Capitals star Alex Ovechkin leads his team into Game 4 Monday looking to take a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup finals.
Capitals star Alex Ovechkin leads his team into Game 4 Monday looking to take a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup finals. (Ricky Carioti / The Washington Post)

Washington Capitals fans have a lot of reasons to be grinning, whether it’s because the Caps took a 2-1 series lead over the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final or the induction of Caps Crab into D.C. hockey lore.

Therefore, there should be no reason to miss the game tonight. Trailing in a series for the first time all postseason, the Golden Knights will need to recall the offensive force that clinched their Game 1 victory last week to stave off collapse.


In an attempt to bolster Vegas’ offense, coach Gerard Gallant has called up Tomas Tatar in the 11th hour to aid the Knights’ struggling offense. A former Detroit Red Wings forward, Tatar recorded 16 goals and 12 assists in 60 games before he was traded to Vegas in February. He’ll likely replace David Perron.

Following Capitals goalkeeper Braden Holtby’s spectacular 39-save Game 2— highlighted by “The Save” — and stood fast against 62 shot attempts in Game 3, the goalie is treading in uncertain waters, having never played this far into a season in his career.

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Here’s how to watch Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final:

Pre-game coverage: NHL Live, NBC Sports Network, 6 p.m.

Game 4 coverage: Channels 11, 4, 8 p.m.

Broadcasters: Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (analyst)


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Projected lineups (via

Golden Knights


Jonathan Marchessault — William Karlsson — Reilly Smith

James Neal — Erik Haula — Alex Tuch

Tomas Tatar — Cody Eakin — Ryan Carpenter

Tomas Nosek — Pierre-Edouard Bellemare — Ryan Reaves



Brayden McNabb — Nate Schmidt

Shea Theodore — Deryk Engelland

Luca Sbisa — Colin Miller


Marc-Andre Fleury

Maxime Lagace

Scratched: Jon Merill, Brad Hunt, Oscar Linberg, David Perron

Injured: William Carrier, Malcolm Subban

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Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie

Andre Burakovsky — Lars Eller — Brett Connolly

Chandler Stephenson — Jay Beagle — Devante Smith-Pelly


Dmitry Orlov — Matt Niskanen

Michal Kempny — John Carlson

Brooks Orpik — Christian Djoos


Braden Holtby

Philipp Grubauer

Scratched: Alex Chiasson, Madison Bowey, Jakub Jerabek, Shane Gersich, Travis Boyd, Nathan Walker, Pheonix Copley

Injured: None

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