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Here's where you can watch the Caps in the Stanley Cup Final all over the DMV

Here's where you can watch the Caps in the Stanley Cup Final all over the DMV

As you're well aware by now, the Caps are in the Stanley Cup Final and will be taking on the upstart Vegas Golden Knights. Tickets and travel are obviously expensive, so if you want to watch the games in a fun, exciting environment with a large crowd, one of the DMV's local watch parties is probably your best bet.

How will you find the right watch party for you? That's why we're here. Below, we've compiled a list of some of your watch party options for Games 1 and 2 of the series, including one held by the Capitals at Capital One Arena. It's probably fair to assume that one will be the biggest.

Washington, D.C.

Capital One Arena

Where: Capital One Arena
When: Monday, May 28th and Wednesday, May 30th at 7 p.m.
Note: Admission is free, and concessions will be sold

Circa - Chinatown

Where: 781 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
When: Every remaining Caps game (happy hour begins at 4 p.m.)
Note: Happy hour lasts all night, free "Slap Shot" if you wear a Caps jersey

Maryland

Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar

Where: 41 S Market St, Frederick, Maryland
When: Every Stanley Cup Final game at 8 p.m.

Horseshoe Casino

Where: 14Forty, 1525 Russell Street, Baltimore, Maryland
When: Monday, May 28 and Wednesday, May 30 at 7 p.m.
Note: The casino is giving away one pair of tickets to Game 3 and one pair to Game 4. Register at the watch party to win!

Virginia

The Zone

Where: 43811 Central Station Drive, Suite 100, Ashburn, VA 20147
When: Monday, May 28th at 8 p.m.
Note: Free appetizers if wearing Caps jersey, $3 "Wrist Shots"

Port City Brewing

Where: 3950 Wheeler Ave Alexandria, VA 22304
When: Monday, May 28th at 1 p.m.
Note: Open three hours early, and extended until the end of the game

Arlington Rooftop Bar & Grill

Where: 2424 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, Virginia
When: Every Stanley Cup Final game at 8 p.m.
Note: Sound on for each game

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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Blue Jackets troll Capitals on Twitter after retaking lead in Metro Division

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Blue Jackets troll Capitals on Twitter after retaking lead in Metro Division

The Columbus Blue Jackets threw some serious shade at the Caps Tuesday night after their 7-2 blowout loss to the Predators.

The Jackets are now tied for the Metro lead after the Caps lost their third straight game, and they let them have it on Twitter.

That's a bold jab coming from the team that lost to the Caps in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs...

The GIF comes from Saturday night's overtime loss to the Jackets where Columbus celebrated Artemi Panarin's game-winner with Evgeny Kuznetsov's signature bird celly.

When asked about the copycat celebration last Saturday, Kuzy said, "That's fine. It's nice to get some people that think about me, same as in April last year.”

The Capitals meet the Blue Jackets again Feb. 12 where the only bird celly should come from Kuzy.

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Caps suffer third straight loss as they get rocked in Music City

Caps suffer third straight loss as they get rocked in Music City

The final score of a game can often be deceiving, but that was certainly not the case on Tuesday. The Capitals lost 7-2 to the Nashville Predators in a game every bit as one-sided as the score indicates. Viktor Arvidsson scored a hat trick and Nick Bonino added another two goals in a game that was well in hand before the end of the second period.

Here are three reasons the Caps lost.

Viktor Arvidsson

Arvidsson came into this game with 14 goals this season and 21 points in 23 games. He is one of the best players in the league that no one talks about and that was certainly on display in this game. He wasn’t a one trick pony either. His first goal came on the breakaway, his second was a deflection and his third was a shorthanded breakaway.

Arvidsson’s third goal

As one-sided as the game was, there was a moment in the second period when it looked like Washington was going to claw its way back into it. Down 3-0 in the second period, Nicklas Backstrom scored on the power play to make it 3-1. Less than five minutes later, T.J. Oshie drew a tripping call from Calle Jarnkrok. Suddenly it looked as if the Caps had a chance.

But once again, Washington had no answer for Arvidsson.

Backstrom tried to carry the puck into the offensive zone, but he was met and challenged by Arvidsson. Backstrom lost the puck and Arvidsson took off while Ryan Johansen grabbed the puck in the neutral zone. Johansen fed Arvidsson for the breakaway and he delivered the knockout punch.

Washington was eyeing a 3-2 game, but instead they suddenly found themselves down 4-1 and the rout was on.

Poor decisions

Give all the credit to Nashville for dominating this game, they dominated and deserved to win. Having said that, the Caps were clearly their own worst enemy in Nashville.

Tom Wilson carried the puck into the offensive zone in the first period. With no open passing lane, the only real option he had was to dump and chase or drive himself and pass back to the blue line. Instead, he forced a pass to Ovechkin who had to stop and reach back to grab the puck. He was also being covered by two players so it was no surprise when he turned the puck over. The resulting breakout led to a breakaway and Arvidsson’s first goal.

In the second period, Andre Burakovsky had the puck and looked like he had a lane to shoot or dive to the net. Instead, he pulled up and tried to cross the puck. The pass was easily picked off and Rocco Grimaldi was off in the other direction. He would finish off the play with a highlight-reel spin-o-rama goal, but it all started with a poor decision.

This game was full of those moments. Bad decision by the Caps and the puck was off in the other direction. The uglier the game got, the more Washington’s system and hockey sense went out the window. Two of Nashville’s goals came on the breakaway and one came on a two-on-one. Those type of odd-man breaks happen because of breakdowns.

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