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Ovechkin, other NHLers plan mass exodus

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Ovechkin, other NHLers plan mass exodus

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has returned home to Moscow and says he is prepared to play in Russias KontinentalHockey League.Goaltender Michal Neuvirth tweeted this photo on Friday,with the message, It Looks like Europe fornow!!! Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson said they will lookinto playing in the Swedish Elite League.With a growing sense the NHL lockout will be a long one,players are quickly committing themselves to leagues overseas, guaranteeing theirown financial security while placing pressure on the NHL to change its stanceon a reduction of their share of league revenue from 57 percent 49 percent.On Sunday the mass exodus began when NHL stars NHL stars Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar signed with Mettalurg of the KHL. The KHL reportedly has set a maximum of 65 percent of a player's current NHL salary, which means Ovechkin could make as much as 6.2 million to play in Russia.

What happens if a lockout comes and the top 100 players inthe world sign over in Europe for a year-longcontract? Capitals player representative Brooks Laich said. Then what? Is the game going to return? The fans are comingto see the players, not coming to see the owners. The top players are alwaysgoing to play. Theres always going to be a spot for them. This is the mostcompetitive and toughest league to make it in the world. This is where the besthockey players are, so if theyre available other teams are going to come calling.Its obviously a tough subject, Capitals coach Adam Oatessaid of his players willingness to play overseas, but its part of life. Fora young guy, it depends on where he is in his career. Well send some guys downto Hershey, but other than that, its a business. Its a job and this is theugly part of it.In a memo from the NHLPA last week, players were advised toconsider the option of playing overseas and were reminded to secure insurancepolicies that cover their contracts in the event they suffer career-ending injuries.That, of course, is the biggest concern of NHL owners andgeneral managers who have invested in their top players. Ovechkin has nineyears remaining on a 13-year, 124 million contract.Suffering a career-ending injury in Russia or worse yet, a decisionto continue his career there -- would be a catastrophic loss to the Caps andtheir fans.I cant say Im nervous about it, Oates said. But younever know what might happen.The Caps already have assigned defenseman Dmitry Orlov,goaltender Braden Holtby and forwards Stan Galiev and Mattias Sjogren to theAHL Hershey Bears.We need them to play, Caps general manager George McPheesaid. Its better for them and us, long-term.Veteran forwards Mike Ribeiro, Jason Chimera and BrooksLaich said they plan on remaining in the area and finding ice to rent in theevent of a quick settlement. But as the lockout continues, many of the Caps playerssay they will return to their summer homes and begin looking elsewhere for aplace to play.The beauty of the game today is that its a global game,Laich said, and there are other opportunities.

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How the Caps upset the Lightning to win the conference championship

How the Caps upset the Lightning to win the conference championship

It wasn't supposed to happen.

The Capitals celebrated too hard after beating the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Second Round. The Tampa Bay Lightning had been here before. Tampa Bay's roster was deeper. Their goalie was hotter. They had home ice advantage. They had easily won their first two series. Nicklas Backstrom was still injured. Washington wouldn't be able to stop the Lightning's power play.

Here's how the Capitals were able to shock the hockey world and upset the Lightning.

For all of those reasons, many did not even give the Caps a chance. Washington overcame every obstacle in their way and was, for the most part, the better team through seven games defeating Tampa Bay to win the Eastern Conference for just the second time in franchise history.

The Capitals showed in their second-round win over the Penguins that these weren't the "same old Caps." They continued to prove that in the conference final when they stunned the Lightning to win Game 1 and Game 2 both on the road.

Here's how the Capitals were able to shock the hockey world and upset the Lightning.

When Washington lost the next three, many thought that meant the real Lightning had awoken, but it was the Caps who rose to the occasion in Game 6 and Game 7 where they face elimination as they completely dominated Tampa Bay by a combined score of 7-0.

The Caps now advance to take on the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final. The Knights have lost only three games this entire postseason and will hope to carry that momentum with them into Game 1.

If there is one thing this Washington team has proven, however, it's that you should never count them out.

Here's how the Capitals were able to shock the hockey world and upset the Lightning.

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NHL Stanley Cup Final 2018: Capitals vs. Golden Knights full schedule announced, date, time, TV channel, how to watch

NHL Stanley Cup Final 2018: Capitals vs. Golden Knights full schedule announced, date, time, TV channel, how to watch

The Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights are the only two hockey teams left standing and will meet to decide the 2017-18 NHL Stanley Cup champion.

The Capitals advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1998, thanks to a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

The Golden Knights, in their inaugural season, shocked the NHL world, defeating the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks and Winnipeg Jets to become the first team in major American professional sports history to reach the championship game in the franchise's first season.

The Capitals and Golden Knights met twice during the regular season, with Vegas coming out on top in both games. The Golden Knights blanked the Caps 3-0 in the Caps' first trip to Sin City, and bested the Caps 4-3 at Capital One Arena on Feb. 4.

Game 1 of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final between the Capitals and Golden Knights takes place on Monday, May 28 at 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC 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 Stanley Cup Final between the Capitals and Golden Knights,  with Caps FaceOff and Caps GameTime preceding Capitals vs. Golden Knights puck drop and Caps Extra and Caps OverTime following the end of each game. 

2018 STANLEY CUP FINAL HOW TO WATCH

Game 1: Capitals at Golden Knights
Date: Monday, May 28
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET 
Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.
TV Channel: NBC 
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan)

Game 2: Capitals at Golden Knights
Date: Wednesday, May 30
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET 
Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.
TV Channel: NBCSN
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan)

Game 3: Golden Knights at Capitals
Date: Saturday, June 2
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET 
Location: Capital One Arena. Washington, D.C.
TV Channel: NBCSN
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan)

Game 4: Golden Knights at Capitals
Date: Monday, June 4
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET 
Location: Capital One Arena. Washington, D.C.
TV Channel: NBC 
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan)

Game 5 (If Necessary): Capitals at Golden Knights
Date: Thursday, June 7
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET 
Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.
TV Channel: NBC 
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan)

Game 6 (If Necessary): Golden Knights at Capitals
Date: Sunday, June 10
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET 
Location: Capital One Arena. Washington, D.C.
TV Channel: NBC 
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan)

Game 7 (If Necessary): Capitals at Golden Knights
Date: Wednesday, June 13
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET 
Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.
TV Channel: NBC 
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan)
 

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