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NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2018: Capitals vs. Lightning full schedule announced, date, time, TV channel, how to watch

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2018: Capitals vs. Lightning full schedule announced, date, time, TV channel, how to watch

The Capitals are bound for Tampa, Fla., and Game 1 of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals against the Lightning.

On Tuesday, the NHL released the full playoff schedule for the Eastern Conference Finals between the Capitals and Lightning. 

Game 1 of the best-of-seven series will take place at 8:00 p.m. ET on Friday, May 11, at Amalie Arena.

The Capitals advanced to the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals having eliminated the Blue Jackets 4-2 in the first round and the Penguins 4-2 in the second round.

Game 1 marks the Capitals' first trip to the Eastern Conference Finals since May 23, 1998, when they faced the Buffalo Sabres in Game 1 of Eastern Conference Finals.

The Lightning dispatched the Devils, 4-1, in the first round of playoffs, and sent the Bruins packing in the second round, 4-1. This the Lightning's third trip to the Eastern Conference Finals in four seasons.

The Capitals vs. Lightning playoff series marks just the third all-time playoffs meeting between Washington and Tampa Bay. The Lightning eliminated the Capitals from the first round of the 2003 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, 4-2, and the second round of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, 4-0.

Game 1 of the Capitals-Lightning playoff series will be broadcast on NBCSN, and is available to be streamed online by using the NBC Sports App.

NBC Sports Washington will broadcast pre- and postgame coverage of the 2018 NHL Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals with Caps FaceOff and Caps GameTime preceding Capitals vs. Lightning puck drop and Caps Extra and Caps OverTime following the end of each game. 

Game 1: Capitals at Lightning
Date: Friday, May 11
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET 
Location: Amalie Arena. Tampa, Fla. 
TV Channel: NBCSN (Channel Finder)
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (1500 AM)

Game 2: Capitals at Lightning
Date: Sunday, May 13
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Amalie Arena. Tampa, Fla.
TV Channel: NBC (Channel Finder)
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (1500 AM)

Game 3: Lightning at Capitals
Date: Tuesday, May 15
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Capital One Arena. Washington, D.C.
TV Channel: NBCSN (Channel Finder)
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (1500 AM)

Game 4: Lightning at Capitals
Date: Thursday, May 17
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Capital One Arena. Washington, D.C.
TV Channel: NBCSN (Channel Finder)
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (1500 AM)

Game 5: Capitals at Lightning
Date: Saturday, May 19
Time: 7:15 p.m. ET
Location: Amalie Arena. Tampa, Fla.
TV Channel: NBC (Channel Finder)
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (1500 AM)

Game 6: Lightning at Capitals
Date: Monday, May 21
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Capital One Arena. Washington, D.C.
TV Channel: NBCSN (Channel Finder)
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (1500 AM)

Game 7 (If Necessary): Capitals at Lightning
Date: Wednesday, May 23
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Amalie Arena. Tampa, Fla.
TV Channel: NBCSN (Channel Finder)
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (1500 AM)

 

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Blue Jackets troll Capitals on Twitter after pulling even atop Metro Division

Blue Jackets troll Capitals on Twitter after pulling even atop 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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