The Washington Capitals, led by Alex Ovechkin, meet the Tampa Bay Lightning, led by Nikita Kucherov in Game 1 of the NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs, East Conference Finals, on Friday, May 11, 2018 (5/11/18) at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.
Here's what you need to know:
Who: Capitals vs. Lightning
What: Game 1, East Finals, 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs
When: Friday, May 11, 2018
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Fla.
Time: 8 p.m. Eastern
Livestream: NBC Sports Live
Line: Lightning -185
Capitals-Lightning preview, predictions
The smiling side of a handshake line at the end of the second round was a brand-new experience for Alex Ovechkin and Barry Trotz.
Ovechkin received a message of good luck and a pat on the chest from Sidney Crosby, while Trotz got to enjoy a happy moment with longtime coaching friend Jacques Martin. Ovechkin acknowledged he'd been in that position a lot of times -- though never as the one moving on to the third round.