It's been a rough night for St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen. Allen allowed four goals on 10 shots on the night which earned him the hook in the second period...and in the first.
Yes, Allen was chased twice by the Caps on Thursday.
Allen allowed two goals on the first three shots he faced on the night as Andre Burakovsky and Jay Beagle each scored. That earned him the early hook at just 7:41 into the game in favor of backup Carter Hutton.
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But the hook was only temporary as Allen kept his gear on while on the bench. In an attempt to settle down his team's netminder, head coach Ken Hitchcock gave Allen a brief trip to the bench. Just 2:22 later, Allen came back into the game.
So did it work? No, no it did not.
St. Louis got on the board early in the second period, but the Caps responded with two quick goals. After just 11 shots on goal, the Caps had four goals on the board. Allen was pulled for good at the 7:33 mark of the second period.
Allen is just the latest victim of the Caps' onslaught. In 2017, Washington has already chased four goalies: Sergei Bobrovsky, Corey Crawford, Steve Mason and Jake Allen...twice. That's not for the season, that's for the calendar year of 2017.
So chin up, Allen! The Caps are doing it to just about everyone these days.
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The Capitals are the Eastern Conference Champions!
After dispatching Tampa Bay in Game 7, the Caps claimed the conference crown for just the second time in franchise history. But they're not done yet. Now it's on to Vegas to face the Golden Knights for the Stanley Cup.
JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir break down the Caps' win over the Lightning and look ahead to the matchup with the Knights.
Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.
In what is perhaps the most unexpected Stanley Cup Final pairing in recent memory, the Washington Capitals and the Las Vegas Golden Knights are going to make history this year.
Either it is going to be the first expansion team to win a title in their first season, or it will be a team looking to end a 27-year title drought for one of the biggest cities in the United States.
But what it will not be is the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup.
Going even farther back than the Capitals last Stanley Cup appearance (1998), the Georgetown Hoyas and UNLV Rebels met in the 1991 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Sin City took the first, and up until now, the only postseason bout between these two cities. The Larry Johnson-led University of Las Vegas squad powered right past the Hoyas in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.
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Coming fresh off the NCAA title in 1990, UNLV waltzed right to the Final Four before meeting their demise against Duke. It also ended up being the last game for Dikembe Mutombo in a Georgetown uniform.
While in all likely-hood this will not be the final game/ series for Alex Ovechkin rocking the red, it may be his last and only chance for him to play this far into a postseason.
In the past two seasons, Vegas has gone from zero professional teams to having a Stanley Cup contender, a WNBA franchise, and lined up to take over the Oakland Raiders in 2020.
Now time for the Golden Knights' Cinderella story to come up a little bit short.
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