The Capitals won their first Presidents’ Trophy and the second in franchise history in November, but they have never won the Presidents’ Cup in their 20 seasons in the National Hockey League.
The team’s history in the postseason, however, has been remarkable.
The Capitals’ last playoff appearance came in 1997, when they won the Cup in seven games over the Anaheim Ducks.
The Capitals are on the verge of making history for the first time in franchise playoff history, having already claimed the Presidents Cup and the Presidents Trophy twice.
The Presidents’ trophy is the most prestigious award in the NHL.
The Presidents’ Hockey League is the only major professional league with no playoff series to determine who has the best record in the league.
The award is awarded to the best regular-season record in a season.
The winner of the Presidents title and Presidents’ tournament will be named an Olympic hockey player.
The NHL playoffs are typically decided by a best-of-seven series.
The Panthers and Sabres will face off in the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday, Feb. 17.
The winner of that series will face the Capitals in the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Panthers are a two-time defending champion and have a record of 33-9-3 in the series.
The Sabres are a perennial contender, winning the Stanley Cups in 2003 and 2009.
The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Tuesday, March 4, to win the Presidents trophy.
The two teams have played six Presidents’ titles, with the Hurricanes winning four.
The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Boston Bruins 4-1 in the Presidents final to win their first Stanley Cup.
The Penguins have reached the playoffs five times, and they have won five straight.
The Red Wings won their only Presidents’ final in 2005, when the Red Wings beat the Penguins in seven.
The Washington Capitals won the Stanley Trophy in 2008, and have reached their third Presidents’ Final in franchise postseason history.
They also won the award in 2012, when Pavel Datsyuk won the title.
The Predators swept the Blackhawks in the first round of the playoffs to reach the Stanley Series in 2015, but the Blackhawks won the series in six games and reached the second round of playoffs.
The New York Islanders defeated the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in seven game to advance to the Eastern Final.
The Islanders defeated Nashville 4-0 in seven to reach their second Presidents’ Finals appearance.
The San Jose Sharks defeated the Florida Panthers 3-0 to win both Presidents’ Trophies.
The Sharks also won in six.
The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 to win Presidents’ trophies for the third time in team history.
The Flyers also won their Presidents’ Cups in 2013 and 2016.
The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Arizona Coyotes 4-3 to reach Stanley Cup finals for the fourth time in five seasons.
The Lightning also won Presidents’ gold in 2017.
The Chicago Blackhawks won their third Stanley Cup in franchise regular-play history in 2011.
The Blackhawks are now 34-19-8 in Presidents’ finals, including 15-13-1 overall.
The Los Angeles Kings and Nashville Predators have never reached the finals of the NHL postseason.
The St. Louis Blues won their fourth Presidents’ title in franchise playoffs history in 2017, defeating the Nashville Predators 3-3.
The Blues won in five games to reach a Presidents’ Series.
The Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the San Jose Kings 4-2 in the conference finals to win Stanley Cup for the second time in three seasons.