The last time the Capitals played in Tampa, they won the Prince of Wales Trophy. We recapped the best moments.
Tonight, the Washington Capitals will play in Tampa Bay’s Amalie Arena for the first time since becoming Eastern Conference champions on May 23, 2018.
After taking a commanding 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Final, the Caps lost the next three games to the NHL’s best team, looking vulnerable and likely to lose. Instead, Washington shutout the Lightning in the final two games to win the series 4-3 and advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1998. The celebration was raucous.
That night was beautiful and inspired some of the best content in RMNB history. It also led to change. Behind the scenes, our database was getting pummeled by web traffic and we couldn’t publish to our site after the game, leading to a front-page story in our hometown paper Stanley Cup-sized technical difficulties for Russian Machine Never Breaks.
Since then, the Capitals raised the Stanley Cup for the first time and we got a new website. I also had one of my most memorable moments as a fan after the game.