Wednesday Caps Clips: Backstrom, Babygate and Big Bad Bruins

April 16, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Matt Hendricks (26) attempts to punch Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic (17) during the third period in game three of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Verizon Center. The Bruins won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Your savory breakfast links:

  • On the Nicklas Backstrom match penalty, automatic one-game suspension and subsequent hearing:
  • Regardless of where you stand on the Backstrom hit, I think we can all agree that the Caps lost their composure a bit down the stretch in Game 3. [Ted's Take, Japers' Rink, KOL, RtR, NESN]
  • Yep, things have escalated quickly. [WaPo, WashTimes]
  • "Teh Capz r durrty like there coach!!1!" Least-surprising article of the day. [BHerald]
  • Taking a closer look at the goat rodeo that was Boston's second goal in Game 3. [BS]
  • Braden Holtby is no longer impregnable. Panic time? [DCEx, Sick Unbelievable]
  • Not much outrage over this blown call (though we'll sit and wait for the League's apology). [Sportsnet]
  • Speaking of officiating, why didn't Karl Alzner get tagged with a third-man in for his part in that [awesome term alert] "three-way hate triangle"? [TSN]
  • And speaking of Alzner, he apologized to Brad Marchand for... something. Because he's one of the last good ones. [ESPN Boston, NESN]
  • Babygate! [WaPo, Capital Games, RMNB, Deadspin, CSNNE, NESN (with an even sillier post here)]
  • Last Alzner note: like their respective head coaches, Alzner and Milan Lucic were once teammates. Small world. [NHL.com]
  • The Bruins won the battles in front in Game 3 and that was that. [CSNNE (with more on Boston stepping up at WaPo)]
  • Dennis Seidenberg is digging his smash-'em-up matchup with Alex Ovechkin. Freak. [NHL.com, ESPN Boston, SB Nation DC (GIF)]
  • The B's big guy came up big in Game 3. [CSNNE]
  • But where's Tyler Seguin? (Other than getting pooped on, that is.) [ESPN Boston, CSNNE]
  • If hockey doesn't work out for Marchand, there's always this. [D.C. Sports Bog, Puck Daddy, Capitals Outsider]
  • And c'mon, Chimmer. Even though it's Marchand, you've gotta steer clear of the no-fly zone. [NESN]
  • Yep, it's a grind. [Capitals Overtime]
  • The Caps are who we thought they were. [OFB]
  • So maybe it's time to turn to some deep depth. [DSP, KOL, Capitals 101]
  • And the more things change, the more they stay the same. [Fanspeak]
  • Leftovers from the "Trolling Tim Thomas with Obama" party. [Grantland, RMNB, DC Sports Bog (and again)]
  • Maybe it's time for the Caps to bust out the hit stick. [DC Sports Bog]
  • And Gio Gonzalez is awesome. [DC Sports Bog]
  • It was a multi-tasking Monday night for some D.C. sports fans. [Washingtonian]
  • Oh, playoff hockey, you so crazy. [SB Nation]
  • Thirty-seven years and counting. [Peerless]
  • Here's what's happening up in Hershey. [Patriot-News]
  • If you pledge my beard for Beard-A-Thon I'll be your best friend. F'real. [Japers' Beard]
  • Finally, happy 34th birthday to Boyd Kane and happy 35th to Sebastien Charpentier.
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