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The Afternoon Narrative: Goalie Nontroversy, Legacies and #WINSday in D.C.

Three things we’re talking about this afternoon when we’re talking about the Caps

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1. In a bit of a surprise (apparently), Matt Murray skated with the Pens this morning, while Games 1-through-6 back-up Tristan Jarry did not.

Now, as good as Murray was this year and, memorably, in last year’s series between these two teams, the Pens obviously aren’t starting him over Marc-Andre Fleury in Game 7, and if the Caps do see him at some point, it’d probably be because Fleury struggled enough to be pulled. So, good for you, Matt Murray... hope to see you soon? (I know, be careful what you wish for...)

2. There are legacies on the line, y’all. Well, at least one...

And you know the history (both recent and ancient, relevant and wholly otherwise):

Meanwhile...

And a little closer to home...

In summary...

3. Lastly, tonight’s not just a big night for the Caps, but for their basketball brethren (and, to a much lesser extent, the local baseballers) as well:

The last (non-soccer) D.C. pro squad to make the final four? The Caps in 1998. What better team to snap that streak than this one?