Wednesday Caps Clips: Round 2, Game 3 Game Day

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: The Washington Capitals surround goalie Braden Holtby #70 of the Washington Capitalsas they celebrate their 3-2 win 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 Game 3 with the Rangers from Vogs, NHL.com, WaPo, Peerless, Puck 'N Hockey, CRtC 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 out at Kettler:

○ In general. [Caps365 video (Rinkside Update, Knuble, Carlson, Alzner, Brouwer, Chimera, Schilling)]

○ Thing that matters: winning. Thing that matters significantly less (for now): who got what ice time. [NHL.com, with more on the matter at NHL.com, DSP and Fanspeak]

○ The Caps hope to play like they did on the road back at home. (What odds would you have given me a month ago that I'd be typing that line?) [NHL.com, CSNW]

○ The Caps have recalled some Black Aces, which really are just "extra dudes to hang around and practice," but you sound much cooler when you call them "Black Aces." [WashTimes]

Notes from the Rangers' end of the ice:

○ Not Breaking News: John Tortorella doesn't really like press conferences. [NYDN]

Michael Del Zaster no longer. [NHL.com]

○ As Alex Ovechkin's ice time drops, so too does Dan Girardi's... which is an added bonus for the Blueshirts. [NHL.com, ESPN NY]

Brian Boyle's return to the lineup could've gone better. Well, not really from a Caps perspective, but you know what I mean. [NHL.com, ESPN NY]

○ It's a coin-flip series, and any mistake could be the one that does a team in. [NYDN]

○ A few more notes from an optional skate. [Ranger Rants]

● Whatever Dale Hunter is doing, it's working (and/or being overcome). The question is, can it continue to work? [Puck Daddy, WashTimes, Globe and Mail, 106.7 The Fan, Examiner, Puck Buddys (by Lambert), HomerMcFanboy, Puckhead, NY Mag]

● The foot soldiers keep foot-soldiering (but at some point, you'd think the stars will need to be stars). [NHL.com]

Braden Holtby's biggest fans sure did enjoy Monday night's game. [WTOP, with more on the HNIC Holtby feature we spotlighted yesterday at RMNB]

Jason Chimera did a spot on NHL Live... [Caps365 (video)]

● ... and here's a look at the Game-2-changing sequence that culminated in his tally. [WashTimes, RMNB]

● Lest you think all went well in Game 2, the Rangers' second goal goat rodeo was proof that all didn't. [BS]

Mike Knuble, did a hit with Holden and Danny... [106.7 The Fan]

● ... while Troy Brouwer was on the same station a bit later in the day with LaVar and Dukes. [106.7 The Fan]

● From any angle, Ovi's hand-to-the-ear celly after his game-winner at MSG is beautiful. [WaPo]

● Dear Diary: Winning > Losing. [WaPo]

● Two coaches, two neutral-zone philosophies. [Sick, Unbelievable]

● The Rangers' forecheck poses a threat (just ask Mike Green and Roman Hamrlik). [Sick, Unbelievable]

● Good TV numbers for Game 2. [PtM]

Dennis Wideman and Karl Alzner spent their night off like most of their nights-on - at a game where a Washington team tries to win a low-scoring affair. [DSP]

● The number of places you can catch the Caps on terrestrial radio is growing. [Capitals Voice]

● AHL attendance was up for a sixth-straight season in 2011-12, with Hershey leading the way. [SBJ]

● A look back at the Bears' season. [Patriot-News]

● From the "believe when you see it" file, the latest reports out of Russia have Evgeny Kuznetsov staying home for the next two seasons. [Puck Daddy, WashTimes, WaPo, CSNW, RMNB, From Russia With Glove, with more on the NHL's "Russian question" from Bruce Arthur]

● Another Lunchbox drops later this morning, so you'll get a chance to see how the ol' beard is coming along, but while you wait... donate!

● Finally, happy 33rd birthday to Ranger assassin Chimera (and, I suppose, unhappy 32nd birthday to Brad Richards).

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