Wednesday Caps Clips

TAMPA, FL - MAY 03: Eric Fehr #16 of the Washington Capitals celebrates a second period goal by John Carlson #74 (not shown) against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at St Pete Times Forum on May 3, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. The Lightning defeated the Capitals 3-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Ted Leonsis says George McPhee's job is safe and that Bruce Boudreau's is in GMGM's hands. [106.7 The Fan (audio), CI (Carrera), WashTimes (Whyno, with earlier blog here), SB Nation DC]
  • Eric Fehr had shoulder surgery over the weekend and may not be ready for training camp (and even if he is, he'll be coming off another summer of limited training... not good). [CW (Whyno), CI (Carrera)]
  • Now that the Canucks are safely in the Final Four, the Caps' first round pick is locked in at 26, the same position from which they drafted Evgeny Kuznetsov a year ago. But there's more you need to know about that draft spot, and Vogs has you covered. [Dump 'n Chase]
  • Elliotte Friedman serves up a few Caps nuggets in his 30 Thoughts. [CBC]
  • Last week I wrote that Boudreau has "never been able to consistently extract from this Caps team a whole which is greater than the sum of its parts when it's mattered most." Am I wrong? [Peerless]
  • Introducing GAETAN. [FanPost]
  • The Post is doing player-by-player reviews and kicked 'em off with Karl Alzner. [CI (Carrera)]
  • The Caps should feel comfortable putting their faith in Michal Neuvirth. [KOL]
  • Shirtless Ovi playing soccer. You know you're clicking. [RMNB]
  • Your rooting guide for the rest of the playoffs. [CSN Washington (Raby)]
  • Dmitry Orlov seems to have a good head on his shoulders. [RMNB]
  • Prospect playoff update (courtesy Emily):
    • The Mississauga St. Michael's Majors wanted to leave no doubt and no room this time as they piled up four goals in the first period on their way to a 7-3 trouncing of the Owen Sound Attack. Brett Flemming had two assists and the Majors take a 3-2 series lead and are now one victory away from the OHL championship. Game Six is Thursday in Owen Sound.
    • Cody Eakin set up the game-tying goal and had several scary good scoring chances in overtime but it was Joe Antilla who scored the OT GWG for Kootenay to give the Ice a 3-2 win and a 2-1 lead in the WHL championship. Game Four is tonight in Cranbrook.
  • Finally, happy 42nd birthday to Todd Nelson, the Caps' all-time leader in goals-per-game by a blueliner (tied). And yes, we used that line last year, too.

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