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2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2018 Tale of the Tape: Washington D.C. vs Las Vegas

2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2018 Tale of the Tape: Washington D.C. vs Las Vegas

For the first time in 20 years, the Capitals are headed to the Stanley Cup Final

For the first time ever, they'll meet the Vegas Golden Knights there. 

The connections between the Caps and Golden Knights are everywhere.

George McPhee, the GM who brought the Caps to the finals in 1998, is at the helm for the Golden Knights now.

Nate Schmidt, a fan-favorite while in D.C., plays for Vegas, too. How else does D.C. and Vegas stack up?

We've compiled a useful list for you.

Washington D.C. vs. Vegas Tale of the Tape:

NHL Playoff Appearances: 28 (WAS) | 1 (VGK)

Stanley Cup Final Appearances: 1 (WAS) | 0 (VGK)

Stanley Cup Championships: 0 (WAS) | 0 (VGK)

Most Famous Celebrity: Dave Chappelle (WAS) | Jimmy Kimmel (VGK)

Most Famous Monument: The Washington Monument (WAS) | The Strip (VGK)

City Population: 693,972 (WAS) | 632,912  (VGK)

Best Song About The City: Mambo Sauce, "Welcome to D.C." (WAS) |Elvis Presley, "Viva Las Vegas" (VGK) 

Famous Zoo Animals: Giant Pandas (WAS) | None, Ha (VGK)

Biggest Gamble: Using the Metro when you need to get somewhere urgently (WAS) | The Venetian (VGK)

Biggest Draw: All the museums are free (WAS) | Literally any casino (VFK)

Most Impressive Dam System:  Tidewater Lock (WAS) | Hoover Dam (VGK) (it counts) 

Animals Native to Area: Eastern Gray Squirrel (WAS) | Desert bighorn sheep (VGK) 

City's Nickname: Chocolate City (WAS) | Sin City (VGK) 

The Capitals vs. Golden Knights 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final series gets started with Game 1 on Monday, May 27th at 8:00 p.m. on NBC Sports. (Channel Finder)

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Capitals hosting Rock The Rink skate and watch parties around DMV

Capitals hosting Rock The Rink skate and watch parties around DMV

The Capitals may not be participating in Stadium Series this year, but the team is embracing outdoor hockey around Washington for spirited game day fun.

The Caps are hosting Rock The Rink skates at The Wharf, Penatgon Row, Rockville Town Square and The Avenue at White Marsh on select game days from January to March 2020. Fans attending these events can wear Capitals jerseys or gear to get either $5 off admission or free skate rentals.

The Wharf

Jan. 18 at 1 p.m., Jan. 31 at 6 p.m., and Feb 17. at 1 p.m.

Transit Pier will boast a Capitals-paneled ice rink with an ice resurfacer, trivia contests, giveaways, along with a DJ. The Capitals Campire will also boast Adirondack chairs around a fire to roast marshmallows for smores in front of a 14-foot jumbotron screen to watch the Capitals games. 

Pentagon Row

Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. and March 9 at 6 p.m.

These skates will feature Slapshot, giveaways, a DJ and Capitals-centic specials at local restaurants. The Caps games will also be on at surrounding bars. 

The Avenue at White March

Feb. 7 at 6 p.m.

This event will feature Slapshot, giveaways, a DJ and Capitals-centic specials at local restaurants.

Rockville Town Square

Jan. 31 at 5:30 p.m. and March 5 at 6 p.m.

In addition to the above fun, Rockville native and Capitals hockey ambassador Haley Skarupa will be there on Jan. 31. You can watch the Capitals game at local bars as well. 

Fans attending these events or using local outdoor rinks this season are encouraged to post about it on social media by tagging @capitals and using the hashtag #RockTheRink to enter themselves for a chance to win prizes.

Caps slept through the first 40 minutes, they did not give Holtby much help though he was bad in his own right and Vrana sure did show something with the game-winning goal.

As for no penalties...not so much.

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Caps pull off inexplicable comeback win with five-goal third period

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Caps pull off inexplicable comeback win with five-goal third period

Down 4-1, the Capitals scored five goals in the third period for the incredible 6-4 comeback win over the New York Islanders on Saturday. Alex Ovechkin scored a hat trick pulling him in a tie with Steve Yzerman for ninth all-time in goals.

Here is how the Caps won.

Ovechkin

Ovechkin was hot coming in with five goals in his past two games. He scored midway through the first period, getting a great pass in stride from Nicklas Backstrom to launch him behind the defense. Just as the defense closed in he fired a wrister past Semyon Varlamov to make it 1-0.

There is...pretty much nothing positive to say after that until the third period. There was a great 5-on-3 penalty kill, but it was essentially negated as they allowed a goal soon after. The Islanders built a 4-1 lead through 40 minutes and it looked all but over.

But after Carl Hagelin made it 4-2, Ovechkin pulled the Caps to within one, pulling the vintage back-to-front Ovechkin curl-and-drag before passing to the front where the puck deflected off the boot of Ryan Pulock and in.

After Jakub Vrana made it 5-4, Ovechkin added the empty-netter for the knockout punch.

With three goals, Ovechkin now has 34 on the season. He passed Mario Lemieux and tied Steve Yzerman for ninth all-time in goals. Incredibly, this is the first time in his career Ovechkin has three straight multi-goal games.

Motivation

Just what exactly lit the fire under the Caps butts for that third period will probably be a talking point after the game. Was it Devon Toews doing the bird celebration after he scored to make it 4-1? Was it pulling Braden Holtby and starting Ilya Samsonov in the third period? Was it something Todd Reirden or one of the players said?

Whatever it was, it was a different Caps team that took the ice for the third period.

Hagelin's turnaround

As great as Ovechkin's performance was -- and it was epic -- it might not happen without the Carl Hagelin's early third-period tally.

The comeback was sparked by Hagelin's goal that came less than three minutes into the final frame. A great pass by Richard Panik set Hagelin up on the doorstep and he hit it home.

That goal made it 4-2 and a two-goal deficit seems a lot less daunting than a three-goal one.

Shaky Varlamov

Once Ovechkin made it 4-3, you could smell the blood in the water. Washington had gotten to Varlamov and the flood gates were open.

Dmitry Orlov took the puck up to the top of the faceoff circle and fired a slap shot that Wilson managed to get a stick to and deflected it through Varlamov to tie the game.

About three minutes later, Vrana intercepted a pass and fired a quick shot to beat Varlamov far-side for the 5-4 lead.

Varlamov faced 10 shots in the third period and allowed four goals. The fifth came on an empty net.

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