Wednesday Caps Clips: Round 1, Game 7 Game Day

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 21: Troy Brouwer #20 of the Washington Capitals celebrates his game winning powerplay goal at 18:33 against Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 21, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Capitals defeated the Bruins 4-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Your savory breakfast links:

● Previews of tonight's Game 7 with the Bruins from Vogs, NHL.com, WaPo, WashTimes, Peerless, Puck 'N Hockey, Hockey Hourly, Sick Unbelievable, RtR and CRtC, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partner Stanley Cup of Chowder for more coverage from the other side of tonight's match-up.

● Notes and assorted whatnot from yesterday's Caps practice:

○ In general. [Caps365 video (Rinkside Update, Hunter, Ovechkin, Holtby, Backstrom, Laich, Alzner), NHL.com, WaPo, WashTimes, CSNW, 106.7 The Fan DC, DCEx]

○ The Caps have no fear heading back into Boston... [WaPo, and "why should they?" at Sick Unbelievable]

○ ... in fact, they're rather loose. [WaPo, DCEx, Fredericksburg.com]

○ The Caps are looking for a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T. There's one way to get it, boys. [CSNW]

Troy Brouwer offers his thoughts on Game 7. [WashTimes]

○ It looks like Jeff Schultz may be returning to the lineup in place of John Erskine. [WashTimes]

○ Somehow being a fierce competitor and saying the right things makes headlines. [NHL.com]

○ TSN put together a nice feature on Holtby. But really, zero? [TSN (video)]

○ Two features with Braden. This one's better. [TSN (video)]

Notes from the B's end of the ice:

Brad Marchand doesn't care that you know he's a diver. [CSNNE, WaPo, CSNW, DCEx, WashTimes, PHT]

Patrice Bergeron missed practice yesterday, but will play. [BGlobe, CSNNE, and for Bergeron's less-than-staunch defense of Marchand, CSNNE has you covered]

Claude Julien is looking forward to tonight's handshakes. [CSNNE]

○ Other B's notes. [CSNNE, WaPo]

● The Caps may actually have the psychological edge in this one. [WaPo]

● Buckle up for one more. [WashTimes]

● What hasn't killed the Caps has made them stronger... we think. [CSNW]

● Buy or sell: win or lose, Dale Hunter should be back behind the Caps' bench next fall. [CSNW]

● Lower shot-blocking totals don't necessarily mean what you've been told they mean. [Dump 'n Chase]

● Hit the D and hit 'em hard. [WaPo]

Mike Knuble on Game 7: "Somebody's going home." Well, actually, everybody is, but I'm not going to correct him. [RMNB, with more on Knuble's take at NHL.com]

● The Caps need to be more... Flyer-like? [HomerMcFanboy]

● Statement time. [KOL]

● On the transformation from run-and-gun to... whatever they are now. [DSP]

● It's time for a signature win from Alex Ovechkin. [FOX Sports]

● Perhaps you've heard that all the pressure is on Boston tonight. Perhaps that's wrong. [RtR]

● Apparently Braden Holtby jerseys are scarce. [WTOP, DCist]

● Braden Holtby paintings, however, may not be. [Capitals Outsider]

Dmitry Orlov talks about his rookie season. [RMNB]

● Have fun out there. [Capitals 101]

● Mmm... playoffs. [Capitals Outsider]

● The Wizards are bringing back their GM - does that mean anything with regards to George McPhee's job security? [WashTimes]

● On this date in Caps history... who cares? It doesn't matter.

● Heads up: Boston area viewing party tonight at Union Street in Newton, MA. Go be among friendlies if you're stuck in Beantown.

● Notes from Tuesday in Hershey. [Patriot-News]

● Finally, give give give - you might not get another chance (this round).

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