There were big goals and plenty of defining moments for the Washington Capitals in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Capitals received some critical bounces in the playoffs, something that has traditionally haunted them in previous postseason appearances.
The Capitals received some incredible “puck luck” throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This “puck luck” is something that every Cup winning club needs to win the Stanley Cup.
What were the biggest goals the Capitals scored in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs? What goals changed the club’s fortunes and helped propel them to their ultimate goal?
Let’s dive in to the Capitals best 2018 Stanley Cup Playoff goals:
LARS ELLER DOUBLE OVERTIME WINNER IN COLUMBUS
Down 2-0 in the series after losing the first two games at home, Lars Eller’s double overtime goal in Game 3 gave the Capitals life in the series. This goal was a product of some crazy bounces in the blue paint area, but good things happen when players drive hard to the front of the net. The Capitals would go on to win every game the rest of the way in this series.
EVGENY KUZNETSOV ENDS THE PENGUINS CURSE IN GAME 6 OVERTIME
The Capitals ended the 2nd round playoff curse against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6. Kuznetsov was given a nice feed from Ovechkin in the neutral zone, and he sealed the deal giving the Capitals a 2-1 victory. This goal gave the Capitals a lot of momentum heading into the Eastern Conference Finals series against Tampa Bay.
ANDRE BURAKOVSKY’S GAME 7 HEROICS
Andre Burakovsky battled through some injury issues this season, but he came up huge for the Capitals Game 7 matchup against Tampa Bay. His first goal is all created by hard work and determination. He would later add his second goal of the game to put the Capitals up 3-0. The Capitals would later finish off Tampa with a 4-0 victory.
BROOKS ORPIK SCORES THE UNLIKELY GOAL
It was his first goal since February 2016, but the Capitals veteran defenseman scored a critical third goal in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. By the bench’s reaction, one can tell how much this goal means to everyone. Orpik does not score often, but he is well respected by his teammates, coaches, and peers. The Capitals won Game 2 with a 3-2 score.
LARS ELLER SEALS THE DEAL WITH THE CUP-CLINCHING GOAL
Up 3-1 in the series, the Capitals went back to Las Vegas to try and win the Stanley Cup. The Capitals battled back in the 3rd period of this game. Lars Eller scored the game-winning goal to put the Capitals up 4-3 in this game. The Capitals never looked back and clinched their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
By: George Foussekis