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Wednesday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Golden Knights Game 2 Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Both teams look to rebound from a sloppy start as Game 2 awaits, Wilson avoids suspension, and more.

2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game One Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Hear from the Japers’ Rink Radio crew on missed chances in Game 1. [Rink]
  • Officiating, defense, and a missed opportunity - all in yesterday’s Narrative. [Rink]
  • Previews of Game 2 from Vogs, NHL (and again), NoVa Caps, and be sure to check out our frenemies over at Knights on Ice for the other side of the series.
  • It’s time once again to gather downtown with thousands of your fellow Caps fans for another viewing party at COA! [Caps]
  • Down 0-1 in the Final, the Caps remain confident - because they’ve been here before. [Reuters, NHL]
  • Hear from coach and team after yesterday’s practice. [Caps video (Trotz, Caps365, locker room, Burakovsky)]
  • The Knights are going to try and keep the Caps out from in front of their net going forward... [LVRJ]
  • ...while the Caps will be looking to keep the Knights out from behind theirs. [LVRJ]
  • Tightening up the defense in general, and taking away the pace, will be top priority for the Caps in Game 2. [NHL (and again)]
  • Some leftover thoughts on Game 1. [Vogs, WaPo, Frankovic, FiCP, RMNB, WashTimes]
  • Forward Chandler Stephenson is tracking his thoughts throughout this series and reflects back on the opener of the series. [NHL]
  • With two of the postseason’s best goalies going head to head, many expected a low-scoring Game 1... welp. [The Score, AP, WashTimes]
  • It likely won’t come to this, but both backup netminders are ready and waiting in the wings if needed. [Trentonian]
  • Once again it was the other team’s fourth line that helped determine the game’s outcome. Ugh. [NBC Sports]
  • That series opener was a hot mess, but an entertaining (and highly-rated) one. [Puck Daddy, CP, AP, NHL]
  • Also a hot mess? The ice surface, which the Vegas ice chief had the gall to defend. [WaPo, NBCSW, LVRJ]
  • And then there was the officiating, which no one is defending. [WaPo, WashTimes, PHT, NoVa Caps]
  • Tom Wilson avoided yet another hearing with the DoPS for his hit on Jonathan Marchessault. [NBCSW, ESPN, SI, WashTimes, Reuters]
  • Breaking down how the Caps’ puck support led to John Carlson’s Game 1 tally. [The Score]
  • He’s been waiting 13 years for this moment; now, finally in the Stanley Cup Final, Alex Ovechkin’s legacy can start to evolve. [NYT]
  • Checking in on the Conn Smythe race, one game in. [NBCSW]
  • Braden Holtby: breaker of seemingly innocuous rules. REBEL. [Hockeybuzz]
  • Barry Trotz’s hot lap reign is over; all hail new hot lap king, Lars Eller. [NoVa Caps]
  • What to do when you’ve got downtime in Las Vegas, city of sin? Play Mario Kart, obviously. [WaPo]
  • Caps’ owner Ted Leonsis surprised 200 Monumental employees with a trip to Vegas for Game 1. [WaPo, NBCSW, WashTimes]