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Tuesday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Lightning Game 3 Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The home barn preps to host a hockey game in mid-May, the team’s series success has everyone marveling, the Captain is playing with joy and more.

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Welcome to the first Eastern Conference Final game on home ice in the Alex Ovechkin Era. Just close your eyes and breathe it all in. Our hearts are all a little bit fuller today.
  • Speaking of Ovi, the victory over the Penguins has remade him. There’s joy in his game, again. [NHL, Sportsnet, The Star, ESPN, NatPo]
  • Previews of tonight’s tilt with the Bolts from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL, NoVa Caps, Fox Sports, and be sure to swing by our SB Nation frenemies over at Raw Charge for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • The Capitals are up two games to none in this series over the Lightning in commanding fashion, a result that apparently nobody saw coming and now cannot comprehend:
  • Dan Steinberg can’t even. [WaPo]
  • Ryan Lambert can’t even. [Puck Daddy]
  • Barry Petchesky can’t even. [Deadspin]
  • Down Goes Brown can even, but just barely. [Sportsnet]
  • The Bolts know they will need to dig deeper to dig themselves out of this 0-2 hole... [ESPN, AP, NatPo]
  • ... but can they? [TBT, NHL]
  • Lucky, and good. The numbers don’t lie. [WaPo (Greenberg)]
  • Most improved at 5 v 5 play too! [Caps Outsider]
  • Maybe Lars Eller should get some of the credit. [Rink]
  • Reminder - the Caps have held playoff series leads of 2-0 twice before...and neither of them turned out particularly well. [Peerless]
  • And then there’s that whole history-of-facing-the-Bolts-in-the-postseason thing too. [NoVa Caps]
  • Is this Jay Beagle‘s last run with the Caps? [WaPo]
  • I keep reading the headlines as “Michal Kempny has been fired”, but fortunately he has merely been fined for crosschecking Cedric Paquette in the noggin. [NoVa Caps]
  • DC Councilmember Jack Edwards and other city officials have been trying to get a plan in place for an outdoor viewing party, but it looks unlikely to happen tonight. [WashTimes]
  • Finally, the buried lede in this story is that Olie Kolzig recently underwent major hip surgery. But that doesn’t mean that he wasn’t able to celly with Peter Bondra and some of their other Caps teammates who were the last squad to break through to the Conference final. [SI (Prewitt)]