Thursday Caps Clips

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.

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