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Lightning chasing history, but Caps know that's no guarantee in Stanley Cup playoffs


Lightning chasing history, but Caps know that's no guarantee in Stanley Cup playoffs originally appeared on nbcsportswashington.com


Yes, the two teams met last year in an epic Eastern Conference Final series that went seven games and eventually led to Washington's first Stanley Cup.


But while those Red Wings and those Canadiens went on to win the Cup, it is the 2009-10 Capitals and 2008-09 Sharks that should serve as a warning sign to Tampa Bay.


They are a deep, complete team led by captain Steven Stamkos and likely Hart Trophy winner Nikita Kucherov , who tops the NHL with 115 points.


The core of Tampa Bay's team played for the Cup in 2015 against the Chicago Blackhawks and have been to the Eastern Conference Final in 2016 and 2018 and lost in seven games to the Pittsburgh Penguins and last spring to the Capitals.


Only 25 players have ever posted that long a streak and 23 of them are in the Hockey Hall of Fame and the other two (Henrik Sedin, Joe Thornton) are not yet eligible.






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