First it was Jay Beagle. Then it was Alex Ovechkin. Following them, Barry Trotz became a hit doing this pre road morning skate ritual. Now with the Washington Capitals having lost Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday night, somebody else had to take the hot lap. Before Tuesday afternoon’s Capitals practice at T-Mobile Arena the day before Game 2, it was third-line center Lars Eller doing the honors.
This road tradition is typically done at morning skates but with the games in Las Vegas starting at 5 p.m. local time, the hot lap tradition was moved to practices the day before games.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) May 29, 2018
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We’ll have more from practice later so stay tuned to NoVa Caps for all your coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals.
By Michael Marzzacco