Friday Caps Clips: Downtime

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 02: John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals battles with Carl Hagelin #62 of the New York Rangers for the puck during the second period in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Verizon Center on May 2, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Your savory breakfast links:

● Notes and assorted whatnot from yesterday's "coach and spare goalies day" out at Kettler:

○ In general. [Caps365 video (Hunter), Tortorella (conference call audio)]

○ ‘[N]o video, no nothing.’ The team got the day off from hockey. [WaPo]

Oli Kolzig sez Braden Holtby will be just fine. [WashTimes, PHT]

○ The few players on-ice at Kettler were members of the freshly called-up Black Aces squad. [KOL]

Notes from the Rangers' end of the ice:

○ The night Ryan McDonagh took all of Stu Bickel's ice time. [National Post, WashTimes]

○ Reversing a trend of losing playoff OT games feels pretty good. Gah. [NYDN]

Ryan Callahan, captain. [NYPost]

● Let's hope Karl Alzner likes talking about his dogs, because they are some kind of famous now ... [Puck Daddy, PHT, Eye on Hockey, BS, USA Today, MSN, Capital Games]

○ ... as are Ma and Pa Holtby. [Puck Daddy]

● Confidence, the Caps haz it. [NYPost]

● Reflections on Game 3. [NatPo, A Gal for All Seasons]

○ Two looks at the game-winner. [BS, MHH]

Mike Vogel recalls previous overtime losses in Caps' franchise history. This one feels different ... [Dump 'n' Chase]

○ ... just ask the Caps' assistant equipment manager, who's also seen all those brutal multi-OT losses ... [WaPo]

○ ... or read here, where the past is prologue and the scars never fade. [OFB]

○ Om nom nom. Three overtimes meant takeout bananas and white rice with soy sauce. [WashTimes, PHT]

○ The extra hour of Metro cost $29,500 ... and the team may pick up part of the tab. [WaPo]

○ Boffo box office - playoff hockey outdrew playoff basketball for the first time in like, ever. [Half Smokes]

● Nice to meet you, Mr. Inflatable-Caps-player-on-my-roof-in-Georgetown Man. [DC Sports Bog]

● Pierre McGuire and Barry Melrose, it is on. [DC Sports Bog]

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

● Finally, the puck drops a 6 tonight for Game One in Harbour Station as the Saint John Sea Beasts will work to repeat as QMJHL champions against the Rimouski Oceanic.

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