Saturday Caps Clips: Round 2, Game 7 Game Day

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: (L-R) Goalie Braden Holtby #70 and Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals look on from the tunnel prior to taking the ice to play against the New York Rangers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 30, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Your savory breakfast links:

● Previews of tonight's winner-take-all Game 7 with the Rangers from Vogs, NHL.com, ESPN (video), PHT (video), WashTimes, CSNW, Toronto Sun, Peerless, Puck 'N Hockey, RtR and CRtC, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partner Blueshirt Banter for more coverage from the other side of tonight's match-up.

● Notes and assorted whatnot from yesterday out at Kettler:

○ In general. [Caps365 video (Rinkside Update, Hunter, Ovechkin, Holtby, Backstrom, Alzner, Knuble), KOL, 106.7 The Fan, RtR, Caps by Puck (pics)]

○ The proud new papa will be ready, don't worry. [NHL.com, ESPN, WashTimes (with more here), WaPo, DCEx, CSNW, NBC4, PHT]

○ Hey, Jeff Halpern, welcome back. [NHL.com, WashTimes]

Jay Beagle didn't skate yesterday and would seem unlikely to go tonight.... [NHL.com, WaPo, WashTimes, DCEx, CSNW]

○ ... but the Caps have been relatively healthy so far. [NHL.com]

○ A little late on the MCA tribute, Brooks. [WashTimes]

○ The power-play could be the difference tonight. [WaPo]

Notes on and from the Rangers' end of the ice. [NHL.com (and again and again), ESPN NY, CBS NY (and again), Blue Seat Blogs]

● Five reasons to have faith in the Caps headed into Game 7. [NHL.com, with the flip-side of the coin also at NHL.com and a similar spin at NY Mag]

● What Game 7 means for Alex Ovechkin's reputation. [National Post]

● Things have been tight. Damn tight. [Dump 'n Chase]

● "[Dale] Hunter deserves a lot more credit than he's generally been given." Yeah, no kidding. [SB Nation, with more on Dale as... samurai(?) at WeLoveDC]

● Is everyone cool pretending John Carlson's regular season didn't happen? Cool, motion passed. [NHL.com]

Jason Chimera could (continue to be) a difference-maker. [CSNW (video)]

● Game 7 is a big draw. Like, real big. [Puck Daddy]

Karl Alzner did his weekly hit with Chad and LaVar yesterday... [106.7 The Fan (audio)]

● ... a few hours after Keith Aucoin called into Danny and Holden... [106.7 The Fan (audio)]

● ... which came after Matt Hendricks was on the Junkies. [106.7 The Fan (audio)]

● Any words of wisdom, Coach Torts? [Caps Basketball (video... watch this one, y'all)]

Jay Beagle, avatar. [SI]

● On "the most dangerous lead in hockey." [Caps Outsider]

● Could one win make the Caps historically relevant? [Sick, Unbelievable]

● In praise of all of us, the fans. [Chirps]

● D.C. is ready for Game 7. [Ted's Take, WJLA, WTOP]

● Now-Grandma Holtby continues to get a lot of pixels. [FanPost, Puck Daddy, DC Sports Bog]

● Baby Braden. No, really. [WaPo]

● Down a couple of levels, Stas Galiev continues to kill it. [RMNB]

● Beard... donate! (And check in on the Caps' growths at Caps Outsider.)

● Finally, happy 53rd birthday to Dave Christian.

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