Washington Capitals History
The Washington Capitals have been in the NHL since 1974, but have yet to bring home
a coveted Stanley Cup Championship. They won the Eastern Conference Championship in 1998 and made it to the Stanley Cup Finals
but lost to the Detroit Red Wings who won their second straight championship that year. The following year, the Caps fell
into a bit of disarray and began a downward trend that was eventually began to turn things around by drafting Russian phenom
Alexander Ovechkin. These days the Caps are among the best teams in the Eastern Conference and are always a threat in the
postseason. As the Capitals take to the ice in an exciting playoff match up, the only place to be if you're a true fan will
be the stands, but don't just take our word for it. Come out and see all of the action as the Capitals hope to put on a show
once again this postseason on their way to making a run at a title.
About the Team
The Washington Capitals
are currently in fifth place in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference, and although it appears unlikely that
they can catch the Pittsburgh Penguins who sit atop the division, they are in a heated battle with the Philadelphia Flyers,
the New York Rangers, the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the New Jersey Devils to see who will finish second in the division.
The Caps boast an impressive offense that is second in the league on the power play and twelfth in goals per game. If they
can get their defense to catch up with the offense, maybe the Caps will be able to bring home that long awaited first Stanley
Cup Championship. Leading goal scorer and points man Alex Ovechkin is the type of superstar that can take over an entire series
in the playoffs and is always fun to watch. With a proud franchise that has become a staple of the D.C. community over the
years, you won't want to miss a second of the action as the talented Capitals hope to make another run at a Stanley Cup.
Hockey fans in general are some of the most passionate sports fans around, but nothing quite matches
the fanaticism surrounding the NHL playoffs and fans of the Washington Capitals are some of the most dedicated and vociferous
fans in the entire NHL. On game day at Verizon Center the fans file in and take their seats and that is when the cheering
and chanting begins. As the clock winds down closer and closer to the dropping of the puck the crowd works itself into a frenzy.
Finally both teams are ready for face off and the excitement really begins. Thunderous, bone rattling hits, incredible displays
of speed and agility, powerful slapshots, and tremendous saves set the arena on fire for the following three periods of world
class college hockey. By the time the final buzzer sounds your voice is hoarse and your palms are stinging from clapping and
giving high fives and you will already be planning a return trip. Everything is ratcheted up a notch during the NHL playoffs
and the further teams advance the more intense the competition becomes. If you thought regular season NHL games were exciting,
just wait until you experience an NHL playoff game live and in person.
NHL Eastern Conference Metropolitan Division
Metropolitan Division is comprised of eight teams: the Carolina Hurricanes, the Columbus Blue Jackets, the New Jersey Devils,
the New York Islanders, the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Washington Capitals.
Many of the teams in the division are among the top franchises in the history of the NHL and four of the eight teams are located
in either New York City area or in Pennsylvania. The 2013-2014 season is the first for the Metropolitan Division which was
formed due to the realignment of the NHL. The majority of the teams came to the Metropolitan Division from the Atlantic Division,
including the New Jersey Devils, the New York Islanders, the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Pittsburgh
Penguins. Meanwhile the Washington Capitals and the Carolina Hurricanes came from the Southeast Division and the Columbus
Blue Jackets joined from the Central Division. It is home to some of the biggest rivalries in the league including that between
the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals and the one between the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders. The
Metropolitan Division is currently the only division in the NHL without a Canadian Team.
Washington Capitals have had their jerseys retired: Rod Langway, Yvone Labre, Mike Gartner, and Dale Hunter. Dale Hunter also
has the distinction of being the player with the second most penalty minutes in NHL history.