The nation’s capital plays host to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years on Saturday night, as Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals host Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 3 on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN from Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. The series stands even at one game apiece, following the Capitals’ 3-2 win in Game 2 on Wednesday in Las Vegas, punctuated by Braden Holtby’s desperation stick save late in regulation.
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will provide streaming coverage of all 2018 Stanley Cup Final games.
Six-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member and analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will call the 2018 Stanley Cup Final on NBC and NBCSN. This marks the 12th consecutive year that Emrick, Olczyk and McGuire will call the Stanley Cup Final for NBC Sports, one of the longest streaks by any broadcast team calling a major U.S. team sport championship.
Saturday’s pre-game coverage on NBCSN will begin at 6 p.m. ET with a two-hour edition of NHL Live. Host Liam McHugh will anchor pre-game, intermission and post-game coverage on-site, alongside analysts and former players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones. In addition, Kathryn Tappen and Paul Burmeister will host pre-game and post-game coverage from an outdoor set at Capital One Arena, capturing the scene amongst the fans alongside analysts and former players Jeremy Roenick, Brian Boucher, and Anson Carter.
GAME 2 IS NBCSN’S MOST-WATCHED STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME IN THREE YEARS
Game 2 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final Wednesday night between the Washington Capitals and the expansion Vegas Golden Knights set numerous consumption records across NBCSN, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app and other feats, including: the most-watched Stanley Cup Final game on NBCSN in three years; the most-watched primetime program on NBCSN in three years; NBCSN ranking No. 1 across all of television among Adults 18-49, and more. Click here for more information.
STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME 3 – VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS AT WASHINGTON CAPITALS – SATURDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN FROM CAPITAL ONE ARENA
Alex Ovechkin scored his 13th goal of the postseason and his first ever in a Stanley Cup Final and Braden Holtby made 37 saves, including a spectacular stick save in the waning moments of the third period, as the Washington Capitals defeated the Vegas Golden Knights, 3-2, in Game 2 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Holtby saved all 15 shots he faced in the final period. Brooks Orpik extended the Capitals’ lead to 3-1 in the second period with his first goal of the playoffs and his first goal in 220 games.
NHL on NBC analyst and former NHL goaltender Brian Boucher, who played in the 2010 Stanley Cup Final as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, discussed the impact of Holtby’s save following Game 2.
Boucher: “It was incredible…it should be a goal. The game should have been going to overtime…that’s the type of save that can change the course of a series. There was a lot of criticism about his Game 1. He certainly answered all of those criticisms in Game 2, and to come up with a save like that is simply sensational.”
Boucher on Holtby’s overall performance in Game 2: “His rebound control was very good. His concentration was there. He looked a little nervous at times in Game 1. I didn’t get the sense of that here (in Game 2)…by and large, Holtby’s game was solid all night long. There was not a moment where I thought that he didn’t have control of this game.”
Washington hosts Vegas for the first time since the two teams met in Capital One Arena on Feb. 4, a game in which the Golden Knights prevailed, 4-3. The Capitals are 4-5 at home in these playoffs, while the Golden Knights are 6-2 on the road. Through two games, Vegas and Washington have combined to score 15 goals by 14 different players. The Capitals’ Evgeny Kuznetsov, who leads the team in both assists (14) and points (25), suffered an injury in the first period of Game 2 and his status is uncertain for Saturday.
Following is the full telecast schedule for the 2018 Stanley Cup Final with networks and start times. Pre-game coverage will begin each night with NHL Live at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Sat., June 2 Game 3 – Vegas at Washington NBCSN 8 p.m.
Mon., June 4 Game 4 – Vegas at Washington NBC 8 p.m.
Thur., June 7 Game 5 – Washington at Vegas NBC 8 p.m.
Sun., June 10 Game 6 – Vegas at Washington* NBC 8 p.m.
Wed., June 13 Game 7 – Washington at Vegas* NBC 8 p.m.