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Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Islanders Game 5 Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps look to carry the momentum from Game 4 to stay alive in the series,

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Three things we were talking about yesterday when talking about the Game 4 victors. [Rink]
  • Previews of tonight’s Game 5 between the Caps and Isles from Vogs, Islanders, NHL, NBCSW, AP, ESPN, Newsday, NY Post, NoVa Caps
  • 8:00 start tonight, people. Plan your evenings accordingly. [Caps]
  • Cal Clutterbuck left Game 4 early after absorbing a hit from Radko Gudas, but apparently is good to go for tonight. Woo...... hoo. [Newsday, NY Post]
  • The Caps have dug a deep hole for themselves. Nevertheless, Tuesday’s season-saving win may have given them reason to think it’s okay to believe. [WaPo]
  • Despite having already won a Cup and removed any silly asterisk that may be ascribed to his legacy, Alex Ovechkin continues to show that he’s not done yet. [WaPo]
  • His ability to step up in elimination games isn’t a new thing, either. If the Caps do eventually lose... it won’t be because of the captain, and it rarely is. [NBCSW]
  • A few more leftovers from Tuesday’s big win. [Caps, RMNB, Caps Outsider]
  • Checking in with the team after yesterday’s practice. [Caps video (Reirden, Wilson/Jensen)]
  • The Caps’ PK continues to be the one consistently dominant part of their game in this series. [NBCSW]
  • Butch Goring thinks the Isles can close out the Caps tonight, so obviously it must be true. [Newsday]
  • The players talk about adjusting to a playoff atmosphere without fans in the stands. [ESPN]
  • There are no fans in the stands at Capital One Arena and many others, either - which makes them the perfect place to set up socially distanced voting locations this fall. [Politico]
  • Everett Fitzhugh will start the 2021-22 season as the first black play-by-play announcer in the NHL - and he got his first shot at the NHL calling a Caps game with John Walton. [USA Today]
  • Braden Holtby talks about educating himself on the history of racism in the US in the latest installment of Race in America: Capitals United for Change. [NBCSW]
  • Devils fans think Braden Holtby shouldn’t sign with New Jersey because he’s overrated... the rest of us think he shouldn’t sign there because it’s New Jersey. [All About the Jersey]
  • The Caps’ new hairdos and goatees probably weren’t the reason for Tuesday’s win, but they were a sign that this team still remembers how to have fun - and that’s not nothing. [WaPo]
  • Add another goalie to the team’s stable of netminding prospects, as the Caps signed Zach Fucale to a one-year, two-way deal yesterday. [Caps]
  • Happy 57th birthday to Shawn Cronin.
  • Finally, may your day be blessed with a dose of mic’d up Evgeny Kuznetsov: