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How to watch Capitals vs. Golden Knights in 2018 Stanley Cup Final

How to watch Capitals vs. Golden Knights in 2018 Stanley Cup Final

Everyone remembers where they were on June 7, 2018, when Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals hoisted the Stanley Cup for the very first time. Crowds packed F Street outside Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., others celebrated with friends and family across D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Wherever you were celebrating, you'll never forget that winning moment.

Now, you get to relive that moment all over again. On Sunday, NBC Sports Washington will be airing Games 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Capitals and Golden Knights, culminating with the Stanley Cup Championship Parade. Here's how to tune in.

When: Sunday, April 12, 9:00 a.m.

Where:

  • NBC Sports Washington (channel finder
  • Any of our 24/7 authenticated streaming platforms


Broadcast Schedule:

9:00 a.m.: NHL Classics: 2018 Stanley Cup Final -- Washington at Las Vegas [Game 1]

11:30 a.m.: NHL Classics: 2018 Stanley Cup Final -- Washington at Las Vegas [Game 2] 

2:00 p.m.: NHL Classics: 2018 Stanley Cup Final -- Las Vegas at Washington [Game 3]

4:30 p.m.: NHL Classics: 2018 Stanley Cup Final -- Las Vegas at Washington [Game 4]

7:00 p.m.: NHL Classics: 2018 Stanley Cup Final -- Washington at Las Vegas [Game 5]

9:30 p.m.: Capitals Championship Parade

What happened in the 2018 Stanley Cup Final, Capitals vs. Golden Knights?

Game 1:

Las Vegas pulled out all of the theatrics for the opening ceremony of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. This game was a back and forth, high scoring matchup, but the Knights came out on top, taking Game 1 with a 6-4 win. The Knights got on the board first with a slapshot from Colin Miller, who took advantage of the power play. Brett Connolly got the Caps on the board minutes later off of a deflection from a Michal Kempny slapshot to tie it up at 1. Just over a minute later, Nicklas Backstrom caught the pass in front from T.J. Oshie to make it 2-1 Caps. But Vegas answered immediately, William Karlsson tying it up at 2 heading into the second period.

In the second, Riley Smith broke the tie, finally netting one to make it 3-2 after multiple rebounds. After some heroics from Braden Holtby, John Carlson tied it up at 3 with a spectacular backhand shot. Just over a minute into the third period, Tom Wilson gets the deflection in front to break the tie, putting the Caps up 4-3. But Ryan Reaves and the Knights immediately got it back, tying the game up again at 4. Following, Holtby stood on his head for the Caps, but Tomas Nosek got one in to take the 5-4 lead and sealed the deal for the Knights with the empty-netter to win 6-4. Little did they know, the Caps would take the next four games, and the Cup.

Game 2:

In Game 2, Vegas got on the board first again, James Neal going top shelf over Braden Holtby to put the Knights up 1-0. After some goaltending heroics from both Marc-Andre Fleury and Holtby, the Caps finally got on the board with just over two minutes to go in the first period, Lars Eller netting one during a four-on-four to tie it at 1 heading into the second. After a cross-check on John Carlson sent Vegas to the box, the Caps capitalized on the power play and Ovi put the Caps up 2-1, his first-ever Stanley Cup Final goal. Soon after, Brooks Orpik extended the Caps lead to 3-1, but the Knights took advantage of a power play with just over two minutes to go in the second, Shea Theodore making it 3-2. In the third, Holtby's heroics were seen around the world with "the save," recently named the best of the decade by NHL on NBC. Holtby made an incredible stick save on Alex Tuch late in the third period to secure the Capitals' first-ever Stanley Cup Final win.

Game 3:

The Caps headed back to D.C. with the series tied. In the first period, Chandler Stephenson got on the board first, but Devante Smith-Pelly was called for goalie interference and it was a no-goal. The rest of the first was dominated by superb goaltending on both teams. Finally, with just over a minute into the second period, Alex Ovechkin gets the Caps on the board after a crazy rebound battle in front of Fleury. After many rings off the post, Evgeny Kuznetsov got goal No. 2 for the Caps to put them up 2-0. In the third, Vegas finally got one in after a blunder by Holtby behind the net led to a wide-open shot for the Knights. But DSP delivered for the Caps, with just over 6 minutes to play in the third, delivering the winning 3-1 goal. 

Game 4:

In the first period, Vegas had a golden opportunity to take the lead with a wide-open net on a power play, but hit the post. Following, Lars Eller got tripped up and the Caps headed to their own power play, where T.J. Oshie delivered to put the Caps up 1-0. To end the first, Tom Wilson got goal No. 2 with 3 minutes to play and just when the period was winding down with 20 seconds left, DSP made it 3-0. In the second, more Holtby heroics as the Knights headed to the power play with just over 4 minutes to play, but John Carlson made it 4-0 for the Caps with an Ovi-office style slapshot to net the shorthanded goal. In the third, Vegas finally got one in the net, James Neal making it 4-1. Riley Smith soon followed to make it 4-2. But the Caps responded with 2 more goals, Michal Kempny making it 5-2 on a 4-on-4 and Brett Connolly following with goal No. 6 on a 5-on-3. The Caps beat the Knights 6-2, one win away from their first-ever Stanley Cup.

Game 5:

Nerves were high for the decisive Game 5 in Vegas, but the first period remained scoreless after some superb goaltending and a lot of crossbar ringing. In the second, Jakub Vrana scored the first goal of the game with his outstanding speed, putting the Caps up 1-0. But soon after, former Cap Nate Schmidt tied it up for Vegas, 1-1. But just as Vegas was announcing the goal, Ovi made it 2-1 on an opportune power play. Vegas responded to make it 2-2, even after a coach's challenge on what could've been called goalie interference. And with just under 30 seconds to play in the second, the Knights capitalized on the power play to make it 3-2 heading into the final period. In the third, DSP finally tied it up with 10-minutes to go on his famous falling shot, making it 3-3. Minutes later, Lars Eller scores the winning goal off a Brett Connolly shot that went just under Fleury's pads, Eller there to tap it in. Holtby's heroics were on full display the final few minutes and the Capitals won their first-ever Stanley Cup.

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Why goalies will have the hardest time adjusting to NHL's return, per Joe Beninati

Why goalies will have the hardest time adjusting to NHL's return, per Joe Beninati

With commissioner Gary Bettman's announcement of the NHL's plan for returning to play, hockey fans and players alike can begin to gear up for a 24-team postseason frenzy at some point this summer. 

Teams will have time to shake the rust off in training camp since the league went on hiatus nearly three months ago. July 1 is the earliest camp can begin. Players like Capitals defenseman John Carlson, who admittedly hasn't touched his skates since March, will have to get back in shape quickly before the first puck drops. 

However, Capitals play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati thinks the skaters will be fine. It's the goalies that face the biggest challenge getting back to where they were when the season was suspended.

"I think the goaltending is going to be the most difficult to return," Beninati said on The Sports Junkies Wednesday. "These guys keep themselves in great shape, they'll get reacclimated, their skating muscles will return in that two-week cap period. For goalies, it's especially difficult to get that timing back and the goaltending role is so explosive. They're asking their bodies to do so many things so reflexively, so powerfully, and quickly that you may be dealing with injuries there."

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Beninati also noted that with expanded rosters under this new format, teams should be able to carry as many goaltenders as they like along with 28 skaters. While having to start your third or fourth goalie in a playoff game may not be an ideal situation if players start getting hurt left and right, it's at least good the league has a preventative measure in place. 

One of the most important aspects of playoff success in the NHL is goaltending. Even if training camp begins on July 1, that'd be nearly four months to make up for physically and mentally with an apparent increased risk of injury. Then you have a massive 24-team field in an NHL playoff setting known for its unpredictability. 

It's probably safe to say the 2020 NHL playoffs will be wild. 

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Fans choice should be clear: Why Oshie, Vrana should win 'Best Bromance'

Fans choice should be clear: Why Oshie, Vrana should win 'Best Bromance'

The Capitals have always been home to some impressively strong bromances (see Ovechkin-Backstrom, Chimera-Ward, Wilson-Latta just to name a few) but there might be none better than the developing connection between linemates T.J. Oshie and Jakub Vrana. With the NHL Fan Choice Awards in their final week of voting, we thought we would help jog your memory (in case you’ve forgotten) with five reasons why Oshie and Vrana deserve your vote for Best Bromance in the NHL.

5. You’re great! No, you’re great! No, really, you’re great!

It was clear early on this season that the relationship had gone to new heights and the world got to experience it firsthand on December 11th when Oshie and Vrana paid each other compliments after a spectacular goal by No. 77.



After Oshie dangled the Bruins defense, Vrana was sure enough the first teammate there to celebrate and then after the game, Oshie joked that he had to look down and check his skates to make sure they weren’t Vrana’s based on his speed burst. Quick to the repay the comment, Vrana took to Twitter to compliment his linemate on his silky smooth mitts.



They really are too cute.

4. Checking In During Coronavirus Isolation

Last week, Vrana participated in a cook-off with teammate Jonas Siegenthaler and Oshie tuned in to see how things were going. No less than 10 seconds into joining, Oshie recognized and commented on his bro’s new ‘do!

Even during isolation, Oshie is always checking in on his linemate.



Oshie then continued on to taunt Vrana about what seemed like far too clean a house for his linemate and say that his food looked a little dry. But the best part is just the two of them calling each other “liney” the whole time. If that doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will.

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3. Sit Back and Watch the Shootout Show

Earlier this year, with the All-Star Game approaching in St. Louis, Oshie found himself on the ballot to be the Last Man In from the Metro Division. Who gave the best endorsement? You guessed it, that would be Vrana.



Oshie then invited Vrana to join him as a package deal, but Vrana had other plans: watching with a nice bowl of popcorn from the couch.

2. Bro Shark, Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo 

January 5th looked like it was going to be a very disappointing loss for the Capitals. Hosting the San Jose Sharks, a Logan Couture empty-netter with 1:00 left in regulation seemingly sealed the deal for the visitors with a 2-goal cushion. Never say never. 

First, it was Vrana who brought the Caps back within 1 with 47 seconds left. Then, it was his linemate Oshie who tallied the tying goal with just 15 seconds left on the clock. Our NBC Sports Washington cameras caught another intimate moment for the pair when they got back to the bench.



Could they be any cuter?

1. From One Liney to Another

Yes. They could be cuter. Here’s how.

https://twitter.com/NBCSCapitals/status/1202093997671567361?s=20

I mean, look at that. C’mon people, this is the best bromance in the NHL and honestly, it’s not even close. Does anyone else have a t-shirt for their bromance? I thought not. Case closed.

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