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Caps Today, 5/16/13

Today’s Storyline

The Washington Capitals ECHL affiliate, the Reading Royals, won the Eastern Conference championship on Saturday, defeating Cincinnati 3-1 in Game 5 of the best-of-seven series. With the win the Royals captured the E.A. ‘Bud’ Gingher Memorial Trophy, as the Eastern Conference Playoff Champions, and will make their first Kelly Cup final appearance in franchise history.  

Reading is set to open the Kelly Cup final against the Stockton Thunder at home on Saturday, May 18, at 7:05 p.m. at the Sovereign Center. The Royals will host Game’s 1-2 before heading to Stockton for Game’s 3-5. If necessary, the teams will head back to Reading for Game’s 6-7.

Capitals prospects Stanislav Galiev, Brett Flemming and Dustin Stevenson have all suited up during the ECHL playoffs. Galiev (3g-6a) has tallied nine points in nine games while Flemming leads all Royals defensemen in goals (3) and is tied for the lead in points (9) among blueliners. Stevenson’s plus-12 plus/minus rating ranks second on the team.

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