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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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Caps finally solve Halak for improbable shootout win

Caps finally solve Halak for improbable shootout win

The Capitals needed a goal from T.J. Oshie with less than a minute remaining to force overtime on Saturday where they would go on to defeat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in a shootout.

It looked like Jaroslav Halak would once again pull off a miraculous win as he turned aside 42 shots, but the Caps kept up the pressure late to tie the game and get back in the win column.

Saturday's win is now Washington's 15th in the last 16 contests against the Bruins.

Here is how the Caps won.

Boyd makes the most of his opportunity

On Friday, Travis Boyd was a Hershey Bear. With Nic Dowd and Carl Hagelin both injured but without enough money under the cap for Boyd, the Caps recalled Tyler Lewington on Friday and skated seven defensemen and only 11 forwards against the Montreal Canadiens. On Saturday, the team sent Lewington and Ilya Samsonov to Hershey and recalled Vitek Vanecek and Boyd. The extra cap space the team gained from Vanecek taking Samsonov's spot allowed them to recall Boyd and skate four full forward lines. The impact of Boyd's addition was felt in the first period when Boyd scored a deflection to beat Halak and get the Caps on the board.

In seven games with the Caps this season, Boyd has one goal and four assists.

Caps get their power play setup on 6-on-5

For much of the night, the Caps just could not figure out Halak. They poured on the shots, but he was there each time and looked like he would be able to lead his team to the narrow victory. Late in regulation, the Caps pulled Braden Holtby for the extra attacker and the Caps gave Boston a power play look.

Washington had its top power play unit on the ice plus Tom Wilson. The goal looked like one right out of the power play's playbook with Evgeny Kuznetsov behind the goal line feeding Oshie in the slot. Oshie is great at getting those quick shots away from in close and he finally beat Halak with 59 seconds remaining.

Oshie was instrumental in setting up the goal as well as he blocked a clearing attempt from Zdeno Chara with his glove to keep the puck in the offensive zone just seconds before Kuznetsov set him up for the goal.

Backstrom and Vrana deliver in the shootout

Washington scored only twice on the shootout, but that would be all they needed.

The normally automatic Oshie was stopped on his shootout attempt putting Washington behind early on.I n a score-or-go-home situation for Nicklas Backstrom, he managed to sneak a shot in between the glove and the pad of Halak to force extra rounds of the shootout. Then Jakub Vrana pulled off one of the nices shootout goals you will ever see.

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Boyd makes his case, Oshie saves the game and Vrana dazzles

Boyd makes his case, Oshie saves the game and Vrana dazzles

The Capitals are back in the win column after Saturday's 3-2 shootout win, but they almost didn't get there because of that pesky Jaroslav Halak. It took a last minute goal from T.J. Oshie and some shootout magic by Jakub Vrana. Having four full forward lines certainly helped, too.

Check out the recap of Saturday's game here.

Observations from the win

Boyd or Stephenson? Boyd is making his case

Carl Hagelin and Nic Dowd are both out with injury. Both are considered day-to-day and one or both should be returning to the lineup sooner rather than later. When that happens, the Caps are going to have to send someone back to Hershey and, with a goal against Boston, Travis Boyd is doing his best to make sure it isn't him.

In all likelihood, the decision will come down to Boyd or Chandler Stephenson again. Boyd has lost that competition earlier this season, but after Boyd's goal on Saturday I think whether to keep him in Washington or not at least warrants a discussion.

The Caps are so close to the salary cap that when both Dowd and Hagelin were out injured, the team recalled Tyler Lewington, a defenseman, because it could not afford Boyd under the cap ceiling. With things so tight, the Caps need to find a way to bank more cap space and keeping Boyd ($800,000 cap hit) over Stephenson ($1.05 million cap hit) would certainly help.

It's not just about money. Stephenson responded to Todd Reirden's preseason challenge and justified his spot in the lineup to start. He is a very fast player which is an important attirbute in today's NHL and also plays on the penalty kill which Boyd does not.

Five-on-five play matters too, however, and Boyd has far exceeded Stephenson's play in that area including his production. In 18 games and an average of 11:22 of ice time, Stephenson has 2 goals and one assist. In just seven games and 9:09 of ice time, Boyd has one goal and four assists.

Boyd produces with less playing time in fewer games and has a lower cap hit. Is the fact that Stephenson can play on the penalty kill enough to send Boyd back to Hershey? I'm not so sure.

The value of dirty goals

Don't get me wrong, Jaroslav Halak was great in this game. He made 42 saves and did a great job tracking the puck and getting in front of it to make the first save. Having said that, he was shaky with the puck all night. He could make that first save, but everything after was an adventure. He struggled to control his rebounds or the puck and that was an area the Caps needed to take advantage of, but couldn't.

Washington has one of the top offenses in the NHL and they are doing it largely with an offense that shoots off the pass. There's nothing wrong with that. Clearly it works. Making a goalie move back and forth and not allowing him to get set makes life difficult. Having said that, on nights like this where Halak is getting to everything he can see, you need dirty goals and that is one area in which the Caps are lacking.

What are dirty goals? The deflections (like Boyd's), the rebounds, the screens, the loose pucks in front. Those were the goals the Caps needed and, apart from Boyd's first-period tally, they couldn't get them. Ultiamtely the result was a win so it does not matter, but it seemed like the offense was a lot more difficult than it needed to be. There were goals to be had and opportunities in front of Halak. That is a tool the Caps need to add to their arsenal and use more often than they do.

Time to see more of Hathaway and Gudas

We are seeing more and more of Tom Wilson mixing things up lately and that's fine. It's what he does and he's very good at getting under opponents' skin. Right now it seems like we are seeing a lot of Wilson doing it and not enough of it from Garnet Hathaway or Radko Gudas. In a physical game like this one, I would like to see more of them mixing things up and less of it fall on Wilson who is a top-six, often top-line forward.

Turning point

Washington had 44 shots on goal in this game, 11 of which came in the third period. It looked like it was just not going to be the Caps' night thanks to Halak (again). Oshie, however, delivered with just 59 seconds remaining in regulation.

Play of the game

I am not a big fan of the shootout. The 3-on-3 overtime format is amazing and it seems like such a letdown when games go to the shootout. Having said that, this Jakub Vrana shootout goal was filthy.

This, however, is a close 2nd to the play of the game.

Evidently Marchand is only tough when it comes to Lars Eller.

Stat of the game

Braden Holtby has put the early season struggles behind him.

Quote of the game

Boyd on Vrana's shootout goal:

"Man, nasty. Unbelievable. I'm sure it will be all over the highlights tonight. Not only to go ahead in the shootout and put us ahead there and give us a chance to win with a [Holtby] stop, but to do it in that fashion, that's pretty cool."

Fan predictions

You guys may have overshot this one...just a bit.

Patrice Bergeron was out injured. Even so, David Pastrnak still got a goal.

Boyd didn't get two points, but he did get a goal.

Keep trying. You'll get there.

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