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Wednesday Caps Clips: Round 1, Game 4 Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Caps aim for a series sweep, mopping up after Meltdown Monday, a scare for Braden Holtby and more.

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Your savory entitled to nothing breakfast links:

  • Previews of Game Four from Vogs, NVC, FiCP and NHL.com, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Broad Street Hockey for the other side of tonight's match-up
    • The Flyers will be without the services of Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, who was assessed a one-game suspension from the NHL Department of Player Safety. [NHL.com]
    • Michal Neuvirth is expected to get the start in net for Philadelphia. [NHL.com]
  • Notes and assorted whatnot from yesterday's practice:
    • In general. [Monumental video (TrotzCarlson, Alzner, Chimera, Rinkside Update/Beagle), NVC]
    • Brooks Orpik did not practice and has been ruled out for this game. Taylor Chorney drew in on the third pairing with the fortunately-uninjured Dmitry Orlov. [WaPo, @ikhurshudyan]
    • There was a scary moment in practice when Braden Holtby abruptly left the ice after some sort of contact with (an unidentified) teammate, but after some "treatment" on his left leg he joined his teammates for lunch, apparently no worse for wear. Coach says he does not anticipate Braden not playing Game 4. [WaPo, USA Today, Puck Daddy, CSNMA (and again)]
  • Game Three leftovers: 
    • Our own Kevin Klein was on CSN Mid-Atlantic after last night's Game 3 win to talk with Sebastian Salazar about the game and your reactions to it. [Rink]
    • Takeaways and (non-plastic bracelet) throwaways. [Peerless]
    • The Flyers wanted to send a message. The Caps had a reply. [DC Sports Bog]
    • "This city has an accountability problem." Philly radio pulls no punches. [CBS Philly]
    • Anatomy of a meltdown... [CBS Sports, RMNB]
    • ...and ten thoughts from Meltdown Monday. [Philly.com]
    • The Flyers organization is really sorry about its fans, you guys... [Philly.com]
    • ... and Wayne Simmonds takes responsibility for his team. [CSNPhilly]
  • The Orpik injury highlights the need for the Caps' deep depth:
    • "Before the NHL trade deadline in late February, the Caps decided they needed even more insurance on the back end and traded for veteran stay-at-home blue liner Mike Weber. Just in case. Now might be just-in-case time." [CSNMA, WashTimesWaPo]

    • Point: Orpik won't be all that easy to replace. [Sportsnet]
    • Counterpoint: Maybe, just maybe his absence won't be as noticeable as we might think. [WaPo]
    • Either way, Nate Schmidt should see more time on the penalty kill. Here's why. [RMNB]
    • And the confident Capitals remain confident. [NatPo]
  • Interviews and multimedia galore:
    • Alex Ovechkin got the Hockey Night in Canada towel and a chat with Scott Oake. [Sportsnet]
    • Justin Williams spoke with NHL Tonight. [NHL.com]
    • T.J. Oshie had a few minutes with Jim Rome. [jimrome.com]
    • Dmitry Orlov spoke with Russian media about the Bellemare hit and its aftermath. [RMNB]
    • Evgeny Kuznetsov gave a charming interview for the folks back home. [Soviet Sport, via GTrans]
  • Congrats are in order for former Caps  Alexander Semin, Wojtek Wolski and Oskar Osala, and potential future Cap Ilya Samsonov. They are KHL champions as Metallurg Magnitogorsk defeated CSKA Moscow 3-1 to claim the Gagarin Cup. [RMNB, NVC]
  • The season is over for Caps draft picks Colby Williams and Connor Hobbs as the Regina Pats fell in seven games to the Red Deer Rebels. [Edmonton Journal]
  • Finally, happy 66th birthday to Mike "Light the" Lampman.