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Capitals at Lightning Game 1 Eastern Conference Finals 2018: Date, Time, How to Watch, live stream

Capitals at Lightning Game 1 Eastern Conference Finals 2018: Date, Time, How to Watch, live stream

It's been a long-time coming, but the Washington Capitals are finally through to the Eastern Conference Finals where they will meet the Tampa Bay Lightning.

After an emotional win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington now must put that behind them and prepare for a new challenge. It certainly will not be easy. Tampa finished in first place in the Eastern Conference and boast a superstar at every position. What's more, the Caps are dealing with some injury concerns as both Nicklas Backstrom and Andre Burakovsky are considered day-to-day.

The good news is the team will have Tom Wilson back from his suspension and plenty of rookies to call upon who have already had a major impact on the team's postseason run.

What: Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, Game 1, 2018 Eastern Conference Final

Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Fla.

When: 8:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Lightning, Game 1 will be broadcast on NBCSN

Live Stream: You can watch Capitals-Lightning Game 1 on NBC Sports' live stream page.

WHEN IS GAME 1 OF THE CAPITALS vs. LIGHTNING PLAYOFF SERIES?

Game 1 of the Capitals vs. Lightning 2018 NHL Playoff series takes place on Friday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m. in Tampa.

WHAT CHANNEL IS GAME 1 OF CAPITALS vs. LIGHTNING ON?

The TV broadcast of Game 1 between the Capitals and Lightning is on NBCSN. Capitals pre- and postgame coverage takes place on NBC Sports Washington. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

7:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
7:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
8:00 p.m. — Capitals at Lightning Game 1 on NBCSN
10:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
11:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime

WHERE CAN I STREAM GAME 1 OF THE CAPITALS vs. LIGHTNING SERIES?

Game 1 between the Capitals and Lightning is available to stream online on Friday, May 11 live here through the NBC Sports live stream page.

WHAT ARE THE PROJECTED LINES FOR GAME 1 OF CAPITALS vs. LIGHTNING?

Capitals projected lines:

Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana - Lars Eller - T.J. Oshie
Andre Burakovsky - Chandler Stephenson - Brett Connolly
Devante Smith-Pelly -  Jay Beagle - Alex Chiasson

Michal Kempny - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Christian Djoos

Braden Holtby with Philipp Grubauer as backup.

Lightning projected lines:

J.T. Miller - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov
Ondrej Pala - Brayden Point - Tyler Johnson
Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Yanni Gourde
Chris Kunitz - Cedric Paquette - Ryan Callahan

Victor Hedman - Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh - Anton Stralman
Braydon Coburn - Mikhail Sergachev

Andrei Vasilevskiy starts with Louis Domingue as backup.

CAPITALS vs. LIGHTNING GAME 1 OPEN THREAD

Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

For all the latest Caps coverage, follow Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir, Capitals correspondent JJ Regan and the NBC Sports Capitals account on Twitter. Be sure check out our Capitals page and NBC Sports Washington's Facebook page.

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

After lifting the Stanley Cup just over two months ago, something else very exciting has happened in Alex Ovechkin's life.

Saturday morning, Nastya and Alex Ovechkin welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Sergei, after Ovechkin's late brother. 

Ovi spent this week practicing at the Florida Panthers' facilities with other NHL players living in the surrounding area.

After the Cup's visit to Moscow, Nastya and Alex settled down at their apartment in Miami, staying put and preparing for the birth. 

The couple were married two years ago but didn't hold an official ceremony until July of last year. The celebration was as lavish as you'd expect.

She revealed her pregnancy shortly after the Cup victory, and has kept us up to date on life this summer via Instagram. A few weeks ago, the Ovechkins graced HELLO! Russia magazine, showing off Nastya's baby bump among their glamour shots.

💛 @aleksandrovechkinofficial #hello #hellorussia @hello__ru

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Congratulations to Ovi and Nastya, and all our best wishes for health and happiness!

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Capitals draft pick admits he is...a Flyers fan

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Capitals draft pick admits he is...a Flyers fan

Say it ain't so.

Mitchell Gibson is the first goalie the Capitals have drafted since Ilya Samsonov in 2015, but they may be thinking twice about their selection after a recent shocking interview.

Gibson spoke with a local Philadelphia CBS station and revealed that both he and his family...are Flyers fans.

Insert dramatic music.

"I think my family will always be Flyers fans in their hearts and I guess I will be a little bit," Gibson admitted, hopefully with guilt in his voice.

Gibson was selected by the Caps in the fourth round of the 2018 draft, but clearly the scouts did not do their homework. It's as if Gibson grew up a hockey fan in a place like Phoenixville, Pa. (about an hour outside of Philadelphia) without anticipating the future that he may one day be drafted by a rival team like Washington.

Shame, shame.

The young netminder tried to make up for his horrifying admission later in the interview.

"The Capitals are definitely treating me well right now so I would like to be their goalie," he said.

A likely story.

Gibson is only 19 and set to begin his first collegiate season at Harvard in 2018 so at least there is still time for Gibson to overcome his shameful past. And hey, it could always be worse. At least he's not a Penguins fan.

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