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Morning Bag Skate: Capitals seek 3-1 series lead in Stanley Cup Final

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Our daily look at Blackhawks news and the happenings around the hockey world.

2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Three Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

The Washington Capitals, who hold a 2-1 series lead, look to pull closer to winning their first Stanley Cup when they host the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 4 of the Cup Final on Monday at Capital One Arena.

Gavin Bayreuther scored the go-ahead goal for the Texas Stars to defeat the Toronto Marlies 2-1 to even the Calder Cup Final 1-1 on Sunday at Ricoh Coliseum. The series now shifts to Texas for Game 3 on Tuesday.

BLACKHAWKS

**Defense first? Not if the Blackhawks are looking for immediate help (Chicago Sun-Times)

**What are the Blackhawks getting in new prospect Jacob Nilsson? (The Athletic)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Should the Blues pursue Stastny in free agency? (St. Louis GameTime)

NHL

**Stanley Cup Final schedule (SBN)

**Who threw a crab? This Capitals fan required two pairs of underwear to pull it off. (The Washington Post)

**Capitals GM Brian MacLellan is not interested in vindication (The Athletic)

**Theodore must bounce back from his Wheel of Misfortune (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

**Golden Knights’ scorers need to dig deeper for Game 4 (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

**Play Gallant speaks of better improve fast for Golden Knights (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

**Devils open to trading down at draft (NHL.com)

**Bouchard is ahead of his years — and his NHL draft class — after historic season (The Athletic)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Calder Cup Final: Stars muffle Marlies, even series at 1-1 (AHL.com)

**NWHL free agency tracker (The Ice Garden)