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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps’ third-straight win over Vegas has them within reach of the franchise’s first Stanley Cup.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • All about the Great 8 - and his many delightful reactions - in yesterday’s Narrative. [Rink]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night’s win from us, Vogs, Caps video (Caps365, Trotz, Hotby, Wilson, Oshie/Holtby, locker room), NHL (and again), TSN (and again), NYT, AP, USA Today, WaPo, NBCSW (and again), WashTimes, Peerless, NoVa Caps (and again), RMNB, FiCP, LVRJ, and Knights on Ice.
  • The Caps had to withstand an early onslaught by the visiting Knights, who were looking to shake off the disappointment of Game 3 with an early strike in Game 4. Alas. [LVRJ]
  • Instead it was Marc-Andre Fleury who once again took the brunt of the Caps’ opportunistic offense. [LVRJ]
  • For the Knights, missed opportunities and wide-open nets have them on the edge of elimination. [LV Sun, Sporting News, ESPN, PHT]
  • Still, while the underlying metrics were favorable for the Knights, they ultimately deserved to lose this one. [The Score]
  • Brought in at the deadline for a song, defenseman Michal Kempny could end up being one of the all-time best value pickups in NHL history. [TSN]
  • Kempny and his ‘mates have played a stifling defense that has frustrated the Jackets, the Penguins, the Lightning, and now the Knights. [Post-Gazette]
  • That frustration started to show through at the end of Game 4 as things got a bit... chippy. [USA Today]
  • It was a big night for T.J. Oshie as his goal and two assists helped deliver the win for the Caps. [NHL, WaPo]
  • Also having a big night? Evgeny Kuznetsov, whose four-assist night just speaks to how difficult he’s been to stop this postseason. [NBC Sports (and again)]
  • And then there was Devante Smith-Pelly, who has gone from castoff from New Jersey to clutch playoff performer for the Caps. [Color of Hockey, WaPo, PHT]
  • Home ice has been something short of an advantage at times - but the Caps have turned it around in DC at just the right time. [Yahoo! Canada]
  • The Caps are out-Vegasing Vegas. [Puck Daddy]
  • One. Win. To go. [NHL, Caps Outsider, NBCSW]
  • We’ve said it so many times before, it’s almost lost all meaning - but finally, yes, this team appears to be different. [WaPo]
  • Has Alex Ovechkin changed this postseason, or is it just the perceptions of him that have changed? [ESPN]
  • Of course, we know that the final demon to slay is this team’s penchant for blowing 3-1 leads, and perhaps it isn’t over for Vegas just yet... [ESPN, Knights on Ice]
  • ...but history is on the Caps’ side, for sure. [LVRJ, The Score]
  • The Caps aren’t thinking about past heartbreak. They’re using the scars to make themselves, and us, stronger. [RMNB]
  • The buzz and the excitement in this city right now is just amazing. [WaPo, NoVa Caps]
  • We may not have always believed in this particular group, but Barry Trotz has. [NoVa Caps]
  • And that belief now has him, and his team, on the precipice of history - and perhaps a big payday. [WashTimes]
  • They’re close - tantalizingly so - but the Caps know that nothing is over until someone earns that fourth win. [NHL]
  • The League is slowly moving away from the big, crease-clearing defenseman - but guys like Brooks Orpik and Deryk Engelland have still made an impact in this Final. [AP]
  • Seriously, though, stop asking Orpik to compare Ovechkin to Sidney Crosby. Enough already. [Post-Gazette]
  • Count former Leafs’ great Mats Sundin among those who would love to see Alex Ovechkin hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup. [NHL]
  • A moment 44 years in the making, the legendary Ron Weber stepped into the radio booth to help call part of a Stanley Cup Final game. So cool. [NPR]
  • Capital One Arena was chock full of DC athletes taking part in the championship run, from Nationals Ryan Zimmerman and Max Scherzer kicking things off... [NBCSW, USA Today, Sporting News]
  • ...to NFLer Ryan Kerrigan taking in the game... [NBCSW (video)]
  • ...to Wizard Bradley Beal not really knowing what was going on but enjoying it anyway. Same, Bradley. Same.
  • Scary moment this morning, as an Andre Burakovsky slapshot ended up hitting Devante Smith-Pelly in the face. Buy that man dinner, Andre. [NBCSW, FiCP, NoVa Caps]
  • If fans of the other 29 teams are still having trouble pinning down their rooting interest for this Final, DGB has you covered. [Sportsnet]
  • the many (very entertaining) faces of Alex Ovechkin. [WaPo]
  • The many (very hairy) faces of Braden Holtby. [FiCP]