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Super Tuesday: How to watch Capitals, Wizards playoff games tonight

Super Tuesday: How to watch Capitals, Wizards playoff games tonight

Tuesday is a big day in the district.

On Tuesday, April 17, both the Capitals and Wizards have pivotal playoff games, with the games streamed and broadcast on NBC Sports Washington and NBC Sports Washington Plus. 

Both the Capitals and Wizards have their backs against the wall, which means you will not want to miss a minute of the action on Tuesday.

But that's why we're here: So you can watch and stream both games at the same time. 

Capitals at Blue Jackets, Game 3

The Capitals (0-2) face an uphill battle as they head to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets (2-0) in Game 3 of their 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round series having dropped the first two games of the playoff series, both at home, both in overtime.

The Capitals blew two one-goal leads in Game 1, and blew a two-goal lead in Game 2, with Braden Holtby coming on in relief of Philipp Grubauer following a three-goal second period.

Game 3 of the Capitals vs. Blue Jackets playoff series takes place at 7:30 p.m. ET and can be streamed and broadcast on NBC Sports Washington, with Capitals FaceOff at 6:30 p.m. and Capitals GameTime at 7:00 p.m. ET. (Stream Capitals-Blue Jackets Here)

Wizards at Raptors, Game 2

The No. 8 seed Wizards (0-1) trail the No. 1 seed Raptors (1-0) in their best-of-seven first-round 2018 NBA Playoffs series following a 114-106 Game 1 loss on Saturday in Toronto despite 23 points and 15 assists from John Wall. 

Game 2 of the Wizards vs. Raptors first-round playoff series takes place at 7:00 p.m. ET and can be streamed and broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus, with Wizards HangTime at 6:00 p.m. ET and Wizards GameTime at 6:30 p.m. ET. Wizards Extra follows the game on NBC Sports Washington Plus at 9:30 p.m. ET followed by Wizards OverTime at 10:00 p.m. ET. (Stream Wizards-Raptors Here)

Capitals vs. Blue Jackets Game 3 How To Watch

What: M1 Washington Capitals vs. WC1 Columbus Blue Jackets, Game 3. 2018 NHL Playoffs Eastern Conference First Round
When: Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Nationwide Arena. Columbus, Ohio. 
TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)
Broadcasters: Joe Beninati, Craig Laughlin
Online Stream: NBC Sports App
Radio: Capitals Radio 24/7

6:30 p.m. ET: Caps FaceOff
7:00 p.m. ET: Caps GameTime
7:30 p.m. ET: Game 3 Capitals at Blue Jackets
10:00 p.m. ET: Caps Extra
10:30 p.m. ET: Caps OverTime
11:00 p.m. ET: Caps in 30

Wizards vs. Raptors Game 2 How to Watch

What: No. 8 Washington Wizards vs. No. 1 Toronto Raptors, Game 2. 2018 NBA Playoffs First Round
When: Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Air Canada Centre. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington Plus (Channel Finder)
Broadcasters: Steve Buckhantz, Kara Lawson
Online Stream: NBC Sports App
Radio: 1500 AM

6:00 p.m. ET: Wizards HangTime
6:30 p.m. ET: Wizards GameTime
7:00 p.m. ET: Game 2 Wizards at Raptors
9:30 p.m. ET: Wizards Extra
10:00 p.m. ET: Wizards OverTime

Full NBC Sports Washington Tuesday, April 17, 2018 TV Listing

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3 stars of the game: Burakovsky's big night propels Caps to the Stanley Cup Final

3 stars of the game: Burakovsky's big night propels Caps to the Stanley Cup Final

For just the second time in franchise history, the Capitals are Eastern Conference Champions. They will play the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup FInal after a dominant 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Alex Ovechkin gave the Capitals the lead just 62 seconds into the game. It was a lead they would never relinquish as Braden Holtby recorded his second consecutive shutout.

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final will be Monday in Las Vegas.

Here are the three stars of the game.

1. Andre Burakovsky: It's been a rough year for Burakovsky, but all that was erased on Wednesday with his brilliant two-goal performance to lead the Caps.

The Caps were clinging to a 1-0 lead in the second period, but the Lightning were buzzing, outshooting the Caps 8-1. They had all the momentum until Burakovsky stole a bouncing puck from Dan Girardi and fired a quick shot far-side for the beautiful goal.

Burakovsky added a second goal later in the second as John Carlson banked a pass off the boards to launch him on a breakaway. Burakovsky coolly shot it through the open five-hole of Vasilevskiy to make it 3-0.

It's incredible to think that Burakovsky had not recorded a point yet this postseason prior to Game 7, was a healthy scratch for Game 5 and was talking about seeing a sports psychologist over the summer after the morning skate for Game 6.

2. Braden Holtby: The goaltending for much of the series was Andrei Vasilevskiy who led Tampa Bay's comeback in the series with his phenomenal netminding. He was outplayed in the most important games by Holtby, however, who recorded shutouts in both Game 6 and Game 7. The last goal the Lightning scored in the series came 33 seconds into the second period of Game 5. That's 139:27 of continuous play and 60 straight saves for Holtby.

Holtby was phenomenal in Game 7 with big save after big save as the Lightning pushed to tie. His biggest save came in the second period when he denied Alex Killorn on the breakaway. The score was just 2-0 at that point.

This marks just the fifth time a goalie has recorded a shutout in Game 6 and Game 7 in a playoff series.

3. Alex Ovechkin: It took Ovechkin just 62 seconds to put the Capitals ahead and it turned out to be the goal that sent Washington to the Stanley Cup Final. How fitting for it to be Ovechkin to score the game-winner?

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Referees miss blatant boarding by Paquette on Orpik


Referees miss blatant boarding by Paquette on Orpik

A rough hit to the back of Brooks Orpik left him down on the ice and slow to get up. Cedric Paquette skated back to his bench and waited for the trainer to attend to Orpik and (probably) for the referees to call his number and send him to the box.

The penalty, however, never came.

You always hear in hockey that if you can see a player's numbers, you should pull up on the hit.

What that refers to is the numbers on the back of a player's jersey. You are not allowed to hit a player directly in the back into the boards.

The official definition of boarding according to the NHL rule book is, "any player who checks or pushes a defenseless opponent in such a manner that causes the opponent to hit or impact the boards violently or dangerously." Hitting a player "in the numbers" is a defenseless position.

Apparently Cedric Paquette didn't know that and, unfortunately for the Capitals, neither did the referees.

Someone explain to me how this is not a boarding penalty:

Sometimes referees are put in a tough position because a player turns his back right before they take the hit, thus putting themselves in a vulnerable position to draw a penalty. That was not the case here. Orpik never turned.

When Tom Wilson hit Pittsburgh Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese in the second period, the hockey world spent the next day debating whether it was an illegal hit. There is no debate here, no grey area. Just a clear board.

And no call.

You can understand referees wanting to put away the whistles for a Game 7, but you have to call the blatant dangerous plays like this. This was a bad miss by the referees, plain and simple.