Friday Caps Clips: Round 1, Game 5 Game Day

WASHINGTON - APRIL 17: Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals scores his third goal of the game in overtime and is joined Alex Ovechkin #8 as they defeat the Montreal Canadiens 6-5 in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Verizon Center on April 17, 2010 in Washington, DC.. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's Game 5 against the Canadiens from Vogs, 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 had some travel issues getting back from Montreal, so no practice; oh, and Varly's starting tonight). [CSN Washington (O'Halloran), WaPo (CI, CI), DCEx, CP, CBC, Gazette, Habs Inside/Out]
  • Be sure to check out Japers' Rink Radio tomorrow Sunday morning at 10. Hopefully the fellas have good news to discuss.
  • Game Four's goals broken down. [EOTP]
  • The Caps have a 96.7% chance of winning the series. Until that's 100%, I'll still fret. [Puck Prob]
  • Five reasons the Caps have a 3-1 lead in the series. [Dan Rosen]
  • A couple of Gabby-related reads. [D.C. Sports Bog, Homer McFanboy]
  • The Caps' depth is coming through... which is good, since the second line is stinking out loud. [WaPo]
  • Speaking of the second line, yeah, it's struggling... [StC]
  • ... but Eric Belanger is ready for a deep playoff run nonetheless. [Capitals]
  • Alex Ovechkin, The Song. Um, ok. [Alex Ovetjkin]
  • Angry Habs Fan is angry! [Kukla's Korner]
  • The greatest goal in Caps history, bar none. Ever. F'real. [Capitals]
  • On David Steckel and draws. [DCist]
  • Just when you thought our hockey discourse couldn't get any stupider after Emptynettergate, here comes Snowshowergate. [Globe and Mail, CBC, Puck Daddy]
  • A Jacques Martin sighting in G'town? [CapsBlog]
  • Adam Proteau hates Mike Green. [The Hockey News]
  • Twitter: bringing the team and fans closer together. [Baltimore Sports Report]
  • I'm not a big Capstronaut fan... but Capstronaut totally faced? I can get on board. (And yes, everyone has the exact same thought when watching that.) [YouTube (h/t ML)]
  • Add the Caps to the long list of teams that beat down the Wiz this year. [Puck the Media]
  • Ready to go shopping? A look ahead to this summer's free agents. [TSN]
  • Per the HHoF, on this date back in 1990, "Capitals' John Druce scored twice and added two assists to lead Washington to a 7-1 win against the visiting NY Rangers, in Game 3 of the Patrick Division Finals. Druce had scored a hat trick in the previous game." So, so money.
  • Finally, happy 52nd birthday to Ryan Walter (fitting for a Caps/Habs game day).
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