Capitals DC Metro

Washington, D.C.’s subway system regularly shuts down around midnight, well ahead of most cities’ transit systems, which can pose issues for those who use it to head to sporting events that run longer than anticipated. That happened last October during the Nationals’ playoff run, with fans chanting “Metro Sucks” after the last train left during the seventh inning of the NLDS Game Five against the Dodgers (despite Max Scherzer lobbying for it to stay open longer), and it happened again during Game Two of the Capitals’ first-round NHL playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night. With the game heading into double overtime after 11 p.m. local, the scoreboard showed a warning that the Metro was closing down:

Plenty chimed in to complain and/or make fun of the city:

The Leafs eventually won at 11:35 local time on a goal from Kasperi Kapanen:

So, some people may have still been able to watch the whole game and then get on the Metro, depending on how long it took to get out of the building and get to the station (and how long the lines there were). But the early closing still definitely caused some to leave before the end of the game, and it provoked plenty of concern for others. One Capitals fan noted the bright side in raising awareness of the Metro’s struggles, though:

Indeed. The Capitals’ series with the Leafs is tied at one game apiece, so there will be at least one more game in Washington (Game Five next Friday) and potentially more. Both of the Capitals-Leafs games so far have gone to overtime, so there’s definitely a chance of this happening again, too.

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