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X factors, picks for Capitals-Lightning Game 7

Which players' performances -- for better or worse -- will determine the winner of the Eastern Conference finals? Our panel weighs in.

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Ovechkin: You play hockey for 'this moment'

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and goaltender Braden Holtby emphasize staying in the moment and executing against the Lightning in Game 7.

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Stamkos, Lightning embracing Game 7

Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos says it'll be "game on" as soon as the puck drops in the conference finals against the Capitals.

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Capitals coach skates 'hot lap' before Game 7

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz subs in for captain Alex Ovechkin and skates the customary lap around the ice before Wednesday's practice in Tampa.

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Barnwell: Ultimate surprise sports runs -- where Vegas ranks

Does Vegas' Stanley Cup run make it the most unlikely finalist in modern American sports? Bill Barnwell looks at candidates across the big four.

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Vegas' success wasn't rigged: Here's how the Knights were built

No one expected Vegas to make the Stanley Cup Final this season. Here's how each player taken in the expansion draft has helped (or not).

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Why no NHL players made the World Fame 100 list

Hockey players were frozen out of our accounting of the 100 most famous athletes on the planet -- although, no surprise, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin came closest.

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Ovechkin: You play hockey for 'this moment'

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and goaltender Braden Holtby emphasize staying in the moment and executing against the Lightning in Game 7.

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Capitals coach skates 'hot lap' before Game 7

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz subs in for captain Alex Ovechkin and skates the customary lap around the ice before Wednesday's practice in Tampa.

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Stamkos, Lightning embracing Game 7

Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos says it'll be "game on" as soon as the puck drops in the conference finals against the Capitals.

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The Game 7 giveaway in Tampa. I guess you fold it and hit it to make noise. Or something.

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Washington's miserable history in winner-take-all games

The Capitals, Redskins, Wizards and Nationals have all seen heartbreak in winner-take-all playoff games recently.

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Vegas' inaugural season one for the record books

Follow the growth of the Golden Knights from selecting players to their regular and postseason success that leads them to the Stanley Cup Final.

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