After the pomp and circumstance concluded at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland, the Washington Capitals put on their own show while defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 in front of 29,516 fans during the 2018 Stadium Series game.
After a great defensive play by Dmitry Orlov, Evgeny Kuznetsov (with his third point of the night) threaded the puck to Vrana, alone on the Leafs' half of the ice with Freddie Andersen.
There was a delay of about 15 minutes midway through the third period after the overhead stadium lights went out.
Ovechkin is just two goals shy from reaching 600 for his career.
All the line juggling in the world - and coach Mike Babcock went to his blender in the second period - couldn't kick-start the Leafs.
The Capitals' John Carlson and Jacub Vrana tallied before the frame was over.
NOTES: Curtis McIlhenney stopped all nine shots he faced in relief of Andersen.
The Maple Leafs players, dressed in all white, were much more visible than the Capitals as both teams skated around while the PA announcer kept the Naval Academy crowd entertained by playing music throughout the stadium. Only a few minutes earlier, Andersen seemed to get the worst of a collision with Morgan Rielly, resulting in Washington's fourth goal. Holtby snapped a six-game winless streak and bounced back from a tough month of February, when he had a 4.62 goals-against average. Players were given a chance to warm up again once the power was restored.
Washington took a 1-0 lead just 3:50 into the opening period on a goal by Kuznetsov. The Capitals were able to extend their streak with a dominant performance.