Friday Caps Clips: Maple Leafs @ Caps Game Day

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's battle with the Leafs from the Toronto Sun, Peerless, Cap Centre and NHL.com, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partner (and very best team-centric blog on the Internet, for my money) Pension Plan Puppets for coverage from the other side of tonight's match up.
  • This is the fourth and final meeting of the season between these two teams, with the Caps winning the first 6-4 and dropping the last two 2-1 and 6-3.
  • Bruce Boudreau is not concerned about his goaltending. Uh huh. [WaPo]
  • First Brad May defends AO, now he sticks up for Matt Bradley: "Alex Ovechkin was going to fight and Matt Bradley came flying in. That right there is awesome. I love it… what Matt Bradley did was unreal.... What Matt Bradley did was the epitome of fighting." [SportingNews]
  • More May (this time Alan), with David Steckel. [Caps365 (video)]
  • Revisiting the Caps' "to do" list. [Ed Frankovic's Blog]
  • That's one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind figuring out what the hell is with the dude in the space suit. [D.C. Sports Bog]
  • Brooks Laich and the music that inspires him. [Puck Daddy]
  • AO is a good fit as Caps captain. [The Star]
  • Viktor Kozlov on Ovi. [Alex Ovetjkin]
  • The Caps are rollin', but their weaknesses are showing. Spoiler alert: defense and goal. [CBSSports.com]
  • Despite his recent struggles, Mike Green is still one of the NHL's top defensemen if you're considering such trivial statistics as outscoring opponents and such. [Puck Prospectus]
  • Speaking of Green, he likes to travel with "a stack of ones" and "a video camera." Psst... you're doing it wrong - it's either/or. [Caps365 (video)]
  • Hurry back, Varly - you're slippin' in the Calder race. [Hockey's Future]
  • Yesterday's Tweet of the Day (and no, it's not a new regular feature): "got my jeff schultz jersey in the mail. my apartment is already +2" [@goremy
  • More Schultz love. [Ted's Take]
  • An interesting look at the League's "best" shooters. [BtN]
  • I finally got around to hearing Mike Wise's shoutout to us from the other day, and it's not as bad as you troublemakers made it out to be. Listen to the whole segment here (we come up around the 7:50 mark), or check out my new ringtone here.
  • For more interesting Wise subject matter, here he is with Gabby. [Mike Wise Show (audio)]
  • And here's GMGM on the town's other sports radio station (they're allowed to talk hockey on that one?). [ESPN980]
  • It's been a tough week for Michal Neuvirth - yanked twice and ruled out of the AHL All-Star game. [A Bears Minute]
  • So who's the goalie of the future - Varly or Neuvy? [StC]
  • Always nice to see new Caps ink. [Twitpic via @chaddukes]
  • Speaking of Chad Dukes, I'll be on his (and LaVar Arrington's) show this afternoon on 106.7 The Fan at around 3:10 to talk pucks. Check it out.
  • The Year in [Awesome] Goalie Portraits. [TTT Hockey]
  • Best of luck to former Caps marketing dude Tim McDermott as he heads back to Philly and the NFL to work with some real marketable talent. [Philly.com]
  • Chris Bourque wants another bite at the NHL apple. Keep working, son - you'll get another shot. [NHL.com]
  • Stefan Della Rovere is an OHL All-Star. [OHL.com]
  • Finally, per the HHoF, twenty years ago today, "Washington Capitals fired coach Brian Murray (who had been their head coach since Nov. 1981) and replaced him with his brother Terry, who had been coaching in the minors." Awk-ward.

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