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Arkansas' offense regains form in Kentucky win

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Arkansas' offense regains form in Kentucky win

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas running back Jonathan Williams had a good feeling Saturday morning when he tweeted that he would score a touchdown later that night against Kentucky.

Williams made good on his prediction on the Razorbacks' first play against the Wildcats, scoring on a 74-yard wheel route out of the backfield and opening the door for the eventual 49-7 rout.

``I'd rather have him confident than unconfident,'' Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino said. ``I'm just glad he didn't say it was going to be on the first play and give them a heads up.''

The touchdown was the first of two long scoring catches for Williams during a night in which the Razorbacks (3-4, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) rediscovered a bit of their form in the weather-shortened win. They outgained Kentucky 533-170 in total yardage even though the game was called because of lightning with 5:08 remaining in the third quarter, looking every bit like the team that led the SEC in scoring and total offense last season.

Arkansas has now won two in a row entering its bye week, and it's done so by a combined score of 73-14. The convincing wins have brought out memories of the ``old'' Arkansas, one that was a combined 21-5 the last two seasons and was ranked No. 8 during this preseason.

Those lofty expectations quickly fell by the wayside during a four-game losing streak under interim coach John L. Smith. What was left is a humbled version of the Razorbacks, one that thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated every part of the relaxing 42-0 halftime lead against Kentucky (1-6, 0-4) - a far cry from the team that lost its first two SEC games this season by a combined 110-10.

``It was good to see us get back on track,'' Arkansas running back Knile Davis said. ``Just winning, whether it's a blowout or not. Just winning is a great feeling.''

What also felt good for the Razorbacks was the knowledge they are entering their bye week, an opportunity for a team that's been besieged by injuries to rest and recover. They played the Wildcats without their top two defensive players, Alonzo Highsmith and Tenarius Wright - both who underwent surgery last week and are out for the season - but tight end Chris Gragg is expected to return against Mississippi after missing three games with a bone bruise in his leg.

The game against the Rebels will go a long way to determining if Arkansas' slim bowl hopes are a reality. Following the game against Ole Miss, the Razorbacks host Tulsa before closing their season with difficult games against No. 9 South Carolina, No. 15 Mississippi State and No. 6 LSU.

``You can smile a little bit going into the bye week,'' Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson said. ``I think it's really important we maintain focus and not take the week off and come in hot this back half of the schedule.''

While the Razorbacks exited Saturday with smiles, Kentucky's season-long woes continued in the loss.

The Wildcats started Jalen Whitlow at quarterback following injuries to Maxwell Smith and Patrick Towles, and the freshman struggled mightily - finishing 2 of 10 passing for 83 yards. Senior Morgan Newton also saw limited action at quarterback, a position that's now seen Kentucky try four different options this season.

None worked against Arkansas, with Newton finishing 2 of 5 for 21 yards. The lack of a passing attack allowed the Razorbacks to concentrate on stopping the Wildcats' rushing attack, holding them to 66 yards rushing on 25 carries and sending Kentucky to its fifth straight loss.

``We've been affected by quarterbacks being in and out of the rotation,'' Kentucky coach Joker Phillips said. ``But we have to try and find a way to be more consistent. We have to regroup and get ready to play another top-ranked team in Georgia.''

Wilson had no such problems throwing the ball Saturday for Arkansas, even with the inclement weather and two stoppages because of lightning. The senior threw for 372 yards, and his five touchdown passes matched Ryan Mallett's school record for most in a game.

Wilson missed a game and a half earlier this season with a concussion, but his return to form has the Razorbacks thinking anything is possible - including reaching a bowl game. It's a process they are taking step by step.

``Right now, (what) we have to do again, is take this week - the bye week - and continue to grow,'' Smith said. ``We have to continue to get better this week, and I think we can do that. We have to do that.''

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NHL Stanley Cup Final 2018: Capitals vs. Golden Knights full schedule announced, date, time, TV channel, how to watch

NHL Stanley Cup Final 2018: Capitals vs. Golden Knights full schedule announced, date, time, TV channel, how to watch

The Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights are the only two hockey teams left standing and will meet to decide the 2017-18 NHL Stanley Cup champion.

The Capitals advanced to the Stanley Cup FInal for the first time since 1998, thanks to a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

The Golden Knights, in their inaugural season, shocked the NHL world, defeating the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks and Winnipeg Jets to become the first team in major American professional sports history to reach the championship game in the franchise's first season.

The Capitals and Golden Knights met twice during the regular season, with Vegas coming out on top in both games. The Golden Knights blanked the Caps 3-0 in the Caps' first trip to Sin City, and bested the Caps 4-3 at Capital One Arena on Feb. 4.

Game 1 of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final between the Capitals and Golden Knights takes place on Monday, May 28 at 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC and is available to be streamed online by using the NBC Sports App.

NBC Sports Washington will broadcast pre- and postgame coverage of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final between the Capitals and Golden Knights,  with Caps FaceOff and Caps GameTime preceding Capitals vs. Golden Knights puck drop and Caps Extra and Caps OverTime following the end of each game. 

2018 STANLEY CUP FINAL HOW TO WATCH

Game 1: Capitals at Golden Knights
Date: Monday, May 28
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET 
Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.
TV Channel: NBC 
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Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan)

Game 2: Capitals at Golden Knights
Date: Wednesday, May 30
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET 
Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.
TV Channel: NBCSN
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Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan)

Game 3: Golden Knights at Capitals
Date: Saturday, June 2
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET 
Location: Capital One Arena. Washington, D.C.
TV Channel: NBCSN
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Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan)

Game 4: Golden Knights at Capitals
Date: Monday, June 4
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET 
Location: Capital One Arena. Washington, D.C.
TV Channel: NBC 
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Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan)

Game 5 (If Necessary): Capitals at Golden Knights
Date: Thursday, June 7
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET 
Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.
TV Channel: NBC 
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Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan)

Game 6 (If Necessary): Golden Knights at Capitals
Date: Sunday, June 10
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET 
Location: Capital One Arena. Washington, D.C.
TV Channel: NBC 
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Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan)

Game 7 (If Necessary): Capitals at Golden Knights
Date: Wednesday, June 13
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET 
Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.
TV Channel: NBC 
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Alex Ovechkin scored the goal that sent the Capitals to the Stanley Cup Final

Alex Ovechkin scored the goal that sent the Capitals to the Stanley Cup Final

On June 4, 1998, Joe Juneau scored the biggest goal in the history of the Washington Capitals.

In Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final, Juneau attacked the crease and shot in a rebound past a helpless Dominik Hasek in overtime to defeat the Buffalo Sabres and win the Eastern Conference.

That goal sent the Capitals to its first and, before 2018, only Stanley Cup Final.

Alex Ovechkin’s name was already etched in the history books for the Capitals several times over, but on Wednesday he added it again with the biggest goal of his career. His goal in Game 7 stood as the game-winner meaning it was the goal that sent the Capitals to their second Cup Final.

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It did not come in overtime and was not quite as dramatic as Juneau’s. In fact, no one knew the significance of the goal at the time. It came just 62 seconds into the contest. It was a significant goal, but no one realized right away that it would be an historic one.

How fitting is it that Ovechkin scored the game-winner? Ovechkin who this team was built around, who reignited the franchise and built Washington into a hockey city. After all the criticism over the years, all the talk about how he can’t win, all talk about how the team should take away the C and all the talk about how the Caps should trade him and start over, this goal was not just a moment of history, but one of vindication.

When we look back on Ovechkin’s career, at all the individual awards and accomplishments, this one single goal will stand above the rest. This was the biggest game of his career and he scored the biggest goal of his career just 62 seconds in.

There’s one way he can top that: lead the Caps past Vegas for their first Stanley Cup.

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