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Caps win Game 7 in Tampa, make Cup final

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Alex Ovechkin scored early and Andre Burakovsky added two second-period goals to help the Washington Capitals put a decade of playoff frustration behind them with a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final Wednesday night.

Braden Holtby stopped 29 shots for his second straight shutout and the Lightning, who led the NHL in goals during the regular season, failed to score in the last 159 minutes, 27 seconds - a stretch of nearly eight periods.

Ovechkin, who had never advanced beyond the second round, scored 1:02 into the winner-take-all showdown he had described as probably the "biggest game in my life."

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2 C. Giroux, Phi1023468
3 N. Kucherov, TB1003961
4 E. Malkin, Pit984256
5 N. MacKinnon, Col973958
6 T. Hall, NJ933954
7 A. Kopitar, LA923557
8 P. Kessel, Pit923458
9 B. Wheeler, Wpg912368
10 S. Crosby, Pit892960
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Rank Player GAA
1 C. Hutton, StL2.09
2 A. Raanta, Ari2.24
3 M. Fleury, VGK2.24
4 C. Crawford, Chi2.27
5 P. Rinne, Nsh2.31
6 P. Grubauer, Was2.35
7 R. Miller, Anh2.35
8 C. Hellebuyck, Wpg2.36
9 T. Rask, Bos2.36
10 J. Quick, LA2.40
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