- The Washington Times - Monday, May 21, 2018

For the first time in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Washington Capitals face the possibility of elimination.

After their third straight loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night, the Capitals can only advance to the Finals by winning Game 6 at home and a Game 7 in Florida. But a loss Monday puts an end to the season, and to a postseason in which the Capitals advanced the furthest in 20 years, only to fall just short of the championship round.

Here’s everything you need to know before the puck drops.

Opponent:Tampa Bay Lightning (Lightning lead series 3-2)

Location: Capital One Arena, Washington D.C.

Date and Time: Monday, May 21, 8 p.m.

Television: NBC Sports Network

Radio: FAN 106.7

Pre-game reading:

Alex Ovechkin says Game 6 is ‘probably’ biggest of career, by Matthew Paras

The key is Holtby. Always has been, always will be, by Thom Loverro

Game 6 transit report: Uber pays to extend Metro service Monday, by Adam Zielonka

Capitals look to avoid historic NHL playoff collapse, by Matthew Paras

 

Martinez, Nationals support Capitals’ run while Harper’s Golden Knights advance, by Adam Zielonka

 

What to watch for: Andre Burakovsky was a healthy scratch in Game 5, but likely will return to the Capitals‘ lineup for Game 6. He skated with the third line at morning skate, while Alex Chiasson was the odd man out of the top 12 forwards, but Barry Trotz said after practice that “what you saw today probably won’t stay that way” … The Lightning have scored on one of their first three shots on goal in three of the last four games. In Game 5, Steven Stamkos scored on the first shot attempt of the game.


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