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Morning Bag Skate: Capitals, Lightning to play Game 7 in Eastern Conference Final

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NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Lightning Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Lightning host the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final on Wednesday at Amalie Arena. The winner will face the expansion Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final.

The Rockford IceHogs, the Chicago Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate, fell 6-5 in overtime to the Texas Stars in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final on Tuesday at BMO Harris Bank Center.

The IceHogs now trail the series 0-3 and host a must-win Game 4 on Thursday.


**RECAP: IceHogs fall to Stars in OT in Game 3 (SCH)

**A final, official farewell to Hawks legend Marian Hossa (SCH)

**Hawks officially sign Dominik Kahun, 3 others (SCH)

**IceHogs vs. Stars schedule (SCH)


**Wild hire Paul Fenton as new GM (Hockey Wilderness)

**What would Ryan Ellis’ next contract look like? (On The Forecheck)


**Stanley Cup playoffs: Bracket, schedule, scores and more (SBN)

**Key stat for Lightning-Capitals Game 7? Score first (Tampa Bay Times)

**‘The biggest game of our life’: Capitals brace for Game 7 vs. Lightning (The Washington Post)

**Capitals have a familiar, yet foreign hill to climb in Game 7 (The Washington Post)

**What’s Vegas’ best matchup in Stanley Cup Final? (Knights On Ice)

**Absolutely freaking out!’: Blue Jackets prospect Carson Meyer and the parasite that ruined his season (The Athletic)


**Loss to Bulldogs leaves Broncos fighting for Memorial Cup lives (Sportsnet)