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Wednesday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Lightning Game 7 Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: All bets are off as the Caps and Bolts face off for the Eastern Conference Championship and a ticket to Sin City.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast brinks:

  • Hope and history on the road in Games Seven... [Brink]
  • ... but really, Caps fans should know better. [Sporting News]
  • It’s the same, but different. [WaPo (Raby), Sporting News]
  • Previews of tonight’s winner-takes-all brawl from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL, SI, 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.
  • Viewing party! Capital One Arena is opening its doors to CapsNation with free entrance for all to watch the game on the Jumbotron and discounts at the team store. [WTOP]
  • Plus a drinking game! [Puck Buddys]
  • Alex Ovechkin is all of us: “Of course you have dreams, you have thoughts, you have all different stuff before the year or before the playoffs, and right now you’re in this position and you just don’t want to give up this opportunity. It’s not going to be easy. It’s not going to be like a regular-season game [that], OK, tomorrow we’re going to have another one and we can bounce back. Tomorrow is going to be the biggest game in our life, maybe.” [NHL, WaPo]
  • Related - The best way to shed the demons? Embrace the moment. [WaPo (Boswell)]
  • Tampa is also looking for a little redemption after previous third-round fizzles... [Raw Charge]
  • ... but hey, let’s just go ahead and call it “experience.” [NHL]
  • All for one and one for all - the team believes in its coach, and in each other. [NHL]
  • The maths also add up. [WaPo (Greenberg), NoVa Caps, TSN]
  • What player provides the x-factor in this best-of-one series? [ESPN]
  • And which Cap wants to become legend? [WashTimes (Loverro)]
  • Five things to watch. [LVRJ]
  • Three reasons each team can win. [USA Today]
  • Confidence - Braden Holtby haz it. [Sportsnet, RMNB]
  • Say hey, Chandler Stephenson. Postseason hockey seems to suit him just fine. [NoVa Caps]
  • T.J. Oshie brought it just when the team needed him to - and that’s what the brass wanted when they signed him to his long deal. [WaPo]
  • Five Caps who have been making a difference this postseason. [WashTimes]
  • The awkward question - could the losing coach from this game face unemployment? [NatPo]
  • Our SB Nation brethren in Vegas take a peek ahead at who their preferred opponent might be. [Knights on Ice]
  • A few delicious leftovers from Game Six:
  • A recap in podcast form from your faves at Japers’ Brink radio. [Brink]
  • “How [did] the Capitals break through that obstacle to get to that destination? By transforming into a battering ram.” [ESPN, NoVa Caps]
  • Holtby answered the call. [PHT]
  • Jon Cooper’s squad did not. [NHL]
  • The Caps were finally flawless. [Deadspin]
  • Happy 62nd birthday to Tom Rowe.
  • And finally, go get ‘em, Caps.