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In this June 7, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals center Lars Eller, right, celebrates his goal as Vegas Golden Knights left wing William Carrier skates away during the third period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals in Las Vegas. Paying the bills, going out to dinner and cutting the grass can fall by the wayside for NHL players on long playoff runs. With so much focus on hockey, everything on the outside is forgotten about this time of year. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File) **FILE**

NHL players forget outside world during long playoff runs

- Associated Press

This is the time of year when hockey crowds virtually everything else out for players who go on deep playoff runs. Travel, hotel rooms, practices, sleep, playoff beards and, above all, the next game are front and center. Things like cutting the grass and paying the bills fall by the wayside. They can wait, right?

The Washington Capitals ranked ninth in attendance in the regular season. As of Tuesday, more than 2,300 tickets for Wednesday's Game 7 of the first-round playoff series were available on the secondary market. (Associated Press)

Capitals fans flood ticket market for final game of Hurricanes series

- The Washington Times

A surprising number of local fans -- some superstitious, others skeptical and some just confident the Capitals will advance without them there to watch -- are making other plans for Wednesday night, when the Stanley Cup champions take the ice at Capital One Arena with their playoff life on the line against the Carolina Hurricanes.