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Morning Bag Skate: Capitals within a win of Stanley Cup after Game 4 victory

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2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Four Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The Washington Capitals are one win from their first Stanley Cup championship after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights 6-2 in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday at Capital One Arena.

Former Chicago Blackhawk Michal Kempny scored a goal for Washington in the victory. He has two goals and three assists in 23 playoff games.

The Capitals will have their first shot at winning the Cup on Thursday in Game 5 in Las Vegas.

Tied 1-1 in the Calder Cup Final, the Texas Stars seek their second straight win when they host the Toronto Marlies in Game 3 on Tuesday at H-E-B Center.


**Former Hawk Wisniewski breaks ‘a couple’ ribs in car crash (SCH)

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

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


**Preds’ Josi played gold-medal game at worlds with broken hand (theScore)


**Stanley Cup Final schedule (SBN)

**SB Nation’s 2018 NHL mock draft (SBN)

**SBN mock draft: Sabres select Rasmus Dahlin at No. 1 (Die By The Blade)

**SBN mock draft: Canes select Andrei Svechnikov at No. 2 (Canes Country)

**Game 4: Caps blow out Golden Knights, take 3-1 lead (Japers’ Rink)

**Golden Knights’ Miller broke his nose on Oshie hit (theScore)

**Smith-Pelly has gone from unwanted to unlikely hero for Capitals (The Washington Post)

**History clear as Knights trail Stanley Cup Final 3-1: Good luck (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

**Capitals continue barrage against Golden Knights’ Fleury (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

**Caps’ Kempny could be one of best value trades in history (TSN)

**Senators assistant GM Lee pleads not guilty to harassment charge (Silver Seven)


**NWHL free agency tracker (The Ice Garden)