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Caps Today, 6/3/18

June 3, 2018
Caps captain Alex  Ovechkin scored his 14th goal of the postseason in Game 3, tying John Druce’s goal total in the 1990 playoffs for the most in franchise history. In addition, Ovechkin’s 14 goals are tied for the second-most goals by a Russian-born player in a single postseason in NHL history (Evgeni Malkin: 14, 2009; Pavel Bure: 16, 1994). Ovechkin is now one goal shy of Sidney Crosby (2009, 15 goals) for the most goals in a single postseason over the last 10 seasons. This postseason, Ovechkin has registered 25 points (14g, 11a) in 22 games and is two points shy of Evgeny Kuznetsov's current mark this postseason (Kuznetsov: 12g, 15a), which is the all-time franchise mark for points in a postseason. Ovechkin, who is fourth among active players with 60 career playoff goals, and is tied with Joe Mullen, Brendan Shanahan and Doug Gilmour for 31st in NHL history. Ovechkin’s .504 goals per game average is the eighth-highest rating in NHL history among players with at least 110 playoff games played. Among the top 10 active career playoff goal scorers, Ovechkin ranks fourth, and his 0.504 goals per game ranks first among players on that list. In 119 career playoff games, Ovechkin has 115 points (60g, 55a) and ranks first in franchise history in playoff games played, goals, points, power play goals (20), power play points (49), game-winning goals (8), shots (537) and second in assists. Ovechkin aims to become the third player in NHL history to score 600 career regular-season goals before winning his first Stanley Cup (Luc Robitaille: 620 goals before 2002 Cup; Dave Andreychuk 634 goals before 2004 Cup). Additionally, Ovechkin can become the 16th player in NHL history to play at least 1,000 career regular-season games before winning his first Cup and the second to do so with the team for which he has played at least 1,000 games (Steve Yzerman with Detroit). He also seeks to become the ninth player to have 1,000 career points before capturing his first Cup. If the  Capitals win the series and capture the Stanley Cup, Ovechkin (Moscow, Russia) would become the first Russian player to captain a Stanley Cup champion. 

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: Caps Confound Knights, 3-1 / SKATE SHAVINGS - News and Notes from Caps' Morning Skate

Washington Post: Alex Ovechkin starts it, DSP ends it and the Capitals seize 2-1 Stanley Cup finals lead / The Capitals outhustled and outworked the Golden Knights to gain an edge in Game 3 / Brooks Orpik returns to Game 3 after brutal hit, prompting scrutiny of league’s concussion protocol / The Golden Knights have lost two straight for first time in playoffs / Evgeny Kuznetsov shakes off the pain, delivers haymaker of a goal for Capitals / Svrluga: Alex Ovechkin is playing the most complete hockey of his career / D.C. Sports Bog: The Caps won, and look at the madness outside Capital One Arena / T.J. Oshie and Matt Niskanen took the Metro to Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals

Washington Times: Ovechkin, Capitals take 2-1 Stanley Cup lead with Game 3 win / Kuznetsov plays Game 3 and wastes no time returning to form / Joe Gibbs, Pat Sajak, Sting among celebs supporting Capitals at Game 3 / Kuznetsov likely to play in Game 3 / Stanley Cup Game 3: How to watch and what to watch for / Loverro: Vegas can have the glitz, Capitals want the Cup

NBC Sports Washington: 3 reasons the Caps beat the Golden Knights in Game 3 / Tarik's 3 Stars: Evgeny Kuznetsov helps the Caps take a 2-1 Stanley Cup Final lead / Crazy statistics from Game 3 of the Capitals-Golden Knights Stanley Cup Final / Joe Gibbs leads 'let's go Caps' cheer to lead off Game 3 / Victor Oladipo rocks the red at the Game 3 of the Stanley Cup / Michal Kempny falls into boards in warmups, still in Game 3 lineup / T.J. Oshie, Matt Niskanen take Metro to Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final / D.C. area radio station does the right thing, bans Imagine Dragons from playlist During Stanley Cup / Capitals Stanley Cup Final Watch Party Guide: Washington, D.C. bars, location, specials / Evgeny Kuznetsov participates in morning skate, is a game-time decision for Game 3 / 3 keys to a Game 3 win for Washington Capitals lead Stanley Cup Final after Game 3 win against Golden Knights / Ovechkin, Kuznetsov among top Capitals performers in Game 3 of Cup Final / Kuznetsov boosts Capitals against Golden Knights in Game 3 of Final / Kuznetsov returns, scores for Capitals in Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final / Ovechkin 'on another level' for Capitals in Game 3 win vs. Golden Knights / Vrana producing for Capitals against Golden Knights in Cup Final / Stanley Cup Final buzz: Ovechkin, Kuznetsov lead Capitals Game 3 win / Sajak announces starting lineups before Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final / Capitals fans flock to block party before Game 3 against Golden Knights / Wonder Woman is a big Capitals fan, in the house for Game 3

AP: Capitals flying high, up 2-1 on Vegas in Stanley Cup Final / Kuznetsov returns, scores goal, adds assist in Caps’ win / The Latest: Capitals beat Vegas 3-1, lead Cup Final 2-1 / The Latest: Humidity a concern for ice conditions in Game 3 / Capitals, Vegas ready for Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final / Kuznetsov game-time decision for Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final

247 Sports: Joe Gibbs in attendance for Game Three of Stanley Cup Finals

The Athletic: Alex Ovechkin doing it all as Washington takes a 2-1 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final

Australian Financial Review: Ice hockey-mad Mick McCormack heading to Vegas to cheer on Nathan Walker

Baltimore Sun: As Capitals organist, Lutherville's Bruce Anderson is playing in 'uncharted territory'

Bleacher Report: Alex Ovechkin, Capitals Grab Game 3 Win vs. Golden Knights; Lead Series 2-1

Canadian Press: Kuznetsov returns, scores goal in Caps' victory / Stanley Cup goalies Fleury and Holtby a contrast in personality, style / Caps' Kuznetsov in lineup for Game 3

CBS Sports: 2018 Stanley Cup Final: Five takeaways from the Capitals' dominant Game 3 victory over Golden Knights / NHL Playoffs 2018: Ovechkin, Kuznetsov power Capitals' Game 3 win over Golden Knights, score, highlights / NHL Playoffs 2018: Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov (upper body injury) is a go for Game 3 / The Capitals brought out Pat Sajak for the Stanley Cup Final and Twitter was underwhelmed

ESPN: Five things we learned from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final / Evgeny Kuznetsov returns to lineup, scores goal as Capitals win Game 3 / Capitals' T.J. Oshie, Matt Niskanen ride Metro with fans to Game 3 / Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov ready for Game 3 action after Game 2 injury

Forbes: Why The Secondary Ticket Prices For The NHL Finals Are Larger Than The NBA Finals In 2018

The Free-Lance Star: Steve DeShazo: A Cup title for the patient team is the sweetest

The Hockey News: Capitals' Best Players Standing Out As Washington Takes Control Of Stanley Cup Final / National Hockey League: Country-By-Country Scoring Leaders In The 2018 Nhl Playoffs / Kuznetsov Takes Part In Skate, And Dr. Ovechkin Is ‘Pretty Sure’ Pivot Will Be Ok For Game 3 / Ask Me Anything: Predicting John Carlson's Landing Spot

Los Angeles Times: Capitals win second straight to take lead in Stanley Cup Final over Golden Knights / Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov expected to play in Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final

NBC Sports: It was the Alex Ovechkin show in Game 3 for Capitals / PHT’s Three Stars: Oh my, Ovechkin (and Kuznetsov) / Golden Knights had no answer for Capitals during ‘unacceptable’ Game 3 loss / Capitals dominate Golden Knights for Game 3 win / Alex Ovechkin channels Bobby Orr on high-effort goal / Fleury’s busy start to Game 3 includes huge stop on Ovechkin / Evgeny Kuznetsov back in Capitals lineup for Game 3 (Update) / Alex Ovechkin ready for first Stanley Cup Final home game NHL Stanley Cup Finals: Golden Knights vs. Capitals RECAP, score and stats | Game 3

Omnisport: Stanley Cup Final 2018: Brooks Orpik will be ready for Game 3 despite needing nearly 15 stitches, report says / Evgeny Kuznetsov injury update: Caps center 'full participant' in morning skate ahead of Game 3

Philadelphia Inquirer: Capitals move within two games of Stanley Cup with 3-1 win over Golden Knights

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Mackey: Five thoughts on Game 3 of Stanley Cup final / At 37, ex-Penguin Brooks Orpik is a ‘rock’ for the Capitals

Postmedia: Evgeny Kuznetsov's return sparks Washington Capitals to Game 3 win over Vegas Golden Knights / Late season benching gave Braden Holtby the time to find his game for Capitals' playoff run

Reuters: Kuznetsov leads Capitals past Knights for 2-1 series edge / Kuznetsov returns for Capitals in Stanley Cup Final Game 3

Sporting News: Stanley Cup Final 2018: Evgeny Kuznetsov's 'Jordan Game' boosts Capitals in Game 3 win / Stanley Cup Final 2018: Alex Ovechkin, nearing mission accomplished, gets 'poetic justice' in Game 3 / Stanley Cup Final 2018: 3 takeaways from the Capitals' Game 3 victory / Stanley Cup Final 2018: Alex Ovechkin helps Capitals take Game 3, series lead over Golden Knights / Stanley Cup Final 2018: Caps counter Golden Knights' pregame show with . . . Pat Sajak / Stanley Cup Final 2018: Capitals' Alex Ovechkin gets his championship moment in D.C., at long last / Stanley Cup Final 2018: Mamma Lucia's fuels Alex Ovechkin, Capitals fans before Game 3 / Stanley Cup Final 2018: On Braden Holtby, 'The Save,' and prayers answered in Game 2

Sports Capitol: Capitals Game 3 notebook: Niskanen’s force, Kempny’s klutz, 80’s nostalgia / Evgeny Kuznetsov plays, scores in Capitals’ Game 3 win / Alex Ovechkin, Capitals fans have their moment in Stanley Cup Final Game 3 win / Stanley Cup Final Game 3 Preview: Evgeny Kuznetsov could return

Sports Illustrated: Alex Ovechkin 'Possessed' in High-Energy Game 3 Performance / Stanley Cup Final: Capitals Dominate in Game 3 Win Against Golden Knights

SportsNet: Cracks beginning to show in Golden Knights’ armour after Game 3 loss / Capitals’ Game 3 victory a celebration 20 years in the making / Ron and Don: Capitals’ Braden Holtby is ‘in a groove’ / Capitals’ Kuznetsov in lineup for Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final / Healthy Kuznetsov changes outlook of Capitals-Golden Knights series / After seeing its success, Marchessault copies Ovechkin’s hot lap / Why Capitals’ John Carlson is about to get all the money

TSN: Statistically Speaking: Kuznetsov stars in Washington win / Ovechkin wills Capitals over Golden Knights to take series lead / Ovechkin's home Cup Final debut well worth the wait

UPI: Stanley Cup: Capitals take series lead on Golden Knights

USA Today: Capitals beat Golden Knights in Game 3 for franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Final win in Washington / Capitals' Brooks Orpik stunned after huge hit, somehow still stays in Stanley Cup Final Game 3 / Golden Knights troll Capitals with 'hot lap' prior to Stanley Cup Final game / Alex Ovechkin can not, will not hide his emotions in the Stanley Cup Final / Twitter reacts to Pat Sajak's Game 3 introductions / Capitals' players took the metro to their first Stanley Cup Final game in D.C. / Artist recreates Braden Holtby's glorious Stanley Cup Final save in a flipbook

Vavel: Washington Capitals take Game 3 with a 3-1 win in Stanley Cup Finals

WTOP: Photos: Capitals, Golden Knights Game 3 highlights / Outside the arena, Caps fans revel in Stanley Cup mania / Athletes, they’re just like us: Caps players ride Metro to Game 3 / Sting, Shaggy kick off Game 3 with free concert in DC / Why free earplugs will be handed out to Caps fans during Game 3 / Capitals’ Rookie Jakub Vrana is living the dream in Stanley Cup Final

WUSA 9: Former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs led the 'Let's Go Caps' chant and it was awesome

Yahoo Canada Sports: Capitals put home-ice woes behind them, outclass Golden Knights in Game 3 / 3 reasons why Capitals' Barry Trotz has been a genius in the Cup Final

Yahoo! Puck Daddy: Capitals' Matt Niskanen, T.J. Oshie take subway to arena before Game 3 vs. Golden Knights / Washington Capitals get Pat Sajak for awkward Stanley Cup Final pregame show / Washington Capitals weirdly embrace SNL star Kenan Thompson at Stanley Cup Final on Saturday / Puck Daddy Bag of Mail: Ovechkin's ice time and Fleury's HOF credentials

TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals: Postgame Locker Room | June 2 / Caps 365 | June 2 / Postgame Podium | June 2 / Barry Trotz Postgame | June 2 / Two-Man Advantage | June 2 / Barry Trotz Pregame | June 2 / Rinkside Update | Matt Niskanen / Capitals Pregame Locker Room

Monumental Sports Network: Caps Red Line: Caps vs. Knights 6/2/18 (Game 3)

106.7 The Fan: Crashing the Net: Power Half Hour: 5-31-18 / 6-2-18 Pollin & Loverro Hour 1 - Capials play in the finals / 6-2-18 Pollin & Loverro Hour 2 - Brian McNally / 6-2-18 Pollin & Loverro Hour 3 - Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals

ESPN: Capitals 'business-like' after taking Game 3 / Good start key for Ovechkin, Capitals / Smith-Pelly: Only halfway to what we want

NBC Sports: Capitals' defense allowing Holtby to thrive / Capitals shut down Marchessault in Game 3 / Evgeny Kuznetsov takes over in Game 3 return / Alex Ovechkin's leadership is on display in SCF / Ovechkin says effort was key in Caps' Game 3 win / How Holtby fought to win back his net for the SCF / Caps providing joy to fan battling cancer / Game 3 preview: Golden Knights vs. Capitals

NBC Sports Washington: Capitals Extra Podcast: SCF Game 3: Grabs grab 2-1 hold of series for first Stanely Cup Final win on home ice / Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Breaking even in Vegas / Caps stars were key in Game 3 win / How the Caps can stifle the Knights again in Game 4 /   Player's Cut: Kuznetsov leads Caps to win / Gallery Place breaks into fandemonium after Game 3 win / Wonder Woman is a Capitals fan / F/ ans react to Ovechkin's second-period Game 3 goal /   Caps fans prepare for Stanley Cup Final Game 3 in DC NHL LiveWire: WSH vs. VGK, Gm2

NHL Network: NHL Tonight: Holtby in Game 3 / NHL Tonight: Braden Holtby / NHL Tonight: John Carlson / Clutch Performance of the Night / NHL Tonight: Daneyko's breakdown / Breakaways: Kuznetsov game winner / NHL Tonight: Game 3 breakdown / NHL Tonight: Olaf Kolzig / NHL Tonight: Pat Sajak / NHL Tonight: Victor Oladipo / NHL Tonight: Andre Burakovsky / NHL Now: Craig Laughlin / NHL Now: Beagle on Game 3 / NHL Now: Melrose on Game 3 / NHL Now: Alan May / NHL Now: Hersch previews Game 3 /

SportsNet: Ovechkin Reflects On Important Game 3 Win / Smith-Pelly Shares His Thoughts Following Game 3 / Oshie Embraces Capitals First Cup-Finals Victory At Home / Holtby Providing An Early Spark In Game 3| Coach's Corner / Braden Holtby: Return To Lashburn, SSK

TSN: Man of Stihl: Evgeny Kuznetsov / The Panel: Have the Caps figured out the Golden Knights? / Smith-Pelly made the most of ice time in Game 3 / Button: Capitals' centers dominating Golden Knights / The Panel: Stars came out to play in Washington / Dreger: Specific criteria must be met to enact concussion protocol / Trotz calls Orpik 'fine' after hard hit / Button: Ovechkin played to the best of his abilities / Holtby stays strong to carry Caps to win / Trotz: We've learned from every situation the playoffs have offered / The Panel: Capital One Arena will be rocking / Ovechkin ready to play on home ice in Stanley Cup final / Kuznetsov not upset with McNabb over Game 2 injury / Capitals excited to play Game 3 in front of home crowd /

USA Today: For the Win Podcast: Part 1: Inside the 2018 Stanley Cup Final

Washington Post: Caps fans unleash the happy in the streets after Stanley Cup Final Game 3 win

WTOP: Listen: Hear Capitals highlights from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final

Golden Knights Clips:

AP: Vegas comes up empty again in puzzling 3-1 loss to Capitals

The Athletic: ‘It’s been said all year about us,’ says James Neal, showing the perils of doubting a now-trailing Vegas

Knights on Ice: Vegas loses to Washington, 3-1, falls behind 2-1 in series / Stanley Cup Final Game 3 Preview: What to watch for as Vegas looks to bounce back in Washington / Golden Knights’ defense needs to find ways to slow down the Capitals / It looks like the Golden Knights may try to be big players this summer Golden Knights in unfamiliar territory after Game 3 loss to Capitals / Fleury gives Golden Knights a chance in Game 3 loss to Capitals / Stanley Cup Final blog: Ryan Carpenter / Marchessault does 'hot lap' for Golden Knights prior to Game 3 of Final

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Golden Knights fall 3-1 as Capitals take series lead / Play Gallant speaks of better improve fast for Golden Knights / Golden Knights search for answers as offense again sputters / Caps’ Kuznetsov shakes off injury, scores in Stanley Cup Game 3 / Brewing Ovechkin-Fleury showdown bubbles to the surface / Capitals favored over Golden Knights in Game 4, series / By the numbers: Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final / What people are saying about Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final / Knights opt for business as usual on Stanley Cup road trip / Sharp bettors on both sides of Golden Knights-Capitals Game 3 / Knights band behind Tuch as they seek to regain home ice

Las Vegas Sun: Knights' Neal on Game 4: 'We’ll have our best game of the year and tie it up' / Video: Player reaction following the Golden Knights loss in Game 3 to Washington / Capitals beat Golden Knights 3-1 to take 2-1 series lead in Stanley Cup Final

SinBin.Vegas: Golden Knights Didn’t Solve Problems Like They Normally Do / Washington Capitals 3 Vegas Golden Knights 1 (2-1 WSH) / Unbalanced Defensive Minutes For Washington Could Become Factor As Series Wears On

USA Today: Golden Knights' magical run faces adversity in Stanley Cup Final