Monday Caps Clips: Round 2, Game 2 Game Day

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Braden Holtby #70 of the Washington Capitals reacts in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the New York Rangers during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Your savory breakfast links:

● Previews of today's Game 2 with the Rangers from Vogs,, CSNW (video), PHT (video), Peerless and RtR, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partner Blueshirt Banter for more coverage from the other side of tonight's match-up and throughout the series.

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

○ In general. [Caps365 video (Rinkside Update, Hunter, Ovechkin, Holtby, Ward, Brouwer, Johansson), WaPo, WashTimes, CRtC]

ZOMG Alexander Semin is ON THE FOURTH LINE. With a WHITE SWEATER AN' EV'RYTHING. [WaPo, WashTimes, CSNW, DCEx, Sun Media, CBSSports]

Time to ramp up the intensity ... [, WaPo]

... and Brooks Laich is on it ... [CSNW, PHT]

... while the Captain is working on some speed issues. [WashTimes, CSNW]

○ Whither Dima? [WashTimes]

○ Lessons. Learned. []

Notes from the Rangers' end of the ice:

Brian Boyle practices, briefly; Brandon Dubinsky is on crutches. [PHT]

○ Youth is served ... [NY Daily News]

○ ... or perhaps defense. []

○ Something something Chris Kreider something. [Prospect Park and well, everybody]

Steve Eminger talks about his day as a forward, and Brandon Prust explains the NYR PK. [Blueshirts United (video)]

Karl Alzner has been switching sticks. And then switching 'em back. King Karl explains. [Hockey Hourly]

Dear Diary: "[I]f it’s free, it’s for me." Jay Beagle cashes in on a bet with Matt Hendricks. [WaPo]

Alex Ovechkin's falling production is a mystery wrapped in an enigma jammed into a post full of #fancystats. [MC79 Hockey]

● The pride and joy of Lloydminster Saskatchewan Alberta Saskberta - Braden Holtby, bringing people together ... [DCEx]

● ... but oh dear. He's put the Caps in a bit of a pickle. [WaPo]

● Now that the Hershey Bears' season is done, who might the Caps choose to call up? [SHoE]

Derek Jeter has an open invite to come watch some hockey. [@karlalzner]

● Taking a look at Tomas Vokoun's gamble. [Kukla's Korner]

● General Hunter, sir yes sir. [Caps B-Ball]

● There's a new hockey book out that looks pretty interesting - Breakaway: The Untold Story of Hockey's Great Escapes collects the stories of players trying to get free of the Iron Curtain. [Hockey Book Reviews]

● Here's your daily call to beardly charitable action.

● Finally, some interesting notes on prospect forward Stanislav Galiev. First, with 72 points, he sits atop the Q playoff points list for all active players and the Sea Dogs' team leaderboard for all-time playoff scoring. And he is also quietly making a push up the QMJHL all-time playoffs goal scoring list. His two goals on Saturday give him 30 total and vaulted him over Mike Bossy. Four more goals and he'll tie his coach, Gerard Gallant. But he'll have to work harder to catch his teammate, Florida Panthers prospect Jonathan Huberdeau, who has 36. [QMJHL Histoire et Records]

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