Thursday Caps Clips: On-Ward and Up-Ward

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 25: The Washington Capitals celebrate the overtime win after Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 25, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Washington Capitals defeated the Boston Bruins 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Your savory breakfast links:

● :: exhale ::

● Recaps and other assorted musings on yesterday's series-clinching OT win from us, Caps365 video (Hunter, Caps players, Hendricks, handshakes), Vogs, Capitals Voice,, WashTimes (gamer, blog, blog, blog), WaPo (gamer, blog, blog, blog, photos), DCEx, CSNW (gamer, blog, Beninati), Boston Globe, WEEI, Puck Daddy (and again), Yahoo! Sports, ESPN, TSN (and again (video), THN (and again), SI (and again), Eye on Hockey, Backhand Shelf, Sporting News, NYT, Frankovic, Peerless, RMNB (gamer, blog, blog), DSP, KOL, Caps Outsider, RtR, Puckhead, THW, Pass Shoot Score, Caps B-Ball and Hockey Hourly.

Braden Holtby finds Rich Peverley 's lack of faith disturbing ... [SB Nation, Half Smokes, Backhand Shelf,]

○ ... as he steps into the spotlight. [, The Goalie Guild]

● A radio call like no other. [Puck Daddy, @timleone]

● Glove tap for the Caps from Dennis Seidenberg ... [BHerald]

○ ... and say, that fella wearing #22 and creating that OT goal looks familiar ... [BHerald]

○ ... along those lines, why exactly did the Avs cut Matt Hendricks loose again? [Denver Post]

○ ... and same could be said for the 'Hawks and Troy Brouwer. [Second City Hockey]

● Twenty four hours of awesome in DC sports. [DC Sports Bog]

● Now comes the "hurry-up-and-wait" phase to determine the Caps' second-round opponent. []

Joel Ward 's overtime game-winner was sublime. The response of some folks in social media, less so. [Caps Outsider, Sick Unbelievable, Puck Daddy, DC Sports Bog]

● "That wasn’t pretty - that was beautiful." Uncle Ted savors his team's victory ... [DCEx]

... and his general manager knows how necessary this was for the franchise ... [DCEx]

○ ... and for his coach. [Sick Unbelievable]

● The Hershey Bears looked into the abyss of playoff elimination and decided instead to pull out a Game Three victory in overtime ... [Patriot-News, SHoE, Caps Outsider, Chirps]

● ... 2:57 of overtime, to be exact. Which is precisely how much OT the Caps needed to score their victory. I guess I know which numbers to play for Pick Three. [Sick Unbelievable]

● JP's playoff beard will live! So give.

● Finally, happy 58th birthday to Pat Ribble.

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