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Capitals to visit White House to celebrate Stanley Cup on Monday

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Capitals to visit White House to celebrate Stanley Cup on Monday

WASHINGTON – The Capitals will visit the White House on Monday to be honored by President Trump for their Stanley Cup victory last June.

It is the latest a reigning NHL champion has gone to the White House since President Obama hosted the Los Angeles Kings and Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy in a joint ceremony on March 26, 2013. The Kings did not have a game scheduled in Washington that season because of an NHL work stoppage. 

“Yeah, I’m looking forward,” Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin told reporters on June 14 the day after the championship parade in Washington. “I can’t wait. I never been there. I want to take pictures around it. It will be fun.”

Other Capitals players were more circumspect.

"I don't know. We're gonna try and make that a group decision,” goalie Braden Holtby said. “Weigh the positives and negatives of everything. In any situation like that, you want to make sure you're doing what's right for what you believe in and that should take thought - and weigh a group decision."

Forward Brett Connolly said last summer he would not attend. The same went for Devante Smith-Pelly, a black Canadian who is currently in the minor leagues with AHL Hershey. 

President Trump has previously rescinded invitations to championship teams when players have publicly said they would not attend. That included the NBA’s Golden State Warriors after their 2017 title and the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles after they won the Super Bowl in February, 2018.

The World Series champion Boston Red Sox are scheduled to visit the White House on May 9 after a series in Baltimore. The New England Patriots had an estimated 34 players from their team show for an April 19, 2017 celebration with President Trump. That was about half the number eligible to visit. 

The Warriors in 2018 spent their day off during an annual trip to Washington to play the Wizards touring the National Museum of African American History and Culture. This season the repeat champions took photos in a private meeting with President Obama before their game against the Wizards. 

The Pittsburgh Penguins were repeat Stanley Cup champions in 2016 and 2017. Both times they visited the White House in October of the following season – once with President Obama on Oct. 6, 2016 and once with President Trump on Oct. 10, 2017 the day before a game with the Capitals. 

Obama hosted his hometown Chicago Blackhawks three times during his eight years in office. Their visit after the 2010 Stanley Cup had to be rescheduled from September to March 11, 2011 because of a scheduling conflict. The Nov. 4, 2013 ceremony came during an NHL lockout and a Feb. 18, 2016 event was the day after a game in New York.   

The Kings and Galaxy had a second day together with President Obama on Feb. 2, 2015 after they both won titles again in 2014. Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas declined to attend his team's ceremony with President Obama on March 11, 2011 citing his displeasure with both major political parties.  

“I would like to go there. I think the building is pretty cool and everything,” Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom said on June 14. “I’m not going to get into this discussion that a lot of the other athletes have been talking about. I think the building is pretty cool and I think it’s an honor if the President invites you.”

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Capitals vs. Rangers Game 9: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

Capitals vs. Rangers Game 9: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

The Capitals are back at home again Friday night for the third game in a row, this time to face the New York Rangers.

In their last time on the ice, Capitals won on the back of three goals in 78 seconds, dropping the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2. Now they turn their attention to the Rangers, who they've beaten nine of the last 10 times they've played, dating back to the 2016-17 season.

The Rangers have revamped their roster a bit in the offseason and will put it to the test against the Capitals for the first time of the 2019-20 season on Friday night.

Here is everything you need to know about the Friday night game, which takes place at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington.

CAPITALS vs. RANGERS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers, Game 7 of the 2018-19 NHL Regular Season

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: The Capitals vs. Rangers game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals vs. Rangers on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Caps 24/7 Radio, 106.7 The Fan FM

CAPITALS vs RANGERS TV SCHEDULE

6:00 PM: Caps FaceOff Live

6:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live

7:00 PM: Capitals vs Rangers

9:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live

10:00 PM: D.C. Sports Live

10:30 PM: Caps Overtime Live

CAPITALS vs RANGERS INJURY REPORT:

Capitals: Michael Kempny, D, is on injured reserve. Jonas Siegenthaler, D, is day-to-day after taking a big hit to his shoulder during Wednesday night's game. Richard Panik, RW, is day-to-day.

Rangers: N/A

CAPITALS vs RANGERS PLAYERS TO WATCH

Alex Ovechkin, F, Capitals (5 goals, 2 ppg, 32 shots): Ovechkin's quest for the all-time goal-scoring record is fully on. The seasoned veteran already has five goals this year, two of which have come on the power play.

John Carlson, D, Capitals (14 points, 3 goals, 11 assists): If Ovechkin is the finisher, Carlson is the set-up man. Carlson leads the team in points and assists with 14 and 11, respectively. The blueliner has three goals of his own, while four of his assists have come on the power play.

Mika Zibanejad, C, Rangers (8 points, 4, goals, 4 assists): Through three games, Zibanejad leads the Rangers in points, goals and assists. It's early in the season, but the veteran center is poised for another strong offensive output in the middle for the Rangers.

CAPITALS vs. RANGERS SERIES HISTORY

Number of all-time Meetings: 266 (51 postseason)

All-Time Series Record: Capitals lead 131-117-18

Regular Season Record: Capitals lead 107-90-18

Playoff Record: Capitals lead 28-27

Last Meeting: Caps win 3-2 in a shootout (3/3/18)

Last 10: Capitals lead 9-1

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Max Scherzer to drop puck at Friday's Caps-Rangers game

Max Scherzer to drop puck at Friday's Caps-Rangers game

Just when you think the D.C. connection between the Nationals and Capitals couldn't get any stronger, it does.

While the Nationals await the winner of the Astros and Yankees as to who they will play in the World Series, the city's first in 86 years, pitcher Max Scherzer will participate in the ceremonial puck drop prior to the Capitals and Rangers clash. 

During the Capitals 2018 Stanley Cup run, the Nationals were their biggest supporters. Scherzer and Ryan Zimmerman attended one of their Cup games against the Knights dressed up in Caps gear. They were awarded the fans of the game.

Now, the Capitals are returning the favor.

Earlier this postseason, the Capitals were heading to Nashville when the Nationals were set to play the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLDS. Each Caps player walked off the plane sporting a cursive 'Nationals' across their chest.

There's plenty of love between these two teams. The Nationals just hope their postseason ends the same way the Capitals' did a season ago.

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