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Monday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Golden Knights Game 1 Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The quest for four wins begins tonight. It’s go time.

2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Media Day Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Your savory Cup Final links:

  • And here we go. Previews of tonight’s series opener, and the series as a whole, from Vogs, LVRJ, LA Times, SI, Frankovic, NYT, Tribune-Review, The Score, NBCSW (and again), and NoVa Caps, and be sure to visit our newest frenemies over at Knights On Ice throughout the series for the Vegas viewpoint.
  • Get to know a Golden Knight: Reilly Smith. [Rink]
  • The District (and surrounding areas) has gone Cup crazy. [Rink, NoVa Caps, WashTimes]
  • Check out this awesome timeline of events that have led the Caps to this moment. [WaPo]
  • Tonight the doors to Capital One Arena will open for another watch party. [Caps, WTOP]
  • Can’t make it to COA? Here are other ways to watch around the region. [NBC4]
  • Of course if you want to see a game from the same building in which it’s being played, it’s gonna cost you. [THW]
  • Apparently the Stanley Cup Final is a pretty big deal, so yesterday players and head brass alike took part in a media blitz:
  • Brian MacLellan and Barry Trotz
  • Alex Ovechkin
  • Braden Holtby (and again)
  • Jay Beagle
  • Nicklas Backstrom (and again)
  • Matt Niskanen (and again)
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov
  • Chandler Stephenson
  • Devante Smith-Pelly
  • Tom Wilson (and again)
  • Andre Burakovsky
  • T.J. Oshie
  • Media day highlights... but no bulletin board material in sight. [NHL]
  • It may be his first crack at the Stanley Cup, but Alex Ovechkin isn’t letting the pressure get to him... and he’s all in. [NHL, WaPo, NoVa Caps, WashTimes]
  • Nicklas Backstrom is still banged up a bit, but that’s not holding him back. [WaPo]
  • That’s good, because the Knights are going to be looking for ways to make life hard for #19. [LVRJ]
  • After temporarily ceding the net to backup Philipp Grubauer, Holtby used the time off for personal growth. [WaPo]
  • He wasn’t the only one to grow over the course of the season; Trotz’s team went through quite the transition this year. [TSN]
  • It’s been a long time coming for a lot of the Capitals - and they’re ready to get going. [NHL, WTOP]
  • Oh, this guy again. Yeah, the Caps are familiar with the Golden Knights’ netminder of choice. [WaPo, Knights on Ice]
  • About that impending goalie duel. [WaPo, PHT, THW]
  • In the wake of horrific tragedy, the city of Las Vegas and their new hockey team came together - and it’s been a perfect match ever since. [WaPo]
  • No one saw this Final matchup coming, and that’s what makes it so great. [NHL, AP, NoVa Caps]
  • The regular season series didn’t go so well for the Caps; does it matter? [LVRJ]
  • Probably not, because - surprise! - the Caps are actually quite a good team right now. [RMNB]
  • The Caps’ depth should give them an advantage over the Knights. [WaPo]
  • Ranking every player in this year’s Stanley Cup Final. [ESPN]
  • Hockey in Vegas comes with all the trappings of Vegas, and the Caps will have to focus to avoid distraction. [NHL]
  • Vegas has been a great story for hockey, and casual and diehard hockey fans alike are enamored with them... but the Caps aren’t interested in playing the villain. [WashTimes]
  • Another day, another hot lap (and no stumbles, thankfully) for the head coach. [NHL]
  • Brian MacLellan and his Vegas counterpart go way back - and yeah, facing each other is a little awkward. [WaPo, NBCSW]
  • This is the George McPhee Stanley Cup Final (but only sort of). [WashTimes]
  • Speaking of former Caps’ GMs, Nashville GM is thrilled to see Barry Trotz get a shot at a Cup. [NHL]
  • It doesn’t matter that Trotz doesn’t have a contract - he’s got his team ready to compete for the Cup. [PHT]
  • Once again the Stanley Cup Final will be called by “Doc” Emrick and his dulcet tones. Driiiiive! [WaPo]
  • The Conn Smythe debate continues. [Knights on Ice]
  • Winning a Cup would be special for the team; it would also, unsurprisingly, mean a tremendous amount to all of us fans. [NBCSW, NoVa Caps]
  • This playoff run mirrors that of another team - the 2010-11 Boston Bruins. [NoVa Caps]
  • The arena’s sponsor is all in on their hockey team. [NBCSW]
  • It may come as a surprise to some, but not every expansion hockey team - and certainly not Washington’s - makes it to the Final the first season. [WashTimes]