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Saturday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Golden Knights Game 3 Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Washington is set to host its first championship series in 20 years, Kuznetsov returned to practice, and OMG THAT’S THE STANLEY CUP AND I CAN’T EVEN

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Two games in, here’s what we know about the Knights. [Rink]
  • Hello homestand, hot Holtby and Kuzy’s health - all in yesterday’s Narrative. [Rink]
  • Previews of Game 3 from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL (and again), Fox, ESPN, NoVa Caps, and be sure to check out our frenemies over at Knights on Ice for the other side of the series.
  • That beautiful ray of hope lancing across the sky on Friday broke through just as Evgeny Kuznetsov took the ice in the Caps’ optional practice. Maybe, just maybe he plays tonight. [NBCSW, THN, AP]
  • Capital One Arena is all decked out in ALL CAPS and Stanley Cup Final finery. Here’s the deets as Washington hosts its first Final series since 1998. [@Capitals]
  • The F Street fun kicks off at 4 pm and should go through 11 pm. Don’t bother driving in; they have a fairly wide Emergency No Parking zone and Comcast/Xfinity is picking up the late-night Metro tab. [@MayorBowser]
  • Sting and Shaggy are the headliners for the concert at 6pm on the (other) steps at the Portrait Gallery (along G Street). [@Capitals]
  • The game will be available for outdoor watching at various screens set up around the pedestrian zones.
  • Ted Leonsis promises that his Final will start on time and concentrate on teh hockey. “The Stanley Cup is the most coveted trophy in sports, it is the hardest to win. We see that and we want to be very, very respectful to the game, very, very respectful to the NHL and both teams, and we’ll do what we believe is the right thing in the right way for our hockey community.” [RMNB]
  • But hey, Pat Sajak for player intros! [FTW]
  • Y’know, if one really wanted to challenge Vegas for showmanship, one could. [Caps Outsider]
  • Oh hai there Nate Schmidt, Cody Eakin, and George McPhee. This isn’t awkward at all. Nope, Nope. [ESPN, NHL]
  • ... or maybe actually not-so-awkward:
  • Former Hershey head coach Troy Mann is still looking for a job, and it was a bit bittersweet when Barry Trotz called him to thank him for getting the youngsters ready to play big-time hockey. [AP]
  • One of Mann’s men, Chandler Stephenson, is keeping a blog for the Final. [NHL]
  • Whoa. The Caps’ organist, Bruce Anderson, is playing for his first Final game. And he used to be in the Baltimore Colts marching band! [Baltimore Sun]
  • Bring it, Caps fans. Your team is ready for you to raise the roof. [NHL, WaPo]
  • Caps fans love the National Portrait Gallery, and the Gallery loves them right back. [WaPo]
  • This game is as big as it gets. [WaPo (Svrluga)]
  • The crew roundatbled their “most surprising moments” of this series, and they are mostly Caps moments... [NHL]
  • ... like The Save.
  • Oddly enough, Alex Tuch doesn’t remember that save at all. Perhaps it just wasn’t all that memorable. [PHT, Sporting News]
  • You guys the Knights are totes gonna start throwing hits and dumbing down their game. And you should probably pull their finger. [WaPo]
  • Get ready for a monster game from Jakub Vrana, real soon now. [WaPo (Greenberg)]
  • If Alex Ovechkin isn’t invested enough in this series, now he’s got real skin in the game. A nauthentic Wayne Gretzky game-used stick for his dacha, direct from The Great One himself. [RMNB]
  • Finally - it’s all happening!