Tuesday Caps Clips: Readying For A(nother) Game 7

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 22: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals warms up before Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Boston Bruins during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Your savory breakfast links:

● Notes and assorted whatnot from yesterday out at Kettler:

○ In general. [Caps365 video (Rinkside Update, Hunter, Beagle), DCEx]

Dale Hunter on playing a Game 7: "You have to enjoy it." According to my calculations, winning increases enjoyment by roughly infinity percent. [WaPo, CSNW, WashTimes, PHT]

John Carlson says they know what they have to do to win Game 7. Hopefully "knowing" translates well into "doing." [Caps365 (video), WaPo]

○ The Caps keep taking swings trying to fell the giant oak tree that is Zdeno Chara. [CSNW]

John Walton on calling an epic Game 7, from back in the (Hershey) day. [Capitals Voice]

Notes from the B's end of the ice:

○ Congrats to Patrice Bergeron on being named a Selke Finalist. Hopefully he'll have lots of free time to work on an acceptance speech starting Thursday. [CSNNE, NESN]

○ The Bruins' top line showed up for Game 6. [CSNNE]

○ Boston is hoping the extra day off will help heal the wounded (and we certainly join them in wishing for a speedy recovery for Joe Corvo). [NESN]

○ No one is quite willing to go as far as to say "Brad Marchand isn't a diver," are they? [ESPN Boston]

○ Why Claude Julien sat Shawn Thornton in Game 6. [NHL.com]

○ The B's had great Game 7 success last year, but that was then and this is now. [NHL.com, BHerald]

● To hell with the history. [WaPo, DSP]

● Boston's right there for the taking. So, uh, take 'em. [WashTimes]

● Just a super profile of Karl Alzner and his emergence from relative obscurity to... well, slightly less obscurity (which is just how we like him). [NHL.com]

● Tons of neat probability-related nuggets regarding Game 7 for the numbers folks. [WhoWins]

● It looks like there may be a lot of Cup virgins at the dance after Round 1. Sounds like a party to which the Caps should be invited. [Dump 'n Chase]

● Block party with no potato salad, y'all. [WashTimes, DCEx]

● Oh, hey, a Game 7. Missed you last year, dear friend. (But not really.) [WaPo]

Jay Beagle is all about business. [WaPo, PHT]

● Say, Keith Aucoin sure is getting some nice minutes. [Sick, Unbelievable]

Tim Thomas has a favorite Alex Ovechkin story (which he'd almost certainly title Atlex Shrugged). [RMNB]

● Speaking of the captain, he still knows how to celebrate. Having fun is fun. [RMNB]

● This actually appears on a legitimate newspaper's website (and perhaps in print as well): "[I]f you adopt Alexander Semin, he’ll just lounge around on the front porch, licking his privates." [Gazette]

● Looking ahead to Game 7. [CSNW (video, video), WashTimes (video)]

● Is it time to sit Dennis Wideman down in favor of Dmitry Orlov? [Capitals Outsider]

Pierre McGuire is impressed by the Caps. Of course, Pierre McGuire is impressed by just about everything. [CSNW]

Scott Burnside is also impressed with the transformation, but there's one glaring inaccuracy that sorta sticks out; see if you can identify it. [ESPN]

● Of course Mike Green scored on Earth Day, which makes us stronger believers than ever in "Earth Day Every Day." [WashTimes]

● Some love for a huge PK. [OFB]

Nicklas Backstrom knows he made a mistake on the Game 6 game-winner (and we can only assume he knows he could've backchecked harder on the Boston's third tally). [WashTimes]

● Game 6 did big ratings numbers locally. [D.C. Sports Bog]

John Wall and Wizards teammates were at the game on Sunday, which... nah, too easy. [D.C. Sports Bog, Ted's Take]

● Anguished Caps Fan is anguished. [SB Nation DC]

Braden Holtby: impressive, but hardly unprecedented. [The Sports Blitz]

● Boycott Boston, at least for another couple of days. [BrooksLaichyear]

● Have faith. Because really, what else is there? [Capital Spirit]

● Maybe it's a good thing Game 7 isn't tonight, given a relatively painful history on this date that includes a double-overtime loss to the Isles in 1993, a quadruple-overtime loss to the Pens in 1996 and a double-overtime loss to the B's in 1998. Seriously, kick rocks, April 24 (though 1988 and 2009 were cool).

● Here's your daily call to beardly charitable action. You don't want to risk the Caps losing and it having been because you didn't give, do you? Give $8. Or 28 cents. Or 19 dimes. Or 70 nickels. Whatever - every little bit helps.

● Finally, happy 52nd birthday to Darren Veitch and happy 41st to Ken Klee.

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