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Where to watch hockey in the DMV

There's nothing like hockey on the big screen or going to a game in person.

So where can hockey fans of all teams go to watch in the DC Metro Area?

Luckily enough, there are bars everywhere to satiate nearly every fan.

Hockey bars in Maryland

  • Caddie's on Cordell. 4922 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

The downtown Bethesda haunt is a popular spot for Montgomery county locals who love supporting the home teams. 

  • Hudson Street's Stackhouse. 2626 Hudson St, Baltimore, MD 21224

Baltimore's most popular Capitals bar is the place to be, with gear and jerseys adorning the walls. It's a great neighborhood bar in general, with great hospitality and decent food and drink prices.

  • Slainte Irish Pub and Restaurant. 1700 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231

This pub may be voted as the best soccer bar in Baltimore, but it is also the city's favorite hockey bar. They have specials during every game and were featured on 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.'

Hockey bars in Washington, D.C.

  • Penn Commons.  700 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

This go-to industrial-chic bar is the spot for Capitals fans before the game, so be prepared for some noise. It's the perfect place to get rowdy during a Caps-Pens game.

  • Iron Horse Tap Room. 507 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004

If you're not headed to the game but are near the arena, the Iron Horse Tap Room is worth a visit. The saloon has 26 taps and nearly as many TVs. 

  • Ivy & Coney. 1537 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Adorned with Detroit and Chicago paraphernalia, Blackhawks fans will feel at home ordering a coney dog alongside a variety of beers and spirits.

  • Penn Quarter Sports Tavern. 639 Indiana Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

A few blocks away from Capital One Arena, this is the place to come before, during and after the game. Are the Caps on the road? This is the place to be to interact with Capitals superfans like Loud Goat.

  • The Pug. 1234 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

A chill dive bar with food that locals swear by is a good haunt for hockey fans who are also foodies.

  • Dirty Water. 816 H St. NE, Washington, DC 20002

Named after The Standells jam Bostonians love, exposed brick walls are covered with everything from a Bruins fan's dream. The food and drinks may be basic, but the appeal of a party deck out back and plenty of flatscreens draws a crowd.

  • City Tap House. Penn Quarter. 901 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

For a more rustic vibe, this gastropub has plenty of TVs to watch the game. 

  • Ventnor Sports Cafe. 2411 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Hidden on 18th street in Adams Morgan, this sports bar doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles but features good bar food and a lot of good beer.

  • Nellie's Sports Bar. 900 U St. NW, Washington, DC  20001

​​​​​​​The first gay sports bar in the district has plenty of TVs in its main room, along with a rooftop that's buzzing after the drag brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

Hockey bars Virginia

  • Bugsy's Pizza. 111 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

The restaurant is owned by retired NHL player, Bryan 'Bugsy' Watson, who once played for the Washington Capitals. Pizza and hockey together are a match made in heaven.

  • Glory Days Grill. 3059 Nutley Street, Fairfax, VA 22031

Great food, great beer, no frills. The long-time pub is the perfect setting for old-school hockey fans.

  • The G.O.A.T. 3028 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

In the space that was once Hard Times Cafe, this multi-floor bar has dozens of massive TVs and even an authentic scoreboard.

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Caps at Golden Knights: Can Ovechkin bet on 700 in Vegas?

Caps at Golden Knights: Can Ovechkin bet on 700 in Vegas?

The Capitals (37-16-5) wrap up a three-game road trip out west on Monday with a trip to face the Vegas Golden Knights (30-22-8). Catch the game broadcast as well as pre and postgame coverage on NBC Sports Washington. Pregame coverage begins at 5 p.m. with Caps FaceOff Live followed by Caps Pregame Live at 5:30 p.m. taking you up to the game broadcast at 6 p.m. Stick with NBC Sports Washington after the game for postgame coverage with Caps Postgame Live, D.C. Sports Live, and Caps Overtime Live.

Here is what you need to know for Monday's game.

Stuck on 698

Alex Ovechkin remains two goals away from reaching 700 as he has been held scoreless in each of the last four games. This the first time this season Ovechkin has been held without a goal for four games.

The good news is that he was a huge threat in Saturday's game in Arizona with 17 shot attempts and eight shots on goal so not only is he due for one, he's also really pushing to get into the back of the net. Vegas would be a fitting place to do it considering it is where he hoisted the Stanley Cup two years ago.

Kuznetsov is still out

Evgeny Kuznetsov was declared out by Todd Reirden on Sunday making this the third straight game he has missed with an upper-body injury. He took line rushes at Sunday's practice centering the third line so there is hope he could return soon, but it will not be for Monday's game against the Golden Knights.

With Kuznetsov out, here are the projected lines:

Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana - Lars Eller - T.J. Oshie
Carl Hagelin - Travis Boyd - Richard Panik
Brendan Leipsic - Nic Dowd - Garnet Hathaway

Michal Kempny - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Nick Jensen
Jonas Siegenthaler - Radko Gudas

Holtby gets the start

Braden Holtby will get his third straight start for the Caps on Monday, Reirden told the media. No one would argue that it's been a great season for Holtby, overall, but his play has really improved of late. On Saturday he turned aside 27 of the 29 shots he faced against the Arizona Coyotes and in his last two starts combined he has a .936 save percentage.

When last we met

Monday's game will be the second and final meeting between the Caps and Golden Knights this season. Washington won the previous meeting at home on Nov. 9, defeating Vegas 5-2. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored 58 seconds into the game and Tom Wilson made it 2-0 in the first period. Jonas Siegenthaler would also score his first NHL goal and it came on the anniversary of his NHL debut.

You can read a recap of the game here.

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700 in Vegas? A fitting venue for another career milestone for Ovechkin

700 in Vegas? A fitting venue for another career milestone for Ovechkin

The greatest moment in Alex Ovechkin’s career happened at T-Mobile Arena back in June of 2018. On Monday, it could quite possibly be the scene of another milestone in the Great 8’s career.

Entering Monday’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights, Ovechkin sits just two goals shy of 700 for his career. He has been held scoreless for four straight games, his longest goalless stretch of the season, but Ovechkin is buzzing. He fired 17 shot attempts in Saturday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes, eight of which forced a save from goalie Antti Raanta.

There is certainly a chance that goals No. 699 and 700 could come at T-Mobile Arena on Monday and, considering Ovechkin and the Capitals’ history there, it would certainly be a fitting venue.

On June 7, 2018, Washington won its first Stanley Cup in franchise history. It came at the expense of the Golden Knights. After losing Game 1, Washington rattled off four straight wins to claim the Cup in Game 5. The Cup-clinching victory was played at T-Mobile Arena.

When Ovechkin takes the ice and continues his pursuit of 700 on Monday (6 p.m., NBC Sports Washington), he will be doing so on the same ice in which he jumped over the boards as time expired and launched himself into the frenzied celebration with his teammates two years ago. He will be playing in the same building in which he was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Most importantly, Ovechkin will be playing in the same building in which NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman handed him the Cup, forever marking him as a Stanley Cup champion.

Will it also be the building in which Ovechkin becomes just the eighth player in NHL history to reach 700 career goals?

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