The Washington Capitals defeated Vegas last night to win the first Stanley Cup in their franchise history.
It is the third straight season where a team from the Metro Division has won the Stanley Cup.
On their way to the Stanley Cup, the Capitals defeated multiple former Rangers that had previously eliminated them in the playoffs:
- In the first round, the Capitals defeated John Tortorella, Brandon Dubinsky and Columbus
- In the second round, the Capitals defeated Carl Hagelin, Derrick Brassard and a Penguins team that had also knocked the Capitals out on multiple occasions.
- In the third round, the Capitals defeated Anton Stralman, Ryan Callahan, Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi, JT Miller and Tampa Bay
The Capitals went 3-0-1 against the Rangers this past season.
Adam Rotter: The Caps, after so many years of winning the division, winning the Presidents' trophy and being the favorites, finally get the Cup. Alexander Ovechkin has been a pain for the Rangers to deal with for many years but he's one of the greatest players of all-time, the greatest goal scorer of his generation and very deserving of winning the Stanley Cup. Watching him with the Cup though only made me think of Henrik Lundqvist and how Henrik is likely the best player of the post-2004-05 lockout era to not have a Stanley Cup. The Rangers had window of going to the Conference Finals three times in four years, and obviously playing for the Stanley Cup in 2014, but Henrik has not had the chance to lift the Cup over his head. At 36, with three-years left on his contract and a team very much in transition, there are very real questions about whether it can happen for Henrik with the Rangers. Maybe, as long as he is healthy and still capable, Lundqvist plays another couple of years, after his contract ends, in a bit of a different role and can help the Rangers win that way. Otherwise, Lundqvist could go down as the greatest player ever never to win a Stanley Cup.