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Based in Washington, D.C., the Washington Capitals were founded in 1974 as an expansion franchise. The team, also known as “the Caps” by fans, experienced a disastrous first season, posting a record of 8–67–5, which still stands as the worst record in NHL history.
The Washington Capitals continued to struggle for several years until all-star Mike Gartner led the team to 5 consecutive second-place divisional finishes between 1983 and 1988. Washington won its first division title in 1989 and appeared in the conference finals in 1990, but the Capitals failed to advance any further in the post-season through the mid-1990s.
In 1998, the Washington Capitals won their first conference title and earned their first spot in the Stanley Cup Finals, but lost to the Red Wings. The team posted winning records in 4 of the 5 seasons following their Stanley Cup appearance, but never advanced past the first round of the playoffs during that period.
In 2004, the Capitals drafted superstar Alex Ovechkin. He led the team to 4 straight division titles between 2008 and 2011 and another division championship in 2013. The team was gaining momentum.
Washington Capitals Ticket Holders finally saw the Caps win their first conference title in 20 years, earning a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals where they defeated the Vegas Golden Knights (a first-year franchise) in 5 games. The victory was not only the first championship in the Capitals’ 44-year history, but also Washington, D.C.’s first major professional sports title in more than 25 years.
Attending a Washington Capitals game is a time-honored tradition in D.C. Thousands Washington Capitals Ticket Holders flock to the Capital One Arena to root for the Caps. Fans who want to see the Washington Capitals defend their recent Stanley Cup win can get tickets at Golden Tickets.