Wednesday Caps Clips: Round 1, Game 4 Game Day

MONTREAL- APRIL 19: Semyon Varlamov #40 of the Washington Capitals makes a glove save on the puck in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on April 19, 2010 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's Game 4 against the Canadiens from Vogs (and again), Peerless and NHL.com, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partner Habs Eyes On The Prize for coverage from the other side of tonight's match up.
  • Notes, quotes and assorted whatnot from yesterday's day off (short version: the Caps' power play currently sucks (Bruce Boudreau's word, not mine) and the third D-pairing (Joe Corvo and Shaone Morrisonn) didn't skate but are hopeful to play tonight). [CSN Washington (Masisak, Masisak), WaPo (article, CI, pics), Dan Rosen (and again), Habs Inside/Out]
  • Game 3's goals broken down. [EOTP]
  • In praise of Semyon Varlamov's Game 3 performance. [Dan Rosen]
  • Speaking of Varly, in case you missed it in the overnight, check out this translation of an interview with the Caps' rookie netminder after his first playoff start of the season. [Japers' Rink]
  • At the other end of the rink, if Carey Price is in the Montreal net (as is being reported), several Caps have a score to settle. [CBC (and more on the Habs' goaltending situation here, here and here)]
  • And not to be left out of the the day's goalie-heavy coverage, Jose Theodore. [Gazette]
  • "Glory follows him." Sounds like something you'd embroider on a pillow with a religious symbol on it. Or what you'd say about John Carlson. [WaPo (and some fantasy Carly love - the safe-for-work kind - here)]
  • Some love for F16, err, Eric Fehr... [Masisak]
  • ... who is the "[p]layer the Capitals are vulnerable to losing via offer sheet." Doubtful. [Elliotte Friedman]
  • The Habs' series-winning strategy? Lose Game 4. [D.C. Sports Bog (original screen grab here)]
  • A look at the shot charts through three games. [Peerless]
  • What we've learned through three games. [D.C. Landing Strip]
  • Wyshynski, Smokin' Al and Alan May on WaPo Live. Good stuff. [CSN Washington (video)]
  • Critiquing Joe B. and Locker. [WaPo]
  • Some milestones to keep in mind. Already. [A Capital Offense]
  • On Anthemgate. [D.C. Sports Bog, Ted's Take, EOTP, Jerseys and Hockey Love]
  • "Backstrom is the most underrated player in the NHL by the average fan." Consider yourselves above average! [ESPN]
  • Caps OT, Episode 6. [CSN Washington]
  • You know it's Caps playoff time when... your site traffic is bizonkers. [Examiner]
  • I guess it all depends on what your definition of "thorough" is. [SI]
  • Horn Guy: The Interview. [RtR, who got some very cool accolades the other day - congrats!]
  • Would the GVT Awards be the GVT-ees? [Puck Prospectus]
  • Five Caps rookies made TSN's top 100 frosh for the season, including a trio in the top 33, a pair in the top 14 and one in the top five. [TSN]
  • TV ratings, attendance and other such stuff. [D.C. Sports Bog, Puck the Media, From the Rink]
  • "Slapstick." Okay... [Capitals]
  • Nothin' like a good Dale Hunter interview. [The FAN 590]
  • The Caps won the Presdients' Trophy with the first 120-point season from a non-Original Six team... and have the fourth best stable of prospects in hockey. Awesometown. [HF]
  • Per the HHoF, on this date back in 1990, "Washington's John Druce scored a hat trick (with a goal in each period) as the Capitals won 6-3 over the Rangers, at New York in Game 2 of the Patrick Division Finals." The Druce was loose. Four years to the day later, "Joe Reekie scored two goals and goaltender Don Beaupre stopped 27 shots as the Capitals won 2-0 against the Penguins in Washington, in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals. Capitals took a 2-1 lead in their first-round series."
  • Finally, happy 33rd birthday to Miika Elomo, happy 40th birthday to Stew Malgunas and happy 53rd birthday to Mark Lofthouse.
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