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Caps Today, 6/1/18

June 1, 2018
The Capitals return home for a Game 3 matchup against the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final. The series is tied 1-1 following Washington’s 3-2 Game 2 victory, the first win in the Stanley Cup Final in franchise history. Game 3 will be at Capital One Arena tomorrow night at 8 p.m.

Brooks Orpik scored the game-winning goal in Game 2. That marked Orpik's first goal since Feb. 26, 2016, ending a goalless drought that spanned 220 regular season and playoff games (181 regular season games, 39 playoff games), which was the longest active goalless streak in the NHL. During that same span, Orpik ranks third among all NHL defensemen in hits (595) and sixth in blocked shots (446). Orpik's goal marked his third career game-winning goal in 1,128 career regular season/playoff games and his second career playoff game-winning goal (May 11, 2013 versus New York Islanders).

Media Advisory

The Metropolitan Police Department has advised the public of street closures near Capital One Arena in conjunction with the 2018 Stanley Cup Final, Thursday, May 31 to Wednesday, June 12.

Fans are strongly encouraged to utilize public transportation due to expected heavy traffic and road closures in the surrounding area of Capital One Arena. Those with parking passes for either the Lexus Garage or Gallery Place Garage will need to enter from 5 th and G Street NW or 6 th and H Street NW and credentials will be checked at the police checkpoint. To view the Mayor’s Office full release on traffic restrictions, click here.

Traffic Restrictions for Capital One Arena Events Thru Stanley Cup Final:

There will be no vehicular traffic in the blocks around Capital One Arena listed below. The closures began on May 29 at 11 pm and will stay in place until approximately 3 pm on June 11:

  • F Street, NW from 5th Street to 7th Street, NW
  • 6th Street, NW from E Street to H Street, NW
  • G Street, NW between 5th Street and 6th Street
Additional Traffic Restrictions for Capitals Game on June 2:

  • G Street from 7th Street – 9th Street, NW (6 am – 11 pm)
  • 8th Street from G Street to H Street, NW (6 am – 11 pm)
  • F Street from 7th Street – 9th Street, NW (3:30 pm – 11 pm)
  • 8th Street from E Street to F Street, NW (3:30 pm – 11 pm)
  • 7th Street from E Street to H Street, NW (3:30 pm – midnight)
Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ‘n Chase: POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Caps 3, Knights 2

Washington Post: Capitals’ Evgeny Kuznetsov considered day-to-day with undisclosed upper-body injury / What made Braden Holtby’s save so good? Let Olie Kolzig explain. / D.C. Sports Bog: Caps fans have adopted the National Portrait Gallery steps, and the museum loves it / D.C. Sports Bog: With iconic save, Braden Holtby joins John Riggins and Jayson Werth in D.C. sports lore / D.C. Sports Bog: Here is every conceivable angle of Braden Holtby’s jaw-dropping save / Gridlock: Even if you’re not a hockey fan, the Stanley Cup finals are probably going to affect you

Washington Times: Kuznetsov 'day-to-day' after leaving Game 2 / Before leaving Capitals, Nate Schmidt did Philipp Grubauer a favor / Lars Eller, Capitals' 'secret weapon' and 'Tiger,' rises to occasion again / Loverro: Hungry Capitals fans finally get shot to see a title series on home ice / Metro service to stay open late Monday for Capitals' Game 4 of Stanley Cup

NBC Sports Washington: Trotz calls Kuznetsov day-to-day after absorbing a hard hit in Game 2 / Ranking Braden Holtby’s save among the top D.C. Sports plays since 2000 / Washington's 'secret weapon' Lars Eller delivers in Game 2 win / Conn Smythe Trophy watch: Holtby closes the gap on Fleury Golden Knights in control against Capitals in Cup Final, statistics show / Fleury, Holtby praise Golden Knights goaltending coach in Cup Final / Kuznetsov questionable for Capitals for Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final / Holtby stirs memories of Dryden with stunning save for Capitals in Game 2 / Marchessault, Chiasson put friendship on hold during Stanley Cup Final / Stanley Cup Final Buzz: Holtby saves Game 2 for Capitals against Vegas

AP: Kuznetsov's Status for Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final Unclear / Caps ready to roll in Stanley Cup Final if Kuznetsov is out

The Athletic: Bourne: Hockey is an awfully cruel game and Alex Tuch felt its wrath in Game 2

Baltimore Sun: Baltimorean Capitals fans show D.C. divide isn't so wide during Stanley Cup Final

Canadian Press: Versatile C Eller stepping up for Caps

CBC: Perogies or seafood? Mayors of Stanley Cup coaches' hometowns make wager for food, flights

CBS Sports: NHL Playoffs 2018: Braden Holtby's save to preserve Capitals' win is worth watching on repeat / 2018 NHL Playoffs: Here are Capitals fans going bonkers for their first Stanley Cup Final win

DC Curbed: All the Caps’ Stanley Cup-related street closures to know about

ESPN: Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov day-to-day after leaving Game 2

FiveThirtyEight: The Caps And Knights Might Have The Least Experienced Stanley Cup Final Rosters Ever

FOX5 D.C.: DC street closures, parking restrictions announced for Stanley Cup

The Free Lance Star: Rob Hedelt: Caps need to win Cup, for all fans of Washington teams

The Georgetowner: NHL Final Brings Traffic, Parking Restrictions

The Hockey News: The Save: Breaking Down Braden Holtby's Miraculous Stop In Capitals' Game 2 Win / Orpik The 10th-Oldest Player To Score Game-Winner In Stanley Cup Final — Who Are The Others?

KTNV: Capitals rule prevents Vegas fans from buying Stanley Cup tickets

National Post: Lars Eller's value to the Washington Capitals tested by playoff injuries

NBC4 Washington: MGM National Harbor Bets on Caps in Twitter Feud

NBC Sports: Andre Burakovsky seems to be back on track for Capitals / Capitals’ Kuznetsov ‘day-to-day’ with upper-body injury / Brooks Orpik scored one of the unlikeliest game-winning goals in Cup Final history / Conn Smythe Power Rankings: Ovechkin makes his move / Winning at home key to Capitals’ Stanley Cup destiny

New York Times: Ovechkin, Babchenko and the Politics of Russian Hockey

Omnisport: Evgeny Kuznetsov injury update: Capitals center listed as day to day for Game 3

Reuters: Capitals forward Kuznetsov day-to-day after leaving Game 2

Sports Capitol: Trotz says Kuznetsov is ‘day-to-day’ / Orpik’s unlikely goal comes as his playing end nears / Capitals rookies drawing from Calder Cup run

SportsNet: Braden Holtby and The Save: ‘Thank God he’s our goalie’ / Conn Smythe Rankings: Holtby heating up in goalie battle / Alex Ovechkin is on a mission and will do anything to win Stanley Cup / Looking at Lars Eller’s immense impact on Washington’s playoff fortunes

Trib Live: Comeback Capitals walking trail blazed by '91 Penguins

TSN: Orlov, Niskanen stand tall for Capitals in Game 2

UPI: Golden Knights' Reaves punches Capitals' Wilson in face in Game 2

USA Today: Once-critical Mike Milbury can't say enough positive about Alex Ovechkin this postseason

Wall Street Journal: The Russian Leading a U.S. Hockey Boom

Washingtonian: Things to Do in DC This Weekend (May 31-June 3): The Caps at Home for Game 3, Wine and Craft Beer Festivals, and NASA at 60

WJLA: DC Dunkin' Donuts are giving away FREE iced coffees after Capitals win / Ovechkin eats Mamma Lucia’s ‘Ovi Special’ before every Caps home game, and you can, too

WTOP: Dunkin’ Donuts wants to help you celebrate the Caps’ win / DC street closures announced for Stanley Cup Final

WUSA 9: Free iced coffee at DC Dunkin’ Donuts after Caps win / This guy has 23 Capitals tattoos on his body

TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals: #CapsFightCancer | Oshie and Addy / Henderson for Willie O'Ree Award

106.7 The Fan: Sports Junkies: 5/31 Hour 4- NHLer Andy Sutton, John Walton / Chad Dukes vs. the World: 5-31-18 Hour 1 - The Capitals Win Game 2, Craig Laughlin / Chad Dukes vs. the World: 5-31-18 Hour 4 - Al Koken, the Caps & Combos / Grant and Danny: 5.31.18 Hour 1 : Caps win + Holtby save / Grant and Danny: 5.31.18 Hour 4: Alan May

ESPN: ESPN on Ice Podcast: Stanley Cup Final & Arash Markazi / Thu, 5/31 - In the Crease - Holtby's amazing save evens series

ESPN New York 98.7:   Game Misconduct Podcast: The Save. NHL LiveWire: WSH vs. VGK, Gm1

NHL Network: NHL Tonight: Alex Ovechkin / NHL Tonight: Lambert on Warriors / NHL Tonight: Coyle and Lawton / NHL Tonight: Ovechkin Discussion / NHL Tonight: Top 10 SCF Plays (Braden Holtby mentioned) / NHL Tonight: Cup Final Talk / NHL Now: Lawton Order / NHL Now: Game 3 Discussion / NHL Now: Orpik's Goal / NHL Now: Kuznetsov's status / NHL Now: Holtby Breakdown / NHL Now: Capitals Perseverance / NHL Now: Eller Breakdown

Sports Capitol: Red Line: Resilient Capitals have replaced choking Capitals

Sports Illustrated: Do Capitals Need More of Braden Holtby's Late-Game Heroics?

SportsNet: Home Ice Disadvantage For Capitals Heading Into Game 3 / In Complete Awe Of Holtby Save, Maybe Best Ever / Lars Eller Chance To Prove He's More Than 3rd Line Centre / How Do Capitals Withstand Loss Of Leading-Scorer Kuznetsov?

TSN: StatsCentre: Eller to the rescue / Poulin on Kuznetsov injury: Impact lessened by Eller's play / The Panel: How big of a loss would Kuznetsov be for Capitals? / The Panel: What have we learned through two games of Cup Final? / Kuznetsov listed as day to day after leaving Game 2 / Seravalli: Trotz thinks Caps will be well adjusted, prepared without Kuznetsov

TSN Edmonton 1260: Rishaug: Everyone's waiting for the spell to be broken / Tomlinson: Holtby looked confident from the first save in Game 2

TSN Montreal 690: Dreger: Holtby deserved that one last night / Blackburn: Capitals were a bit lucky in Game 2 / 3 Starr Quiz: How do you like the Caps chances now? / McGuire: How the Capitals won Game 2

TSN Ottawa 1200: McGuire: Holtby save was really something special

TSN Toronto 1050: Dreger: Ovechkin set the tone for the Capitals early

TSN Vancouver 1040: McLennan: Washington attacking Fleury differently than other teams have / Johnson: Impressed with how Golden Knights have taken over Vegas

WTOP: My Take: Las Vegas makes a great host for hockey

Golden Knights Clips:

AP: Road warriors? Vegas hopes for boost as Cup Final goes to DC

The Athletic: LeBrun: Q&A with Bill Foley on the Golden Knights playoff run, their bottom line, and hiring George McPhee

Knights on Ice: Capitals 3, Golden Knights 2: 5 things we learned from a highly entertaining Game 2 Golden Knights won't change style against Capitals in Game 3 / Golden Knights fans who survived shooting name baby after Smith

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Capitals fans ready for chance to ‘Rock the Red’ against the Knights / Golden Knights in familiar territory tied 1-1 with Capitals / Game 2 of Stanley Cup Final produces record TV ratings / Knights’ Ryan Reaves, Brayden McNabb cleared by NHL for hits / Knights-Capitals series could be decided by test of willpower / Braden Holtby just what Capitals needed in Game 2

Las Vegas Sun: Heading to D.C., Golden Knights intend to simplify game / Star power: In a city built on entertainment, the Golden Knights stole the show

Sports Illustrated: Vegas Goalie Coach Dave Prior Is Lucky to Be Alive and Still Chasing His First Stanley Cup