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.
Fleury first goalie off. Been a while since I've typed that.— Sam Werner (@SWernerPG) May 10, 2017
Coach Sullivan says Matt Murray is progressing and is healthy enough to back up tonight.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) May 10, 2017
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...
Legacies on the line in this latest Penguins-Capitals Game 7 clash https://t.co/rieTrHwEQU— ESPN NHL coverage (@ESPN_NHL) May 10, 2017
And you know the history (both recent and ancient, relevant and wholly otherwise):
Another year, another Game 7. Brace yourself, Caps peoples https://t.co/VmsgPWYabP— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) May 10, 2017
And a little closer to home...
Welp, basically everyone is picking the Caps to beat the Penguins https://t.co/23zEoLr1BM— Post Sports (@PostSports) May 10, 2017
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:
DC area set for an electric sports night https://t.co/OhJDtxZxaz— ESPN NHL coverage (@ESPN_NHL) May 10, 2017
What a day for sports in D.C.! What to you watch -- Nationals, Capitals or Wizards? https://t.co/pkD0MykVRx— ESPN NHL coverage (@ESPN_NHL) May 10, 2017
My col: The Troll that’s cursed D.C. sports is on the ropes. But the Capitals (and Wizards) need to knock him out. https://t.co/0MXv5HRy1F— Thomas Boswell (@ThomasBoswellWP) May 10, 2017
That time you were asked to design a sports troll. pic.twitter.com/cEUovGcj7v— Virginia Singarayar (@vsingarayar) May 10, 2017
Washington's drought of 66 seasons since a pro team reached final four in its league is by far the longest active. #Caps can end it tonight.— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) May 10, 2017
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?