Leonsis, has drafted several star players to the team, such as Alexander Ovechkin, Mike Green and Braden Holtby. The past few seasons have seen some of the most stellar performances by the Capitals. They finished the season as the winners of the President’s Trophy for the second consecutive year and the third time in their history – leading to high hopes for the 2017 NHL season.
And now, the Capitals are locked and loaded and are ready to put the NHL on notice this upcoming season. Led by a high octane offense, Washington aims to bring a Stanley Cup trophy home. Division rivals, the Boston Bruins, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the New York Rangers will look to halt the Capitals aspirations.
Grab your Washington Capitals tickets and head down to the Capital One Arena to cheer your favorite team to victory!
Washington Capitals Greatest Moments
The Dale Hunter Goal - For anyone who has been a fan of the Washington Capitals knows about the famous Dale Hunter goal. Dale Hunter scored a goal in the overtime of Game 7 against the Phildadelphia Flyers in the 1988 Patrick Division Semifinal series. Up until this iconic goal, the Caps had experienced nothing but heartbreak and utter disappointment in the playoffs. They had made it to the playoffs five times consecutively but each time they ran into the New York Islanders and lost. In the 1988 season, the Caps fell behind 3-0 in Game 7 against the Flyers. Incredibly, they managed to tie the game and take it into overtime. About six minutes into overtime, Hunter’s epic goal helped the team make a remarkable comeback.
Joe Juneau Head to the Stanley Cup Finals - In 1998, the team and the fans got to experience one of the most ecstatic moments in its history as a goal by Joe Juneau sent them into the Stanley Cup Finals after 39 years. As with most intense plays, this game also went into overtime. At the 6:24 mark in OT, Brian Bellows got the puck to the front of the net and Joe Juneau was there to smash it in, taking his team into the Stanley Cup Finals in grand fashion.
Rivalries of the Washington CapitalsAmong the many rivalries of the Washington Capitals, the two main ones are against the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers.
Capitals vs. Penguins - Both these teams compete in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference. The rivalry developed from the ten playoff series between the two teams, with the Penguins being victorious in all, except one – the 1994 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. What has further fuelled the rivalry is the emergence of the two major stars – Alex Ovechkin from the Washington Capitals and Sidney Crosby from Pittsburgh Penguins. The two teams have met a total of 279 times, with Pittsburgh leading in all time series records, 114-119-16.
Capitals vs. Flyers Rivalry - Both these teams compete in the Eastern Conference Metropolitan Division and have been fierce rivals since the founding of the Capitals in the 1974-75 season. The bad blood between the Capitals and the Flyers became worse in the 1980s as the Capitals became part of the Patrick Division. The rivalry was further renewed in the 2008 and 2016 seasons, since both the teams were well-matched and managed to reach the playoffs. The two teams have met a total of 211 times with Washington leading in the postseason results, 16-13. Due to the close proximity of the two cities, fans are able to travel to support their team in away games as well, making the stadium atmosphere super charged and loud every time.
Greatest Players of the Washington Capitals
The Caps have had many great players wear their uniform. Olaf Kolzig is one of them. He is, without a doubt, the greatest goaltender that the team has had. Olie the Goalie holds a very special place in the hearts of Caps fans. During the memorable playoffs run of the Caps, he went 12-9 with four more shutouts.
Another big name from this Washington side is Alexander Ovechkin. He is widely credited as the man who turned Washington in a hockey loving town. He is considered the perfect blend of speed, strength, skill and size. Three time winner of the Hart Memorial Trophy, Rookie of the Year in 2006 and ranking third in all time records among the Caps, in points and goals, there is no end to the greatness of Ovi.
Mike Gartner is not just a great player from the Washington Capitals, but one of the greatest in the NHL. He played more than nine seasons with the Caps and scored at least 30 goals in each of these seasons. His best season with the team was 1984-85, with 50 goals and 52 assists.
The Home Ground – The Capital One Arena
Your Capitals tickets get you inside this 20,000 venue in the heart of Washington DC. The Capital One Arena prime location allows fans to enjoy all the amenities downtown Washington has to offer, as the Smithsonian Art Museum, government institutions, and nightlife, before and after Caps' contests. This intimate arena provides for one the loudest venues in the league. Don't miss your chance at being part of one of the leagues best home crowds!
The NHL Preseason games are all set to start on September 18, 2017, with a game against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in New Jersey. The first home game, that many Washington fans would be looking forward to, will take place on October 7 against the Montreal Canadiens. But it is the second home game that would be the one to watch out for. The game against rivals Pittsburgh Penguins is all set to take place on October 11.
Grab your friends and buy Washington Capitals group tickets to follow your favorite team all season! You don’t want to miss out on the Caps this season.