The 2017–18 NHL season was the 101st season of operation (100th season of play) of the National Hockey League. Washington Capitals winning their first Stanley Cup in the Finals over the Vegas Golden Knights in five games. The Washington Capitals (colloquially known as the Caps) are a professional ice hockey team based in Washington, D.C. They compete in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a member of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference. The 2018 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 2017–18 season and the culmination of the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs.