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Tuesday Caps Clips: Round 1, Game 4 Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of Caps/Isles Game Four, a few leftovers from Game Three and much more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of Game Four from Vogs and, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Lighthouse Hockey for the other side of tonight's match-up
    • Biggest game of the year? Biggest game of the year. [WaPo]
    • The Caps will try to avoid yet another slow start. [WashTimes]
    • Time for the big guy to be a difference maker. [AP]
  • Game Five now has a start time (7:00). [Capitals]
  • Notes and assorted whatnot from yesterday's practice:
    • In general. [Monumental video (TrotzHoltbyBackstromLaichWard), ]
    • Eric Fehr will miss at least the next two games, which means either Andre Burakovsky or Michael Latta will draw in... [WaPoCSNWNHL.comPHT]
    • ... or perhaps both will, with Marcus Johansson also ailing.
    • Hard-hitting interview with Jay Beagle (by interviewer Joel Ward). [NBC4]
  • Game Three leftovers: 
    • What worked and (the much lengthier) what didn't. [Rink]
    • Well that was quick. Quickest, in fact. [Rink]
    • Braden Holtby was good in Game Three... but not good enough. [WaPoTSN]
    • Themes from Game Three. [Lighthouse Hockey]
    • The Isles fourth line is doing what it does, which is apparently important. [WaPo]
    • I have no idea what EDM is (other than an abbreviation for Edmonton), so I can't even make a joke here. [DC Sports Bog]
  • The Isles are doing a good job of containing Alex Ovechkin and the Caps' power play (which combined to account for roughly 37% of the Caps' goals this year, so yeah, not ideal). [WaPoCSNW]
  • And a bit more on that ugly postgame incident that had nothing to do with hockey (or acting like a human being)... [DC Sports BogTed's TakeOutsportsDeadspin]
  • ... and a statement from the Isles. [Puck Daddy]
  • Apparently this series is turning into a high school basketball game in which the volume of the respective teams' fans is a critical factor. [DC Sports Bog (and again, sorta), CSNW]
  • Et tu, Neuvy? []
  • Speaking of a former Cap scouting for the enemy, hey there, GMGM. [@NYP_Brooksie]
  • Ward and Tom Wilson don't know who to root for in the Wizards/Raptors series. (Psst, guys... go with the guy signing your checks.) [DC Sports Bog]
  • Speaking of Les Boullez the 'Zards, they play tonight as well, which hasn't always worked out well, historically. [DC Sports Bog]
  • Some thoughts on what the Caps need to do in Game Four to make it less like Game Three. [Live Nude Words]
  • Down a level, the Bears look ready to make a run at the Calder Cup... [WaPo]
  • ... despite Philipp Grubauer being solved. (Spoiler: the book on Grubi is the same as on every other goalie in the game.) [RMNB]
  • The Bears' three stars of the week includes top prospect Jakub Vrana. [Patriot-News, with more on Vrana at RMNB]
  • A look back at Hershey's regular season. [Stars & Sticks]
  • Finally, happy 48th birthday to Miika Elomo, happy 45th birthday to Stew Malgunas and happy 58th birthday to Mark Lofthouse.