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Capitals Game 5 Stanley Cup Final Watch Party Guide: Washington, D.C. bars, location, specials

Capitals Game 5 Stanley Cup Final Watch Party Guide: Washington, D.C. bars, location, specials

As the Stanley Cup Final shifts back to Vegas for Game 5, there will be no shortage of activities down and around Capital One Arena Thursday night. 

The Washington Capitals have an opportunity to close out the series and win their first-ever Cup on the road. 

Over 12,000 fans showed up for the Game 1 watch party at Capital One Arena and over 14,000 showed up for Game 2.

Know what you're getting into before the night is underway and consider this list. 

Capitals vs. Golden Knights Game 5 Watch Party Guide

Washington, D.C.

Clyde's of Gallery Place: 707 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001. Be right next door to the action at Capital One Arena by watching the game at Clyde's. $4 Anheuser-Busch products all night long. 

Fado Irish Pub: 808 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001: Hopping Irish staple with pub fare, draft beer & late-night snacks. Thursday night specials include $25 buckets (Bud Light, Budweiser, Michelob Ultra) only offered during the game. 

Franklin Hall: 1348 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009: Miller High Life specials include $4 pints and $8 liters. Game 5 presented on all TV's with SOUND ON. 

Hen Quarter: 750 E. Street, Washington, D.C., 20004. Besides their D.C. location, Hen Quarter has locations across the DMV in Silver Spring, Md., and Old Town. They've held watch parties throughout the playoffs, so expect some action if you decide to watch the game there.

Penn Quarter Sports Tavern: 639 Indiana Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004: Be right in the center of it all at Penn Quarter. Right near Capital One Arena, enjoy the two full bars and multiple TV's as well as sidewalk seating to enjoy the game on.

Penn Social: 801 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004. $2 off all draft beers, $5 rails, $6 wine from 4-7pm before Game 5. Every seat is the best seat in the house with their 22-foot screen that will be showing the game.

Public Bar: 1214 18th St NW B, Washington, DC 20036: Located in Dupont Circle, Public Bar features an enormous projector screen on one of its three-floors available to watch the game, including a spacious rooftop with bottle service.

Sudhouse DC: 1340 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009: happy hour will run from 4 PM through all of Game 5, which will be presented with SOUND ON. Half-priced double fist (beer and a shot) drinks offered on all three floors.  

Union Pub: 201 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington, D.C., 20002: You can find some of the best game day specials here featuring: $12.50 Bud and Bud Light buckets, $10 Narragansett Buckets, $4 rails, $14.99 pitchers of "Ovi Juice:" (vodka, triple sec, cranberry and sprite), and $4 Union Pub Pilsner drafts. One new special for Thursday is the $5 shot: Toss it Back(strom). 

Ventnor Sports Cafe: 2411 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009: Bi-level sports bar with multiple TVs, photos & memorabilia on the walls and bar food. Thursday specials include $5 tall boys and their new rock-the-red punch (strawberry punch with local DC vodka). Game 5 presented with sound on.

Yard House: 812 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001: known for its high-end take on the sports bar scene, The Yard House features 110 different draft beers to choose from as you cheer on the Caps. 

Maryland:

Brickside: 4866 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814: Also on Cordell, Brickside will be showing the Game and offering food and drink specials as you cheer on the Caps.

Caddies on Cordell: 4922 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814: Watch the game on one of the 50+ TVs while enjoying their gameday specials of $3 Rock The Red shooters and $12 pitchers (Miller Lite, Bud Lite and Yuengling) all day and night. According to management, late-night happy hour will be offered from 11:30 to close. Drink specials include Bud Light, Miller Lite and Yuengling for $3. Additionally, $4 IPAs and $6 rail drinks will be offered, along with half-priced appetizers and $7 cheese pizzas.  

Jimmy's Famous Seafood: 6526 Holabird Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224: This seafood bar in Baltimore is offering  $5 crushes, $5 crab cake sliders and $5 bombs ahead of Thursday's Game 5. which will be presented with SOUND ON. 

Lee's Pint & Shell: 2844 Hudson St, Baltimore, MD 21224: A hip destination serving a seafood-centric menu paired with a long list of bourbon & beer. Per management, free shots are being offered after Caps' goals. If the Caps win, there will be an open bar for one full hour after the game. Game 5 presented with SOUND ON. 

McGinty's Public House: 911 Ellsworth Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20910: lively Irish pub that will present Game 5 on a projector with 11 additional televisions between the two floors. 

Union Jack's of Annapolis: 2072 Somerville Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401: Food and drink specials. SOUND ON all TV's and projectors. 

Virginia:

#AuthenticFan Watch Part. Port City Brewing. 3950 Wheeler Ave, Alexandria, VA 22304

A-Town: 4100 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA, 22203: Located one block from the Ballston Metro Station. Street parking is available in front of the restaurant and nearby side streets, with garage parking within walking distance. Enjoy Game 5 with SOUND ON. 

Don Tito: 3165 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201: Watch the game with SOUND on any one of their three floors. Frozen margarita specials. 

The G.O.A.T: 3028 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201: With over 50 HD TVs and three 12-foot "Tv walls," you won't miss any of the action here. Watch Game 5 with SOUND ON in the heart of Clarendon. 

Mister Days: 3100 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201: Get there early for $2 beers (Miller Lite, Bud Light & Narragansett Drafts) from 4-6pm. In-game specials include 24 oz. big boys (Bud Light & Miller Lite) for $7 each, buckets of beer for $20 and $12 pitchers. Game 5 will be presented on the projector screen with SOUND ON.   

Twinpanzee Brewing Co.: 101-D Executive Dr, Sterling, VA 20166: Discounted pints during the game starting at 8.

Know of any other great watch parties in the D.C. area? Let us know on Twitter at @NBCSCapitals or in the comments below.

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Capitals service dog Captain wins Sports Dog of the Year

Capitals service dog Captain wins Sports Dog of the Year

As if any other candidate would even come close, Captain was named Sports Dog of the Year on Friday afternoon.

The four-legged phenom has been everywhere this fall, making his presence felt all over the DMV, and his popularity has extended nationwide.

Captain doesn't take days off and is always ready to have some fun.

He was there to maintain the peace during the biggest shopping day of the year and he made sure your Cyber Monday gifts arrived on time. 

He inspires greatness and has been a driving force behind the Mystics' WNBA Title as well as the Nationals' World Series victory.

He knows when its time to put in the work as well. He's always on time for meetings, and he has never missed a practice.

He's preparing to assist a Veteran or First Responder one day, and he's already making progress.

And he's always ready to celebrate.

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D.C. youth coaching legend Neal Henderson gets his due with U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction

D.C. youth coaching legend Neal Henderson gets his due with U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction

WASHINGTON — For 40 years Neal Henderson has given underprivileged kids the chance to play hockey at Fort Dupont Ice Arena.

On Thursday, Henderson was honored for his life’s work with induction into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

Henderson was inducted along with NHL greats Tim Thomas and Brian Gionta, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and U.S. Olympian Krissy Wendell. He heard kind words spoken about his program, the Fort Dupont Cannons, from the likes of Bettman, Alex Ovechkin and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and also received a video tribute. 

It’s been quite a week for Henderson, who drew a sustained ovation from the crowd at Tuesday’s Capitals-Boston Bruins game when acknowledged on the big video board at Capital One Arena. 

“It’s amazing. Something I never believed I could be a part of,” Henderson said. “It’s the zenith of my life other than being married and having a son. I’ve enjoyed what I have done. I didn’t do it for the reasons of being here. I did it for the love of kids and the parents who trusted me with their children.”  

Henderson said he “became completely numb” when he got the phone call learning he’d be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. The Cannons developmental program, based at Fort Dupont, is designed to help local underprivileged kids play an expensive sport that is out of reach for many. Fort Dupont features the oldest minority hockey league in North America. 

It’s not a route to the NHL. But Henderson has helped kids play high school and college hockey, passing on the lessons he’s learned over decades: That hard work and character matter. That education is crucial. He believes hockey helps forge those traits. The Cannons give kids a chance to travel to other cities to play games. They were an integral part of the NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone campaign, which seeks to broaden the sport, make it more inclusive, help better communities.

A clip showed during Ovechkin’s tribute video after being named the Wayne Gretzky International Award recipient at Thursday’s induction dinner, showed the Stanley Cup at Fort Dupont with the Cannons. That was Ovechkin’s idea, according to Leonsis.

“I asked Alex ‘Where do you want to go?’ He said ‘I want to see kids at Georgetown Cancer Center.” And we went there. And then he wanted to pay homage to Coach Neal,” Leonsis said. “And so we went to Fort Dupont. It’s great that he’s here.”

Henderson said he hoped his induction would help encourage more people of color to embrace hockey. He started the program in the late 1970s thinking he’d simply get his son through the program, which works with kids ages 8 to 18. But he just kept going – in part because kids kept coming to the Cannons and in part because he just couldn’t refuse them. Decades later he’s still here working with them. 

“A lot of people don’t feel that they have the opportunity when it’s right at their back door,” Henderson said. “If they take just one more step they’ll find that there are people out there that’s willing to help them. All you have to do is be there willing to make sure they get the chance.”

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