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Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Golden Knights Game 5 Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Cup will be in the house tonight. The Caps will be looking to take it home.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • NBCSW analyst and friend of the Rink Alan May joined the Japers’ Rink Radio crew to discuss why this year’s team is different. [Rink]
  • A few months ago, we noted that perhaps the Caps might consider cutting ties with Barry Trotz. So, uh... let’s revisit that discussion, shall we? [Rink]
  • Talking center depth and other timely topics in yesterday’s Narrative. [Rink]
  • Previews of tonight’s Game 5 from Vogs, AP, NHL, NoVa Caps, and be sure to check out our frenemies over at Knights on Ice for the other side of the series.
  • Over 70,000 fans attempted to get tickets to tonight’s viewing party, which sold out in minutes. [WaPo, ESPN, RMNB, FiCP]
  • Crowds are expected to be so big in and around the arena that Monumental Sports has actually struck a deal to keep Metro open an hour later - for an away game. [Caps, NoVa Caps]
  • Not sure if y’all knew this, but... the Caps are One. Win. Away. Still, the team is trying to approach this like any other game. [NHL (and again), The Score, WashTimes]
  • If they manage to capture it tonight, they’ll also tie a pretty impressive record. [NBCSW]
  • Also on the verge of history? Alex Ovechkin, who could become the first Russian to captain a team to the Stanley Cup. [WaPo]
  • Learn all about the gorgeous trophy the Caps are hoping to capture tonight. [LVRJ]
  • They’ll need to keep their heads about them, because in the way of the franchise’s first Cup is a Vegas team looking for a miracle run. [NHL, NoVa Caps, Reuters]
  • Vegas is down 3-1 in part because, while he’s still playing well overall, Marc-Andre Fleury is no longer saving their bacon. [NBC Sports]
  • Only one team has ever overcome a 3-1 deficit in the Stanley Cup Final - the 1942 Maple Leafs, in one of the wildest playoff series in NHL history. [NBC Sports]
  • Blocking shots has become a part of the Caps’ game plan this spring - the product of a season’s worth of studying and strategy. [AP, LVRJ]
  • No lineup changes for the Caps (natch) but the Knights may be shaking things up again. [NHL]
  • Hear from the boys after yesterday’s practice. [Caps video (Caps365, Trotz, locker room)]
  • This is the furthest many of the Capitals have gone in the postseason, and they have a whole new respect for the grind required to bring home the Cup. [WaPo]
  • The randomness and luck involved in hockey have made the comforts of home less comfortable for the NHL. [NYT]
  • If the Caps win, the Conn Smythe race likely boils down to Evgeny Kuznetsov vs. Alex Ovechkin. Who you got? [NHL]
  • After a period of adjustment, Kuznetsov has gotten comfortable in the NHL - and now the late first-round steal is hopefully propelling the team towards its first championship. [NHL, Puck Daddy]
  • Chandler Stephenson’s versatility has made him a key part of the Caps’ lineup, and probably secured his future in the NHL. [WaPo]
  • Should Stephenson and the Caps bring home the Cup, he and the other Saskatchewan natives plan to use their win to honor the Humboldt Broncos. [Sportsnet]
  • Since being added back to the lineup in Game 2 of the opening round, Christian Djoos has been a quietly consistent member of the team’s blue line. [WaPo]
  • All about everyone’s favorite goal-scorer, Devante Smith-Pelly. [LA Times, NoVa Caps, FiCP, THW]
  • We’ll see if this will be an issue or not, but should an invitation to the White House be in the offing, DSP has made up his mind not to go. [National Post, WashTimes, Sporting News]
  • At one time it was a question of whether the Caps wanted Barry Trotz back; now, one win shy of a Cup, it may be more about whether Trotz wants to come back. [WaPo]
  • 11 years ago, a Caps scout flew to Nevada to watch Jay Beagle in a conference semifinal game against the Vegas Wranglers; the rest is history. [WTOP]
  • Might Philipp Grubauer be on the trade block come draft day? [THN, The Score]
  • This Caps’ run has inspired many of their fellow DC athletes. [NoVa Caps, STL Today, WashTimes, ESPN]
  • Columbus fans may not be quite as happy to see the Caps this close to the Cup, after they were so close to knocking the Caps out in the first round. [Dispatch]
  • Local hero Scott Van Pelt had a few words to say about the outpouring of support in the area... and how it was anything but “minor league”. [WaPo]
  • Wonder Woman says you should be a Caps fan. Don’t piss off Wonder Woman. [Washingtonian]
  • Arlington residents may have noticed new Caps banners around the area... and not all are thrilled with their appearance. Spoilsports. [ARLnow]
  • Turns out the whole crab-throwing thing wasn’t so original - read all about how it went down 20 years ago. [WaPo]
  • Get a peek behind the curtain at Ovechkin’s favorite pregame meal, and marvel at how he’s still able to move after eating it let along score goals. [ESPN]
  • Comparing the two Sin Cities: Washington and Las Vegas. [USA Today]