Your savory breakfast links:
- A few pivots that might interest the Caps' suits as they look to fill out their bottom two lines. [CSN Washington (Raby)]
- The Caps are sort of an Eastern, less teal-y version of the Sharks. [Peerless]
- D.J. King's year that was: 92 words on 91 minutes. [CI (Carrera)]
- Who knew that Alexander Semin was the second-best-liked Cap? [BtN]
- On a programming note, a double-shot of Rink Wraps (Matt Hendricks and Braden Holtby) comes your way later today.
- Memorial Cup update, via Em:
- With a 3-1 victory over the Owen Sound Attack, Brett Flemming and the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors have earned a spot in the Memorial Cup semifinal game. [Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, RLD]
- With the loss, the Attack have earned a spot in the tiebreaker game against Cody Eakin and the Kootenay Ice.
- Owen Sound may have to play without their two best players. Joey Hishon is still recovering from a Brayden McNabb elbow to the head, and captain Garrett Wilson left last night's game after a bad boarding. [Buzzing the Net]
- Owen Sound head coach Mark Reeds discusses Hishon's progress: "Truthfully, he's sitting in the dark in his room, so that doesn't bode well for him..."
- And on Wilson's injury: "As far as Garrett goes, when an athlete starts asking the same question over and over again, that's a concern. [Trainer] Andy Brown did the right thing by taking him out of the game. It's sport, it's an unfortunate part of sport. It's something we have to deal with.
- "Euro players are having a major impact on the Cup tournament. [Toronto Sun]
- "The officials are the ones who lose sleep." Two looks at some of the sketchy officiating at this tournament. [National Post, Toronto Sun]
- The puck drops at 7pm tonight for the tiebreaker game. Kootenay Ice @ Owen Sound Attack. Loser goes home, winner moves on to play the Majors in the semifinal game on Friday.
- Stan Galiev: lifelong Caps fan. [RMNB]
- Down goes Bykov! Down goes Bykov! [@IIHF]
The Big O is headed to the K. [Canes Country]
- Finally, happy 35th birthday to Matt Herr (collegiate teammate of Mike Knuble, incidentally) and happy 52nd to Pat Riggin.