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Monday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Golden Knights Game 4 Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps look to extend their series lead, the defense has upped its game, the Knights are questioning, a legend returns to the broadcast booth and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Relive the glories of the first-ever Stanley Cup Final victory on home ice with the Japers’ Rink Radio crew. [Rink]
  • Stifling defense, Kuzy the phoenix, and best Beagle in the daily Narrative. [Rink]
  • Previews of Game 4 from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL (and again), Fox, NoVa Caps, and be sure to check out our frenemies over at Knights on Ice for the other side of the series.
  • Welcome back to the broadcast booth, Ron Weber! John Walton announced that the man who was the Voice of the Caps from their very first game is returning for pre-game goodness and will call the first period along with Walton and Ken Sabourin. [Caps Outsider]
  • Plus a possible welcome to the Nationals’ Racing Presidents, who were spotted getting a little rink time at Kettler on Sunday. [RMNB]
  • Three games in, and breaking new ice. [Peerless]
  • The Capitals’ defense is making a difference. [NHL, AP, Sporting News]
  • As is their hustle factor. [WaPo]
  • Related - The Golden Knights’ top line has become a disappearing act... [TSN]
  • ... along with their secondary scoring... [LVRJ]
  • ... and changes may be on the way. [Fansided]
  • Also, it’s not Marc-Andre Fleury’s fault. [WaPo]
  • They remain confident, yet are looking to see “what we’re made of.” [NHL, LVRJ]
  • Point: Is the curtain beginning to close? [PHT]
  • Counterpoint: Overlook the Knights at your peril. [THN]
  • The Caps won Game 3 by moving the puck faster, blocking more shots, winning more faceoffs. Out Vegas’ing Vegas, if you will. So sayeth Jim Corsi, the man who brought us, well, the Corsi number. [NHL]
  • They also won with a timely insurance goal from Devante Smith-Pelly, who headlines an unlikely crew of “bargain-bin” players who are all contributing to this Stanley Cup Final effort. [WaPo]
  • Shout out to Chandler Stephenson, who had a SCF goal, until he didn’t. [NHL]
  • Friends, it is okay to believe. [WaPo (Boswell), Deadspin]
  • More sights and scenes from the outdoor watch party... [Caps Outsider (1, 2), WaPo (1, 2)]
  • ... which really needed more trash cans. And bathrooms. [Caps Outsider]
  • That Alex Ovechkin goal. Up close and personal. [FiCP]
  • Related - Mamma Lucia’s secret sauce. [Sporting News]
  • Finally, happy 48th birthday to John Gruden and happy 52nd birthday to Nick Kypreos.