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Get to know the Stanley Cup, Washington D.C.'s newest bling

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Get to know the Stanley Cup, Washington D.C.'s newest bling

Every hockey fan has heard rumors about post-finals win antics or wondered what goes on behind closed doors as the famed Keeper of the Cup stands watch.

But what’s there to know about the Stanley Cup trophy itself?

To start, it’s got quite the legacy as the oldest trophy in major league sports. The illustrious Lord Stanley of Preston commissioned the original silver and nickel bowl-shaped trophy in 1892 for the $1,326 in current dollar value. He initially called it the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup; passing it between amateur, then semi-organized, then professional teams until its retirement due to fragility.

If you want to see the original Stanley Cup, you’ll have to travel to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, where it’s rested since 1970. Nowadays there are two active versions, called the authentic, or Presentation Cup, and the display. Philip Pritchard, who works for the Hockey Hall of Fame, has been Keeper of the Cup for over a decade, safeguarding the trophy with his distinctive white gloves.

The silver-cast authentic cup, signified by the Hall of Fame insignia on its base, was created in secret by Carl Petersen in 1963 and revealed to the public three years later. It carries five active bands. The most recent includes 2006 to 2017’s champions, with a new band scheduled to be added this year for the 2018 to 2030 season. When the cup is disassembled to add and engrave the new ring, the 1953-1965 band will be removed and retired.

Per recent years, a team typically submits 52 names to be engraved. This includes players with at least 41 active games, coaching staff, owners, and managers. After this season’s additions, there will be 3,229 names engraved on the Cup. Of those, 1,331 are players, 12 of these are names are women, and 11 are repeats of Montreal’s Henri Richard, who played with the Canadiens from 1955 to 1975.

Since 1994, winning teams give each of their members a Cup Day where the possessor is free to take it anywhere and do anything with it – hence the crazy stories. Of the tall tales we know to be true, the Cup has visited 25 countries, three dogs have eaten out of it, and at least one baby has been baptized in its bowl.

The display version, made in 1993, stands at the Hall of Fame whenever the authentic cup is not available due to travel or, well, its presence during the Stanley Cup Final.

The last time the Cup traveled to Washington wasn’t too long ago. As part of the NHL’s 100-year traveling exhibit on the league’s history, it stopped by for a brief viewing period during the Capitals’ season opener.

Many fans joked that we would never see the real thing again – but clearly, we lucked out.

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Ovechkin and Fleury trade Game 5 barbs during pregame warmups

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Ovechkin and Fleury trade Game 5 barbs during pregame warmups

The Capitals are on the cusp of winning their first-ever Stanley Cup title, just a Game 5 victory away from bringing hardware back to the nation's capital.

But before the puck dropped between the Capitals and Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena, there were some pregame fireworks between the two team's most prominent players.

As the Capitals and Golden Knights got ready on the ice, Alex Ovechkin skated near Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

Ovechkin decided to have some fun. Fleury was not pleased.

Ovechkin, ever the character, seemed to have a wry smile on his face when Fleury returned the favor, whacking the captain in the shin pads.

If you needed any indication as to how loose the Capitals were prior to the game, Ovechkin provided the answer.

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Capitals vs. Golden Knights Game 5 Stanley Cup Final: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live stream

Capitals vs. Golden Knights Game 5 Stanley Cup Final: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live stream

The Washington Capitals are one win away from being crowned Stanley Cup champions for the first time in their 44-year history. Their 3-1 series lead comes on the heels of a 6-2 beatdown of the Golden Knights at home in Game 4 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final.

Monday night's win brought the Capitals closer to Lord Stanley's Cup than they've ever been before. With just one win standing between them and the cup, the Capitals head back to Las Vegas for Game 5 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final.

Here's everything you need to know about Game 5.

Game 5 Capitals at Golden Knights
Date: Thursday, June 7
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
TV Channel: NBC
Announcers: Doc Emrick (PbP), Eddie Olczyk (color), Pierre McGuire (box)
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 FM)

WHEN IS GAME 5 OF THE CAPITALS-GOLDEN KNIGHTS SERIES?

Game 5 of the Capitals-Golden Knights 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Finals will be on Thursday, June 7 at 8:00 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

WHAT TV CHANNEL IS GAME 5 OF THE CAPITALS-GOLDEN KNIGHTS SERIES ON?

Game 5 of the Capitals-Golden Knights series will be broadcast on TV on NBC. Pre and postgame coverage will be on NBC Sports Washington. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:00 p.m. — Caps GameDay Live
6:30 p.m. — Caps Face Off
7:00 p.m. — Caps GameTime
8:00 p.m. — Game 5 Capitals vs. Golden Knights
11:00 p.m. — Caps Extra
12:00 a.m. — Caps Overtime

WHERE CAN I STREAM CAPITALS vs. GOLDEN KNIGHTS GAME 5?

Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Capitals and the Golden Knights can be streamed online on the NBC Sports App. Click here for the NBC Sports live stream page.

CAPITALS vs. GOLDEN KNIGHTS GAME 5 OPEN THREAD

Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

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