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The Washington Capitals will begin their second round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night at Capital One Arena, the NHL announced on Tuesday evening. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. The rest of the schedule will be announced when available.
FROM THE CAPITALS MEDIA RELEASE
The National Hockey League announced today that the series opening game of the 2018 Stanley Cup Second Round between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins will take place on Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m. at Capital One Arena. Game 1 will be televised on NBCSN in the U.S. In Canada, the game will be on CBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports. A complete Second Round schedule will be announced when available.
This marks the 11th meeting between the Capitals and the Penguins in the playoffs, most in franchise history. The Capitals defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals in six games to advance to the second round for the seventh time in the last 10 seasons and for the fourth straight season, the longest active streak in the NHL. Washington overcame a 2-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven series for just the second time in franchise history. The Capitals also became the first team in NHL history to win a best-of-seven series after suffering overtime losses in Games 1 and 2 at home.
Washington will host Game 1, Game 2 and, if necessary, Game 5 and 7 in the Eastern Conference semifinals. A limited number of Capitals individual game tickets for all four possible home games of the Second Round will go on sale to the public at 8 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 1-800-745-3000 or online by visiting WashingtonCaps.com. Additional all-inclusive ticket packages are available in the MGM National Harbor Rinkside Club, the Budweiser Brew House and the Beck’s Lounge.
Capitals fans are encouraged to make their ticket purchases directly from the team. Only tickets purchased through the team are guaranteed to be valid. Fans can purchase their tickets through any Ticketmaster sales channel listed above and also through NHL Ticket Exchange. NHL Ticket Exchange is the only guaranteed secondary ticket reseller, and all tickets purchased on NHL Ticket Exchange are verified by Ticketmaster. For more information on Capitals tickets contact 202-266-CAPS or visit WashingtonCaps.com.
NBC Sports Washington will surround all seven potential second-round games with more than two hours of live Capitals news, analysis and commentary. NBC Sports Washington will expand its gameday coverage to include live Capitals news, analysis, commentary and entertainment. Caps FaceOff will be presented for a half hour leading into the game. After games, Caps Overtime will extend postgame coverage for up to an hour following Caps Extra. The shows will be fan-focused, allowing Caps fans to participate in coverage of the day’s most compelling topics and storylines. The Caps GameTime pregame show and Caps Extra postgame show will be hosted by Rob Carlin, and will feature analyst Alan May, as well as Caps Insider Tarik El-Bashir and other contributors and special guests. Caps FaceOff and Caps Overtime will be hosted by 106.7 the Fan’s Grant Paulsen, with guest analysts including Courtney Laughlin and “hot takes” from Caps fans across the region.
All Capitals playoff games are broadcast on 106.7 The Fan (when not conflicting with Washington Nationals baseball) and on 99.1 FM WDCH, and on the 24-hour radio channel, Caps Radio 24/7, devoted specifically to the Capitals. In addition to broadcasting all games, Caps Radio 24/7 will continue to provide instant news and access to the Capitals, including live game audio, exclusive Capitals playoff-related hockey content throughout the day. The channel is available through the Caps Mobile App by accessing the “Caps Radio 24/7” button at the bottom of the home screen, through WashingtonCaps.com and also through TuneIn radio, a free app that helps people find and listen to music, sports, news and talk content on the web.
The Capitals will practice on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex with media availability to follow.
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By Michael Marzzacco
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