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About Washington Capitals

Come watch the dynamic team that is the Washington Capitals as they battle some of the best teams in the league. The Capitals are in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League and play within the Metropolitan Division. The team plays home games at the Capital One Arena located around Chinatown in Washington, D.C. Get your hands on some cheap Washington Capitals tickets today to see a high-paced, dynamic game of hockey!

History of the Washington Capitals

The Washington Capitals were originally founded in 1974 as an expansion team for the National Hockey League. The team started out slow because of their inability to draft players who had real professional experience under their belts. After a disappointing nine years with no playoff appearances, the team made it to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, only to be eliminated after the first round by the New York Islanders. For the next fourteen years the Capitals would make the playoffs but not get past the first two rounds. However, it was not until 1998 that the team made it to the Stanley Cup Final playing against the defending champion the Detroit Red Wings, ultimately getting swept in four games. In 2004, the Washington Capitals drafted Alexander Ovechkin, who in his rookie season exceeded many expectations set around the league. Even with the addition of star players such as Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom the team was still struggling to produce in the off season.

Bringing Home Their First Cup

In 2014 the team hired Barry Trotz as their new head coach. In just their first year under the leadership of Trotz, the Capitals made it to the playoffs facing off in the first round against the Philadelphia Flyers, and then in the second round against the eventual Stanley Cup Champion for the season- the Pittsburgh Penguins. In the 2017 playoffs the Washington Capitals made it the second round once again against the Penguins. They ended up being defeated in seven games, leading many to believe that the Capitals were incapable of making it out of the second round of the playoffs. The Capitals once again made it to the post season as a top contender in the 2018 playoffs, this time advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals after narrowly defeating the top seeded Tampa Bay Lightning. The Capitals were set to face off against the Vegas Golden Knights, who were not only in their inaugural season but were also exceeding many expectations set around the league. In just five games the Washington Capitals defeated the Golden Knights and hoisted their first ever Stanley Cup. With their win in 2018, the Capitals were the first team in the Washington D.C. area to bring home a championship title in over 26 years. Although following the team’s victory in 2018 Barry Trotz resigned to coach for the New York Islanders, it was under Trotz that the team was able to win their first Stanley Cup of franchise history in 2018. Today with star players from the Cup winning team still on the roster, Capitals fans are expecting big things from the team this upcoming season!

The Washington Capitals Arena

The Washington Capitals play their home games at Capital One Arena located in Washington, D.C. This has been the home for the team since 1997 before the move they played at the Capital Centre in a suburb just outside of Washington D.C. Capital One arena is known for hosting various other sporting events including Washington Wizards games, as well as concerts and events.

Rivalries

Attending a game between the Capitals and any of their rivals will be a memory that will not be soon forgotten! These high energy, extremely competitive games are enough to make even the slightest of fans jump out of their seat with excitement. Major rivals include the New York Islanders, Pittsburgh PenguinsPhiladelphia Flyers, and more recently the Vegas Golden Knights.

Washington Capitals vs Pittsburgh Penguins

Perhaps one of the greatest rivalries in the entire league lies within the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The two teams both play within the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference, meaning they face off regularly on the ice both in the regular season and the post season! In total the two have met in the post season eleven times, with the Penguins coming out victorious in nine out of the eleven appearances. While the rivalry between the two has been existent since they both became members of the league, it really reached a peak with the help of super stars Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. Considered as two of the best players active in the league, when the two face off on the ice it is like watching history in the making. With the Capitals defeating the Penguins in the second round of the 2018 playoffs, the Penguins are looking to regain their footing against the team. If there is one Capitals game that is a must-see event, it is one that they play against the Pittsburgh Penguins!

As one of the most dynamic up and coming teams in the league, attending a Capitals game is something that should be on every hockey fan’s bucket list! Don’t miss your chance to snag up some cheap Capitals tickets, order yours now!

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