Monday Caps Clips: Round 1, Game 6 Game Day

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's Game 6 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: more work on the power play and Alexander Semin's teammates think he's on the verge of breaking out of his slump). [WaPo (CI), NHL.com (Rosen), FanHouse (Perez, Adams), CP, Gazette, Habs Inside/Out]
  • Svrluga on Semin's somewhat stunning struggles. [WaPo]
  • Montreal certainly got away with one on Friday. [D.C. Sports Bog]
  • Don't expect the Habs to do the right thing and move the flag kid from in front of the entrance to the Caps' bench. Classy. [Sun Media]
  • Then again, can you blame the Canadiens for trying to grab any home-ice advantage they can, given that they've lost six-straight home playoff games? [CBC]
  • Getting off to a good start is key tonight. [Ed Frankovic]
  • Don Cherry (of all people) defends Semyon Varlamakov Varlamov with respect to his role in Friday night's late Too Many Men penalty and has a pretty good suggestion for how to avoid similar situations. [CapsBlog]
  • The Caps have nearly a 1-in-3 chance of winning the Cup. Given that it feels like they have a 1-in-2 chance of winning their current first round series, that seems high. [Puck Prob]
  • Jason Chimera gets a buck richer. [PPP]
  • Peerless eviscerates the "I hate Mike Green/Flyerz Rule!!1!1" post that surfaced Friday. [Peerless]
  • Speaking of Philly, they're licking their chops for a shot at the Caps. Be careful what you wish for, friends. [Philly Daily News]
  • "The more I watch the Caps, the more I think they should offer Tomas Fleischmann or Eric Fehr and a draft pick to the Calgary Flames for Robyn Regehr." Yes and no, respectively. [Edmonton Journal]
  • And in only slightly-more-likely rumor news, "There is a strong belief the Washington Capitals are prepared to ante up for Volchenkov, who has played his whole NHL career in Ottawa." Yes, please. [Garrioch... I know]
  • Of course it doesn't hurt Nicklas Backstrom that he centers the best player in hockey, but would the Caps "be wise to explore what the trade market for him would be like" because his numbers are Ovechkin-inflated? [mc79hockey]
  • RMNB continue their effort to suck up to everyone even remotely connected to the team comprehensive Caps coverage with a worthwhile interview of CSN's Michael Jenkins. [RMNB]
  • Per the HHoF, on this date back in 1998, "Washington's Joe Juneau scored at 26:31 of overtime to give the Capitals a 3-2 win at Boston, in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals."
  • Finally, happy 56th birthday to Pat Ribble.
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