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The best sports bars to watch the Washington Capitals

The best sports bars to watch the Washington Capitals

The defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals are back on the ice, gunning for back-to-back championships, and you, the fan, want to be a part of the entire journey.

While Capitals fans might not be able to make it to every game, there are plenty of bars and restaurants in and around the Washington, D.C. area that are great for getting together to rock the red and cheer on the Caps.

Every bar has a different vibe and every person has a unique personality, but all hockey fans have one thing in common; the love for the game.

If you are looking to catch a Washington Capitals game, these are the most popular bars in the DMV.

Capitals/Hockey bars in Maryland

  • Caddie's on Cordell. 4922 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

The downtown Bethesda haunt is a popular spot for Montgomery county locals who love supporting the home teams. 

  • Hudson Street's Stackhouse. 2626 Hudson St, Baltimore, MD 21224

Baltimore's most popular Capitals bar is the place to be this upcoming season. It's a great neighborhood bar in general, with great hospitality and decent food and drink prices.

  • Slainte Irish Pub and Restaurant. 1700 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231

This pub may be voted as the best soccer bar in Baltimore, but it is also the city's favorite hockey bar. They have specials during every game and were featured on 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.'

Capitals/Hockey bars in Washington, D.C.

  • The Green Turtle. 601 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Located just a few yards from the Captial One Arena concourse, the Green Turtle is the most popular spot for fans to congregate before games, whether or not they have a ticket to the game. The Green Turtle's Mug Club allows patrons to get cheap beers during intermission.

  • Penn Commons.  700 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

This go-to industrial-chic bar is the spot for Capitals fans before the game, so be prepared for some noise. It's the perfect place to get rowdy during a Caps-Pens game.

  • Iron Horse Tap Room. 507 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004

If you're not headed to the game, but are near the arena, Iron Horse Tap Room is worth a visit. The saloon has 26 taps and nearly as many TVs. 

  • Penn Quarter Sports Tavern. 639 Indiana Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

Traditional bar food and a wide range of televisions, this bar is only a few blocks away from Capital One Arena. This is the place to come before, during and after the game. Are the Caps on the road? This is the place to be to interact with Capitals superfans like Loud Goat.

  • The Pug. 1234 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

What looks like a dive bar, is actually the perfect place to chill and watch the game. Plus, locals swear by their food. 

  • City Tap House - Penn Quarter. 901 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

An exquisite gastropub, with plenty of TVs for those who enjoy more of a rustic vibe. 

  • Ventnor Sports Cafe. 2411 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

If you've walked down 18th street in Adams Morgan, you've walked past Ventnor Sports Cafe. It's a sports bar for people who like sports bars. Not a lot of bells and whistles. But a lot of good bar food and a lot of good beer.

Capitals/Hockey bars Virginia

  • Bugsy's Pizza. 111 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

The restaurant is owned by retired NHL player, Bryan 'Bugsy' Watson, who once played for the Washington Capitals. If you are looking for a place to truly carries the spirit of Hockey, and also sells pizza... you have found your match. 

  • Glory Days Grill. 3059 Nutley Street, Fairfax, VA 22031

Great food, great beer and zero frills. The long-time pub is the perfect setting for old-school hockey fans.

  • The G.O.A.T. 3028 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

What was once Hard Times Cafe, an exceptional hockey bar, is now "The G.O.A.T," a super sports bar with multiple floors, dozens of massive TVs and even an authentic scoreboard. 

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How the Caps turned a sure loss into their first home win in under 90 seconds

How the Caps turned a sure loss into their first home win in under 90 seconds

WASHINGTON -- Another sloppy defensive performance looked like it would doom the Capitals, but a furious three-goal rally in the second period turned what looked like a sure defeat into a stunning 4-3 victory, their first at home this season, over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

Toronto took an early lead off a short-handed goal from Kasperi Kapanen. Jonas Siegenthaler then was slow to react to a streaking Ilya Mikheyev who torched him to put the Leafs up 2-0. Jakub Vrana made it 2-1 late in the first, but Toronto looked like they had this game well in hand.

But the Caps rallied and completely turned things around in a stretch of just 1:18 in the second period. Here's how.

Brilliant skating by Kuznetsov

Kuznetsov passed the puck up to the offensive blue line. A skating Carl Hagelin tapped it to John Carlson who entered the zone, pulled back and handed it off to Kuznetsov who took over.

When Kuznetsov gets the puck there are three Maple Leaf players in front of him. He pumps the legs once and then glides in on net and somehow he is behind all three players and in alone on Michael Hutchinson.

Kuznetsov’s speed virtually never changes during the play. There’s no frantic, choppy acceleration, just a smooth glide that allows him to skate in, wait out Hutchinson and tuck the puck around his outstretched pad all in seemingly one fluid motion.

The forecheck pays off 11 seconds later

T.J. Oshie beat out Morgan Rielly in a footrace for the puck in the offensive zone. He circled in the corner to protect the puck with his body from Rielly. He was able to find Nicklas Backstrom in the high slot and Backstrom snapped the puck in.

In a period of just 11 seconds, the Caps had changed the score from 2-1 Leafs to 3-2 Caps.

The flustered Leafs

Momentum is a real thing. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. That was on display in the second period when the Leafs were on their heels after coughing up two quick goals. Just 18 seconds after Backstrom’s goal, Nicholas SHore was called for interference on Oshie.

Do you know how you get two goals and draw an interference penalty in less than a minute? By keeping possession of the puck. Toronto could not get its hands on it at all until Cocy Ceci did on the penalty kill...and promptly threw the puck into the crowd on an attempted clearance from the defensive zone resulting in a delay of game penalty.

A 5-on-3

Ceci’s penalty came just nine seconds after Shore was booked resulting in a two-man advantage for 1:51. The Caps were too hot at that point to not convert. The power play moved the puck very effectively and, critically, managed to retain possession after every shot. The Leafs just could not get there in time to clear it allowing the Caps to take their time, set things up and attack.

The power play shifted with Carlson making his way over to the Ovechkin spot. Ovechkin was fed the puck at the point, faked the slap shot and instead tapped the pass over to Carlson. Carlson did his best Ovechkin impression and fired the one-timer past Hutchinson. That goal made the score 4-2 and capped off an incredible 1:18 stretch in which the Caps turned a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead, thus ultimately snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Toronto would score a late goal in a comeback attempt but ultimately fell short.

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Capitals score three goals in 90 seconds to take the lead over Toronto

Capitals score three goals in 90 seconds to take the lead over Toronto

The beginning of Wednesday's clash with the Maple Leafs was not pretty for the Capitals.

A pair of goals by Toronto gave them an early lead midway through the first period. But a snipe by Jakub Vrana towards the end of the first frame cut the deficit in half entering the first intermission.

But during the second period, all of a sudden, a switch flipped for the Capitals attack. Washington found the back of the net three times in under 90 seconds, turning a one-goal deficit into a two-goal lead.

The first came from Evgeny Kuznetsov, who finished with a beautiful move to sneak the puck past Maple Leafs' goalie Michael Hutchinson's glove.

Just 11 seconds later, Nicklas Backstrom found the back of the net on a beautiful wrister from T.J. Oshie to put the Capitals ahead.

To complete the trifecta, John Carlson's one-timer from Alex Ovechkin went right in between Hutchinson's legs, giving the Capitals a 4-2 lead. 

At the end of the second period, the Capitals hold the same 4-2 lead. Just 20 minutes separate the Capitals from their fourth victory of the season.

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