The Washington Capitals are Eastern Conference Champions for the first time in 20 years as they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4 games to 3 to capture the Prince of Wales Trophy. The East Final went to a game 7 for the 5th straight year as the Capitals shutout the Lightning in games 6 and 7.
Ryan Reaves scores the decisive game-winner, Connor Hellebuyck reaches back to sweep the puck off the goal line and Marc-Andre Fleury makes a late key save to backstop the Golden Knights to a series win and a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season!
The Vegas Golden Knights, with 500-1 odds at the beginning of the season have become the 2nd NHL expansion team to reach the Stanley Cup Final. The first were the St. Louis Blues when all the expansion teams were in the same conference which guaranteed one of them would make the Final.
Led by the stellar play in goal of Marc-Andre Fluery, this team was on a mission and defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4 games to 1 to capture the Campbell Trophy as Western Conference champions.
In an odd move the alternate captain Deryk Engelland accepted the Campbell Trophy and carried it off the ice, breaking with superstition and tradition by touching the trophy. In the past teams never touched any trophy unless it was the Stanley Cup, however in 2017 Sidney Crosby of the Penguins carried the Prince of Wales Trophy off the ice and then went on to win the Final against the Nashville Predators.
Radio Broadcast: Boston vs Chicago 1978 Stanley Cup Quarterfinals
Radio highlights from the first three games of the Boston Bruins v.s. Chicago Blackhawks 1978 Stanley Cup quarterfinal series from the original broadcasts: WBZ 1030-AM Boston with Bob Wilson and WCFL 1000-AM Chicago with Ron Oakes. The Bruins took opener in the series, 6-1, at Boston Garden, but the Hawks fought hard and forced the next two games to overtime.
Alex Ovechkin, currently on a four-game goal streak (5g), ranks fifth among active players in playoff goals scored and averages more than a goal every two games (0.51 goals per game). No other player averages more than 0.43 goals per game in the top 10.
The NHL draft is held at the Forum in Montreal for the first time and the Chicago Blackhawks have the #3 overall pick. The Blackhawks got the pick from the Quebec Nordiques from a trade on June 9th 1979 in which the BlackHawks promised not to take Real Cloutier in the 1979 draft.
With their pick the 'Hawks drafted Montreal Juniors center Denis Savard, the 1980 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) MVP with 63 goals, 118 assist (181 points) in 72 games.