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The Washington Capitals are having a moment, and on Wednesday, city officials are planning to host a pre-playoffs fan rally for the team at the Carnegie Library.
In a release, local sports authority Events DC says Mayor Muriel Bowser, team-owner Ted Leonsis, and former players will publicly cheer on the Caps at 801 K St. NW. The free event will last from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. “In addition, the Capitals’ #RockTheRed Ride of Fame bus will be on-site as well as Red Rockers, mascot Slapshot, and food trucks,” Events DC says. “The event also features giveaways, music and other surprises.”
On Thursday, the Caps—seeded no. 1 in the National Hockey League’s Metropolitan Division—will face off against the Philadelphia Flyers. According to ESPN’s Joe McDonald, the District’s team has not reached the Stanley Cup finals since 1998: “Many believe, however, that this could be the season Washington finally becomes a serious Cup contender. In their second season under coach Barry Trotz, the Caps have become a dominant team thanks to their size, strength, speed, and talent.”
Per the NHL, the Caps initial playoff schedule is as follows:
Capitals vs. Flyers April 14 – Game 1 at Verizon Center, 7 p.m. (CSN Mid-Atlantic, NBC-SN) April 17 – Game 2 at Verizon Center, 7 p.m. (CSN Mid-Atlantic, CNBC) April 19 – Game 3 at Wells Fargo Center, 7 p.m. (CSN Mid-Atlantic, NBC-SN) April 21 – Game 4 at Wells Fargo Center, 7 p.m. (CSN Mid-Atlantic, NBC-SN) April 23 – Game 5 at Verizon Center* April 25 – Game 6 at Wells Fargo Center* April 27 – Game 7 at Verizon Center*
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