Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018


Pre-Game Coverage on NBCSN Begins at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live

Winner Advances to Stanley Cup Final to Face Expansion Vegas Golden Knights

Coverage of 2018 Stanley Cup Final Begins Monday, May 28

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 22, 2018 – For the fourth consecutive season, the Eastern Conference Final will be decided in a winner-take-all Game 7 tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals face off against Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning with a trip to the 2018 Stanley Cup Final at stake.

NBC and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide live streaming coverage of Game 7.

Six-time Emmy Award-winner Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire (‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst) will call Game 7 from Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. Pre-game coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live, hosted by Kathryn Tappen alongside analysts Keith Jones and Mike Milbury.

The winner of the Eastern Conference Final will advance to face the expansion Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final, which begins Monday night. Vegas advanced to the Stanley Cup Final with a 2-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final on Sunday on NBC.

The Capitals shut out the Lightning, 3-0, on Monday in Washington D.C. to force tomorrow’s Game 7. T.J. Oshie scored two goals, while Braden Holtby made 24 saves in the victory for his first shutout this postseason. Washington is 4-11 all-time in Game 7s, while Tampa Bay boasts a 5-2 record in Game 7 showdowns. The Capitals are in search of their first Stanley Cup Final appearance since 1998, and Ovechkin is aiming to reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in his 13-year career. The Lightning are playing in a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Final for the third time in four seasons.

NBC Sports’ exclusive coverage of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final will begin with Game 1 on Monday, May 28. Networks and times will be announced following tomorrow night’s Game 7.

The following is the telecast schedule for the 2018 Stanley Cup Final. Networks and times will be announced following tomorrow’s Game 7.


Date Game
Monday, May 28 Game 1
Wednesday, May 30 Game 2
Saturday, June 2 Game 3
Monday, June 4 Game 4
Thursday, June 7 Game 5*
Sunday, June 10 Game 6*
Wednesday, June 13 Game 7*

*If necessary



NBC Sports Washington will surround all seven potential Conference Final games with more than two hours of live Capitals news, analysis and commentary. Coverage will include pre-game and post-game live from Capital One Arena for Caps home games and from Amalie Arena in Tampa for Caps road games.  Caps FaceOff will be presented for a half hour leading into Caps GameTime pre-game show coverage taking you right up to game time. After games, Caps Overtime will extend post-game coverage for up to an hour following Caps Extra. The shows will be fan-focused, allowing Caps fans to participate in coverage of the day’s most compelling topics and storylines.

The Caps GameTime pre-game show and Caps Extra post-game show will be hosted by Rob Carlin, and will feature analyst Alan May, as well as Caps Insider Tarik El-Bashir and Caps game broadcasters Joe Beninati and Craig “Locker” LaughlinCaps FaceOff and Caps Overtime will be hosted by 106.7 the Fan’s Grant Paulsen, with guest analysts including Courtney Laughlin and “hot takes” from Caps fans across the region.


NBC Sports Radio is a joint venture between NBC Sports Group and Westwood One and will broadcast every Stanley Cup Playoff game through the Stanley Cup Final. Sam Rosen (play-by-play), Darren Pang (analyst) and Billy Jaffe (reporter) have the call for Capitals-Lightning. The joint venture provides sports talk programming to radio stations nationwide and is distributed by Westwood One. Content includes hourly sports news updates, daily features, and long-form shows. On social media, join the NBC Sports Radio community on Twitter at listen live or on demand, or to find a station, visit

STREAMING COVERAGE ON NBCSPORTS.COM AND THE NBC SPORTS APP and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide live streaming coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. and the NBC Sports app are powered by Playmaker Media and available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TVs, Xbox, and Chromecast.