Ovechkin reaches Stanley Cup final

24 May 2018 11:13:00 EST

Alex Ovechkin will play in his first Stanley Cup Final when the Washington Capitals travel to Las Vegas to take on the Vegas Golden Knights.

This, after the Capitals blanked the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Andre Burakovsky scored twice and Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom also lit the lamp as what could have been a memorable finale turned into something of an anti-climax.

Braden Holtby in the Washington net turned away all 29 shots that he faced as the Capitals made the Stanley Cup Final for only the second time in their franchise history.

Washington's first victory in the Stanley Cup Final will be their first overall as two decades ago the Capitals made the Final only to be swept in four games by the Detroit Red Wings.

In just about every scenario Ovechkin would be the sentimental story as the Russian superstar looks to add a Stanley Cup to his long list of achievements.

However the Capitals face the Cinderella story of the Golden Knights in the Final as Vegas looks to pull off the improbable and win it all in their inaugural season.

The Golden Knights have shown no fear as they have eliminated the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks and the Winnipeg Jets in each case in less than seven games.

Marc-Andre Fleury remains the key in the Vegas net and should the former Pittsburgh Penguins continue to play well it will be a tough series for the Capitals.

Meanwhile, the baseball season is well underway in the US and, in the MLB, the New York Yankees are 10000/1 to win the World Series with the Boston Red Sox 20/27 and the Washington Nationals are priced at 10000/1.

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