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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: DC is painted red, the accolades start to roll in, Kuznetsov gets some shine and more.

NHL: Stanley Cup Final-Washington Capitals at Vegas Golden Knights Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Relive Game Four in its considerable glory. [Rink Radio, WNST, Dump-n-Chase]
  • 15 wins, nearly that amount of posts, and diligent Oshie in the daily Narrative. [Rink]
  • The Capitals are off to Sin City to prep for their fifth (and possibly final!) tilt on Thursday with the Golden Knights. Along with their gear, they carry the hopes and dreams of a generation of DMV sports fans and oh my, is it glorious.
  • One. Win. Away. [SI (Prewitt), WaPo, NBCSW]
  • One last dragon to slay. Enter the dreaded 3-1 playoffs lead. [WaPo (Maese), Featurd, RMNB]
  • And yet - what factors could fuel a Vegas comeback? Not many. [THN (Larkin)]
  • The Caps vs. a Vegas miracle. Let’s flip a coin! [ESPN]
  • Cool, confident Caps taking destiny by the throat. [WashTimes (Loverro)]
  • You could also go with methodical, calm, and ruthless. [WaPo (Svrluga)]
  • “[T]he alpha males on the Capitals are taking over the Stanley Cup final.” [THN (Campbell)]
  • Alex Ovechkin and his Caps teammates have the Tampa Bay Lightning Good Housekeeping Stanley Cup playoffs seal of approval.” In four of the past eight seasons, the team that has played past the Bolts in the Eastern Finals has gone on to hoist the Cup. [TBT]
  • It’s starting to look like Ovechkin vs. Kuznetsov for the Conn Smythe. Who ya got?
  • ... The case for Kuzy. [WaPo (Greenberg), RMNB (even if he sez he doesn’t care), NBCSW,
  • ... The case for the Captain. [NHL (Rosen), ESPN (Wyshynski)]
  • Let’s talk about Evgeny Kuznetsov. Lots of people are:
  • ... The kid who wouldn’t leave home. Insert mcphee-wink dot gif. [Sun Media (Simmons)]
  • ... But now he’s the life of the locker room. [NHL (Benjamin)]
  • ... And operating on the next level. [NBCSW (El-Bashir), THW]
  • There’s also a case for Braden Holtby. [THN, SI]
  • If the Caps close this out, T.J. Oshie would become only the second native of Washington State with his name on the Cup... [Pilot Online]
  • ... and the first with his mug on a Metro farecard. [@wmata, RMNB, Sporting News]
  • Technically Tom Wilson doesn’t break many rules, though he does bend them. Also he’s usually guilty of one of the Unwritten Rules of Hockey - being Tom Wilson. [Sporting News]
  • Chandler Stephenson, This Is Your Life. No, really. It’s all of Stevie’s hockey life, from age-four ringette right through to the freaking Stanley Cup Final. [Saskatoon Star-Phoenix]
  • Get ready for Game Five, DC:
  • There is a viewing party in Capital One Arena, and you’ll need tickets. [Caps Outsider, RMNB]
  • If you can’t get in, the local establishments would be delighted to have your custom. [Yahoo/NBCSW]
  • Having fourth-line envy is no way to live, Steeltown. Heh. [Pittsburgh Sports Now]
  • Finally, happy 44th birthday to Anson Carter.