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Stanley Cup Game 5: How to watch and what to watch for

June 7, 2018 GMT

This could be it.

The Washington Capitals are one win away from hoisting the Stanley Cup and delivering the city its first major sports championship in 26 years.

Let’s not waste time. Here’s what you need to read and know before the puck drops on Game 5, possibly the last hockey game of the season.

Opponent: Vegas Golden Knights (Capitals lead series 3-1)

Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas

Date and Time: Thursday, June 7, 8 p.m. (5 p.m. Pacific)

Television: NBC

Radio: FAN 106.7

Pre-game reading:

“Capitals dominate Golden Knights, move within one win of Stanley Cup,” by Adam Zielonka

“Capitals’ difference-maker is ‘another level of urgency in our game,’ ” by Thom Loverro

“After Metro shortchange, T.J. Oshie pays it all back in Game 4,” by Matthew Paras

“Inside the race car helmet the Capitals wear after each win,” by Matthew Paras

“With Chicago incident in rearview, Smith-Pelly excelling in playoffs,” by Matthew Paras

“From hot laps to playoff beards, superstitious Capitals stick to their ways,” by Adam Zielonka

“Devante Smith-Pelly has ‘mind made up’ on whether tovisit Trump,” by Adam Zielonka

“Cool, confident Capitals take destiny by the throat,” by Thom Loverro

“Stanley Cup Final sees ratings bump thanks to two unique ‘underdogs,’ ” by Adam Zielonka

What to watch for: If you’re going to the watch party at Capital One Arena, keep in mind that there is a free Washington Mystics game beforehand and extended Metro service after. ... Evgeny Kuznetsov’s four assists in Game 4 pushed his NHL-leading postseason points total to 31, tied for the second-most by a Russian in a single postseason behind only Evgeni Malkin. ... With one point, John Carlson will seize the Capitals’ franchise record for most career playoff points by a defenseman. He is tied with Calle Johansson with 54 points and also leads all blueliners this postseason with 19 (five goals, 14 assists).