- The Washington Times - Monday, May 28, 2018

The Capitals had 12,498 attend a watch party at Capital One Arena Monday for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

After the first period, the Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights were tied at 2. 

But the energy in the building remained strong — and fans mostly filled the building. The Capitals even opened the 400 level, which was closed off during last week’s Game 7 watch party. 

Further, the arena was set up differently as the ice had already been laid down in advance of Saturday’s Game 3. 

The watch party for Game 7 drew about 11,000, per Capitals PR.

The crowd went quiet once Vegas got on the board.

But winger Brett Connolly, however, gave them something to cheer — as did center Nicklas Backstrom:

Vegas, though, tied the game soon following Backstrom’s score. The crowd was not as happy: 

The event was free to attend.

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