Friday Caps Clips: The Calm Before Game Seven

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: Brian Boyle #22 of the New York Rangers warms up before Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Washington Capitals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on May 9, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Your savory breakfast links:

● Notes and assorted whatnot from a quiet yet newsworthy off-day out at Kettler:

○ In general. [Caps365 video (Rinkside Update, Hunter, Laich, Carlson), Backstrom on NHL Live]

Jay Beagle is listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury but it doesn't sound particularly promising. [WaPo, WashTimes, DCEx]

Brooks Laich's comments kicked off Matt Hendricks Appreciation Day ... [, WaPo, DCEx, PHT]

○ ... Jason Chimera Appreciation Day ... [WashTimes, Dump 'n' Chase]

○ ... Dale Hunter Appreciation Day ... [WaPo, TSN (video), National Post, Globe and Mail, PHT, DC Sports Bog]

○ ... oh, it was also Alex Ovechkin Appreciation Day ... [NYT, Fox Sports, TSN (plus video 1, 2),, Globe and Mail, Steve Dangle (video)]

○ ... and why not? Let's have Marco Sturm Appreciation Day ... [Homer McFanBoy]

○ ... but above all it was Hooray! Braden Holtby is a Daddy! Day. Congratulations to Braden and Brandi, and welcome Benjamin Hunter Holtby. [WaPo, DCEx, RMNB, Hockey Hourly, Puck Daddy, PHT]

Notes from the Rangers' end of the ice:

Henrik Lundqvist's glove hand is just fine, thankyouverymuch. [Blue Seat Blogs]

○ And hey! Lay off Coach Tortorella, already. [The Rangers Tribune]

This ain't no party, this ain't no disco, this ain't no fooling around. [OFB, WaPo]

● It's about time. Isn't it? [WashTimes]

Karl Alzner chats up Gerry Dee and talks about game day food. [The Score (video)]

● Braden Holtby has upped his game by calming down. [Caps Examiner]

● Former Caps bench boss Bruce Boudreau is extended through 2015 with the Anaheim Ducks and is ready to take them to the next level. [OC Register]

● Congrats are in order for Stanislav Galiev, who wrapped up the 2012 QMJHL playoffs with a three-goal, two-assist performance as the Saint John Sea Dogs captured their second consecutive President's Cup with an 8-0 victory over the Rimouski Oceanic. Next stop - Shawinigan and the Dogs' defense of their Memorial Cup. [Station Nation, Buzzing the Net]

● Game Seven. Give.

● Finally, happy 43rd birthday to Todd Nelson, the Caps' all-time leader in goals-per-game by a blueliner (tied). And yes, we used that line last year, too.

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