Your savory Saturday brunch links:
- Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's loss from us, Caps365 video (Boudreau, players), Vogs, NHL.com, WaPo (Carrera: blog, gamer), WashTimes (Whyno: blog, gamer), CSN Washington (Beninati), Frankovic, RMNB, SB Nation DC, Puck Daddy, PHT, KOL, CRtC, Icon Sports Media (pics).
- Previews of tonight's hoedown with the Habs from Vogs, NHL.com, CRtC and RtR, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partner Habs Eyes On The Prize for more coverage from the other side of tonight's match-up.
- So. About that officiatin'. [WashTimes (Whyno)]
- Bloody Brads. [RMNB, Caps Outsider]
- The Hershey Bears are getting healthier but had a rough night in Glen Falls. With Braden Holtby in goal, they...wait. What? [SHoE]
- On the occasion of their last regular season northern swing, O Canada considers the Caps, then and now. [Ottawa Citizen]
- It's been a strange, strange, strange, strange, strange season. [Montreal Gazette]
- Oh hai there playoff and tourney time for the juniors and the college kids. Here's some updates for the Caps' prospies:
- Patrick Wey will have to wait for his junior year to contend again for a national title. The Boston College Eagles got hit by a freight train named Jaden Schwartz and the Colorado College Tigers won by an 8-4 final. Wey finished up 0-0-0, minus-2.
- Philipp Grubauer could only wait and watch as his Kingston Frontenacs got shelled 7-3 and then 10-1 by the Oshawa Generals.
- Getting off to an uncomfortable start in the first round of the WHL Western Conference playoffs: Cody Eakin. The Kootenay Ice lost at home to the Moose Jaw Warriors, 4 goals to none. Cody's stats? 0-0-0, minus-2. Yeah.
- The Lewiston MAINEiacs kept it a little closer but still lost to the Moncton Wildcats 4-1. Samuel Carrier went 0-0-0, minus-1 and was on ice for 2 goals against.
Brett Flemming and the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors got a 4-1 victory over the Belleville Bulls. He went 0-0-0 and a rather uncharacteristic minus-1. We all know the playoffs are different creatures, but that's his first minus game since February 16. And before that? January 8.
- And boom went the dynamite as the Saint John Sea Dogs steamrolled the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Stanislav Galiev scored the Dogs' first goal - and their seventh - on the way to a 10-0 final score, going 2-1-3, plus-2, and earning third star of the game.
- Finally, a milestone. Fourteen years ago today, Mike Knuble was called up from the Adirondack Red Wings to join the big club in Detroit for a late-season game against the Avalanche. The scoresheet shows a modest two shots on goal and no points for the rookie. But his first-ever NHL game was one for the history books nevertheless. Happy anniversary, Knubs!