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Stanley Cup Final

NBC Sports Network to air Caps-Lightning

Sunday, 04.01.2012 / 11:00 PM / Schedule


The Washington Capitals have their playoff fate in their own hands, and they can move closer to locking up the last playoff berth in the Eastern Conference on Monday night.

The Caps take a two-point lead on Buffalo into their game at Tampa Bay, one of just two on the NHL schedule. Washington blew a 2-0 lead against Montreal on Saturday but won 3-2 in a shootout to move two points clear of the Sabres. Tampa Bay, playing its final home game of the season, has won four of its last six and comes into this one after Steven Stamkos' single-season record fifth overtime goal of the season gave the Lightning a 3-2 win against Winnipeg.

The NBC Sports Network will televise the game in the United States, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Canadian viewers can tune in on TSN2 and RDSI.

Monday's other game also has big playoff implications. Los Angeles, the leader in the Pacific Division, hosts Edmonton at 10:30 p.m. ET. The Kings are home after finishing a four-game trip with a 4-3 shootout loss at Minnesota on Saturday. A regulation loss to the Oilers, a 2-1 winner at Anaheim on Sunday, would drop the Kings out of the division lead.

I didn't think it would actually work, but it ended up working, so I'm thanking my lucky stars tonight.

— Columbus forward Nick Foligno on scoring the overtime goal after telling the Blue Jackets in the locker room that he would win the game