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It's now or never for the Caps.
After taking a 3-0 lead over the Panthers in Game 5 Wednesday night, the Capitals allowed five unanswered goals en route to a Game 5 defeat. Washington, now down 3-2 in the best-of-7 format, is on the verge of elimination as the series shifts back to Capital One Arena on Friday night.
Game 6 starts at 7:30 p.m. with pregame coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. Here's everything you need to know before puck drop...
CAPITALS VS. PANTHERS HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Capitals vs. Florida Panthers Game 6
Where: Washington D.C., Capital One Arena
When: Friday, May 13, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Capitals vs. Panthers will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports channel finder)
*All first-round games will be available regionally on NBC Sports Washington and streamed live on the MyTeams app.
NBC Sports Washington will also surround all playoff games with live gameday programs Capitals Pregame Live and Capitals Postgame Live. Capitals Pregame Live will be broadcasted one hour before game time.
The shows will be hosted by Alexa Landestoy and feature analyst Alan May, with Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin contributing to coverage. Brent Johnson and Al Koken will make regular appearances on pregame and postgame throughout the playoffs.
CAPITALS VS. PANTHERS TV SCHEDULE
6:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live (LIVE)
7:30 PM: Capitals vs. Panthers Game 6 (LIVE)
10:00 PM: Caps Postgame Live (LIVE)
CAPITALS VS. PANTHERS FIRST-ROUND SCHEDULE
Game 1: Capitals 4, Panthers 2
Game 2: Panthers 5, Capitals 1
Game 3: Capitals 6, Panthers 1
Game 4: Panthers 3, Capitals 2 (OT)
Game 5: Panthers 5, Capitals 3
Game 6: Friday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. (NBCSW)
Game 7: TBD (if necessary) (NBCSW)
CAPITALS VS. PANTHERS WHAT TO WATCH
From NBC Sports Washington's Andrew Gillis:
The Capitals led Game 4 with three minutes left, right after Marcus Johansson was stopped on a breakaway and right when Garnet Hathaway’s shot to the empty-net hit the outside of the cage. The Panthers scored the tying goal a few moments later and won in overtime. The Capitals led Game 5 on Wednesday 3-0 in the second period and appeared well on their way to a victory and a chance to close the series out at home on Friday. The Panthers scored five unanswered goals to win the game. It’s not hard to imagine this series with the Capitals holding a 3-1 or a 3-2 series lead after five games. Unfortunately for them, the cold reality is that both games slipped straight through their hands...Read more.
CAPITALS VS. PANTHERS PLAYERS TO WATCH
Capitals: Alex Ovechkin, LW (1 assist, 4 shots in Game 5): Ovechkin led the Capitals in goals during the regular season, but Washington's captain has taken on more of a facilitator role in this series. Ovechkin has totaled six points in the series but has just one goal to his name. Washington will need No. 8 to do what he does best when the two teams take the ice Friday night if the Capitals want to claw back into the series.
Panthers: Carter Verhaeghe, C (2 goals, 3 assists in Game 5): Verhaeghe, the Panthers' Game 4 hero, had another stellar performance in Florida's 5-3 victory in Game 5. Verhaeghe totaled five points -- two goals, three assists -- in the Panthers' win, as the Capitals have shown little ability to stop him in this series.