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2018 Washington Capitals Stanley Cup championship parade information

2018 Washington Capitals Stanley Cup championship parade information

It’s finally here. For decades, Washingtonians have seen other cities take over streets, celebrate, and welcome home a championship trophy.

On Tuesday, June 12, it’s our time. A championship parade comes to Washington.

The Capitals championship parade will begin at 11:00 am on Tuesday, June 12. The parade route will run on Consitution Avenue, starting at 17th Street and ending in a rally at 7th Street. 

Winning the first Stanley Cup title in franchise history, the Washington Capitals made it to the top of the mountaintop. A diverse city will all come together as one and celebrate the Caps winning the 2018 Stanley Cup over the Vegas Golden Knights.

Thousands will ‘Rock the Red,’ on the roads of our nation’s capital as the parade route will culminate at the National Mall, with the iconic Capitol Building as the backdrop.

There, expect Alex Ovechkin and the rest of the Capitals to address their fans and give long-time D.C. Sports fans a moment many have been waiting for their entire lives.

GENERAL CAPITALS STANLEY CUP PARADE INFORMATION:

Date: Tuesday, June 12

Start time: 11:00 am

Where: Constitution Ave, Washington D.C. (17th Street to 7th Street)

How to watch: Watch live on NBC Sports Washington and streaming at NBCSportsWashington.com/CapitalsStream

CAPITALS STANLEY CUP PARADE MAP: 

To be announced...

CAPITALS STANLEY CUP PARADE ROAD CLOSURES:

Road closures take effect at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday and last until 3:30 p.m after the parade and rally finish.

All traffic from the following roads will be redirected towards eastbound I-395:

  • Inbound 14th Street Bridge Main Line
  • Inbound 14th Street Bridge HOV
  • Northbound 12th Street Tunnel

On the Eastbound side of the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge, all traffic will be directed toward E Street Expressway/Potomac River Freeway.

The following road closures will require detours for motorists and drivers:

  • Southbound Ninth Street Tunnel
  • Constitution Avenue NW from Sixth Street to 23rd Street NW
  • Ninth Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to I-395
  • 10th Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 12th Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 14th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 15th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 17th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 18th Street from New York Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 19th Street from Virginia Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 20th Street form C Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 21st Street from C Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 22nd Street from C Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 23rd Street from Virginia Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • Virginia Avenue NW from 18th to 19th streets NW
  • Madison Drive from Fourth to 15th Streets NW
  • Jefferson Drive from 14th to Fourth Streets SW
  • Henry Bacon Drive SW from Lincoln Memorial Circle to Constitution Avenue NW
  • Parkway Drive SW from Independence Avenue, to Lincoln Memorial Circle

 

NOTABLE STOPS FOR CAPITALS STANLEY CUP PARADE:

Final Stop: National Mall (at 7th street) with staging

Fanatics Merchandise Stands: 9th Street NW and 6th Street NW on the west curbs

NOTABLE GUESTS AT THE CAPITALS STANLEY CUP PARADE:

METRO ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE CAPITALS STANLEY CUP PARADE:

Fans are encouraged to take the Metro as parking will be EXTREMELY limited near the parade route and many roads will be closed to accommodate the parade and crowd. 

The following roads and intersections will be closed for parking from Monday at 6:30 p.m. to Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.:

  • Seventh Street's restrictions extend through 11 p.m. on Tuesday, as follows:
    • Emergency (no parking) from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
    • Closed from Constitution Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW during the same time.
  • Constitution Avenue NW from Sixth Street to 23rd Street NW
  • Ninth Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to I-395
  • 10th Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 12th Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 14th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 15th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 17th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 18th Street from New York Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 19th Street from Virginia Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 20th Street form C Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 21st Street from C Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 22nd Street from C Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 23rd Street from C Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • Virginia Avenue NW from 18th Street to 19th Street NW
  • Independence Avenue SW from Third to 14th Street SW
  • Madison Drive from Fourth to 15th Streets NW
  • Jefferson Drive from 14th to Fourth Streets SW
  • Henry Bacon Drive, SW from Lincoln Memorial Circle to Constitution Avenue NW
  • Parkway Drive SW from Independence Avenue to Lincoln Memorial Circle

 

SPECIAL GUESTS FOR THE CAPITALS' STANLEY CUP PARADE:

  • F-16 Fighting Falcons from the D.C. Air National Guard will fly over the parade along the Potomac River, culminating near Independence and 23rd Street NW
  • Mayor Muriel Bowser and members of the Washington, DC City Council
  • Eastern High School Blue and White Marching Machine Marching Band
  • Ballou High School Majestic Knights Marching Band
  • Longtime season ticket olders who have had season tickets since the Capitals’ inaugural season in 1974
  • DC Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes & Drums
  • Monumental Sports & Entertainment owners and staff
  • Capitals alumni
  • Capital One Arena Ice Crew and Olympia ice resurfacers
  • Metropolitan Police Department
  • Arlington County Police Department
  • Washington Capitals Red Rockers
  • Slapshot
  • The broadcast voices of the Washington Capitals: Joe Beninati, John Walton, Alan May, Craig Laughlin, Al Koken, Tarik El-Bashir
  • 106.7 The Fan, official radio partner of the Washington Capitals
  • Elliot in the Morning’s Elliot Segal
  • Participation from Washington Capitals’ partners Budweiser, Capital One, Etihad Airways, Ford, Geico, Giant, Mars, Pepsi, Red River and the Washington Post
  • Capitals SuperFan Fatima Al Ali of the United Arab Emirates National Women's Hockey Team and Etihad Airlines' Cabin Crew

 

HOW TO WATCH THE CAPITALS STANLEY CUP PARADE:

The Washington Capitals Stanley Cup championship parade will be the LIVE on NBC Sports Washington. Watch all day coverage on NBCSW (click here for the channel finder) and streaming at NBCSportsWashington.com/CapitalsStream. Be sure to follow all of our championship parade content on our website.

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Over an estimated 100,000 fans will likely show up to celebrate the city's first championship in over two decades. Afterall, over 70,000 people tried to get free tickets to the Capital One Arena watch party in mere minutes.

That amount, and more, showed up outside the arena on the night the Capitals won the Stanley Cup.

Go ahead and call your boss, let them know you’re going to be sick, or use those vacation days that you were saving in your back pocket. It took 26 years for a championship to find its way back here. There’s no excuse good enough to miss this.

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TJ Oshie snipes, the disconnect on the breakouts and is it time to shuffle the lines?

TJ Oshie snipes, the disconnect on the breakouts and is it time to shuffle the lines?

The Capitals tried to win a 60-minute game with only a strong 20 minutes of play in the third period on Monday, but they ultimately lost to the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 after spotting Vegas a 3-0 lead.

Check out a recap of the game here.

Observations from the loss

Puck management

Here's a summary of Vegas' first goal. A stretch pass caught two Caps defensemen on the left side of the ice, allowing William Carrier in on the breakaway. Braden Holtby slowed down the puck and John Carlson was able to sweep it off the goal line. Vegas won the loose puck, cycled the puck, Tomas Nosek had all the time in the world to find an open Carrier who set up Nick Holden who was open in front of the crease.

How many ways can a team screw up on one play?

Carlson was the right defenseman on the breakaway. I don't know why he was all the way over on the left. I thought at first he got caught trying to make a line change, but his total shift after the goal was scored was 40 seconds so it was unlikely he was trying to get off the ice. The loose puck after the breakaway was immediately picked up by Vegas. If the Caps win that puck battle, there's no goal. While Vegas was able to quickly set up its offense off the rush, the Caps defense scrambled badly and never got settled.

This was really how the first 40 minutes went. Vegas managed the puck well and won puck battles. Washington did neither of those things.

There's a disconnect between the defense and offense on the breakout

Washington is awful at breaking the puck out of the defensive zone on defense. If the offense is not carrying the puck up the ice on the breakout, it leads to a turnover far too often.

There are three recurring issues I keep seeing on breakouts from the defense. First, the defense holds onto the puck and holds it...holds it...holds it until the forecheckers attack, cut off all the passing lanes and suddenly there is nowhere to go with the puck. The second thing is the passing back and forth between the defense deeper and deeper in the defensive zone until they get hemmed in by the forecheckers and turn the puck over. The passing back and forth behind the goal line without any hope of advancing the puck drives me nuts. The third recurring issue is a stretch pass that has literally zero chance of being successful. A defenseman will have the puck in the defensive zone, look up ice and try to throw a pass cross ice to the offensive blue line which easily gets cut off in the neutral zone.

What's the recurring issue in each of these situations? The forecheck or trap cutting between the offense and the defense.

When you get get a good stretch pass through the forecheck/trap, it can lead to breakaways. Vegas got two in the first period doing that, but those passes have to be open. The Caps are not attempting those passes because the seas are parting and there's a passing lane, these passes are getting thrown into traffic with almost no chance of success. Watching the defense pass back and forth behind the goal line is just as infuriating to watch, and both of these things happen because the three forwards are zipping up ice leaving the defense with few options while trying to get past the forecheck.

There's a disconnect here between the offense and defense in that the forwards are not giving easy passing options to the defensemen and the defensemen are taking too long to distribute the puck.

Time to change the lines

The offense has gotten stale, it's time to change things up. I know coaches like to get their lines in place later into the season, but the Caps are now 11-11-0 in their past 22 games and 4-6-0 since returning from the all-star break. The time to let them just play their way out of this has passed. Changes are needed to find a spark.

To his credit, Todd Reirden does shuffle up lines and pairings within a game, but there was none of that at least among the forward lines on Monday. Michal Kempny missed much of the first period which forced some defensive shuffling, but that was about it. It's time to shake things up to get the team out of this rut.

Turning point

There are several universal truths in the game of hockey and one of them is that if a team botches a big scoring chance on one end, it usually leads to a goal on the other. T.J. Oshie may have scored twice on Monday in the third period, but he should have scored in the first period with an empty-net yawning. Marc-Andre Fleury made a save on a shot from Nicklas Backstrom and the rebound bounced right to Oshie who swung at the puck twice and missed as he was falling to the ice. Vegas broke the puck out of the zone and on the resulting cycle scored to make it 2-0.

Washington was not playing well at all to that point, but Oshie still had a chance to tie the game on his stick. It could have been a completely different game if he buried it. He could not capitalize, but the Golden Knights could as Reilly Smith made it 2-0.

Play of the game

Both of Oshie's goals deserve shoutouts because both were fantastic snipes.

Stat of the game

Washington has looked like a completely different hockey team since Dec. 23 and not in a good way. Here are some stats from NBC Sports Washington's Caps Postgame Live:

The offense is still producing fairly well, but defense and special teams have been absolutely atrocious.

Quote of the game

T.J. Oshie was asked about why so much of the offensive has been one-and-done lately. His full answer on the struggles on the forecheck and the limited offense that comes with it was very good, but this was my takeaway:

"It's amazing how much starts from our D-zone...for the most part we know how to play in the O-zone, it's just we've got to enter the zone as a group of five whether that's carrying the puck or chipping it in so that we have speed and we can support each other."

See above about the disconnect between the offense and the defense.on the breakouts. They are not playing like a five-man unit in sync with each other. They look like a three-man forward line and a two-man defensive pair playing together and neither knows what the other wants to do.

Fan predictions

Sure felt like that's where this was headed after two periods.

Almost. I especially like the Game 4 callback on that second one.

Maybe Ovechkin was waiting for little Alexander. Congratulations!

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Caps make furious comeback attempt, but it's too little too late in Vegas

Caps make furious comeback attempt, but it's too little too late in Vegas

WASHINGTON -- T.J. Oshie scored twice in the third period on Monday, but it wasn't enough in a 3-2 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights. Washington spotted Vegas a 3-0 lead after an awful first two periods. Oshie tried to put the team on his back in the final frame, but it was too little, too late.

Once again, Alex Ovechkin was held without a goal and remains stuck at 698.

Here is how Washington lost.

A bad start

Coming into Monday's game, the Caps had allowed the first goal in five straight games. You can make that six now as the trend continued on Monday.

Nick Holden got Vegas on the board less than four minutes into the game and Reilly Smith added a second goal late in the second period. Washington just did not look ready at the start.

Miss on one end, a goal on the other

There are several universal truths in the game of hockey and one of them is that if a team botches a big scoring chance on one end, it usually leads to a goal on the other. That was certainly the case on Monday as Oshie had a golden opportunity to tie the game at one late in the first, but missed an open net as he was falling to the ice. Vegas broke the puck out of the zone and on the resulting cycle, scored to make it 2-0.

Washington was not playing well at all to that point, but Oshie still had a chance to tie the game on his stick. It could have been a completely different game if he buried it. He could not capitalize, but the Golden Knights could as Smith made it 2-0.

Puck retrieval and management

This was the biggest problem for the Caps.

To put it simply, Vegas managed the puck well and beat out Washington for loose pucks in Caps' defensive end. When Washington actually did get possession, the team did not manage the puck well at all.

After a breakaway save by Holtby, Vegas managed to retain possession of the puck, set up the cycle and the resulting offensive rotation ended with Holden putting the puck into the back of the net from just outside the crease. On the second goal, Jonathan Marchessault carried the puck into the offensive zone and had a shot blocked by Dmitry Orlov. Marchessault immediately followed after his shot and retrieved the puck in the corner and fed it to the front to Smith who scored.

In the second period, William Karlsson stole the puck away from Radko Gudas behind the net. Gudas was trying to skate the puck out to Holtby's right so that's the post he was covering, Karlsson took the puck and quickly passed it to Max Pacioretty on Holtby's right who shot into the open net.

The Golden Knights had two early breakaways early thanks to stretch passes the Caps could not cover, Washington had trouble against the forecheck as the defense would wait too long to distribute the puck and the passing lanes would close up, the forwards would take too long to figure out what to do with the puck in the offensive zone resulting in turnovers, etc., etc., etc.

Defense can mean a lot of things and the team's inability to make good decisions with the puck, win puck battles in the defensive zone or properly distribute the puck when they did have possession was the real difference in Monday's loss.

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