Metro to Extend Hours if Caps/Islanders Goes Late

No Shootouts in Playoffs; Play Until Someone Scores in OT

The Washington Capitals will be kicking off their postseason drive for the Stanley Cup on Wednesday, April 15 against the New York Islanders.

Game 1 is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at the Verizon Center. Metro is going to help fans get to and from the arena so they can Rock the Red.

If the game goes past 11 p.m., Metro trains will run until 1 a.m. with access at Gallery Place, Metro Center and Judiciary Square, according to a tweet from the team.

Because it is the NHL playoffs, in case of ties, there can be multiple overtimes, and a winner isn’t decided until a goal is scored. There are no shootout victories in the playoffs.

The Caps have played in two playoff games that went to four overtimes in the team’s history. In 1996, they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fourth overtime in a game that lasted 79 minutes, 15 seconds.

In 1987, the Islanders and Caps took their Game 7 match into the fourth overtime before the Isles won. The game has the nickname of the Easter Epic, because the game started on Saturday night and did not finish until Easter Sunday. It is also the longest Game 7 in Stanley Cup playoff history.

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