Saturday Caps Clips: Round 2, Game 4 Game Day

May 2, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; A general view of Verizon Center prior to game three in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers. The Rangers won 2-1 in triple overtime. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Your savory breakfast links:

● Previews of today's Game 4 with the Rangers from Vogs, NHL.com, PHT, WashTimes, Peerless, Puck 'N Hockey, Capitals 101 and CRtC, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partner Blueshirt Banter for more coverage from the other side of today's match-up and throughout the series.

Travel advisory for today's game. [Verizon Center]

● Notes and assorted whatnot from yesterday out at Kettler:

○ In general. [Caps365 video (Rinkside Update, Hunter, Ovechkin, Holtby, Beagle, Brouwer, Hamrlik), WaPo, WashTimes, CSNW, DCEx, 106.7 The Fan, RtR, Caps by Puck (pics), CapsExaminer (pics)]

○ The power play needs to be better, and everyone knows it. [WashTimes, CSNW]

○ Look for the Caps to hit the Rangers' blueliners again and again. And again. [CSNW, DCEx, Examiner]

○ With each passing game, the Caps' identity is becoming clearer. [National Post]

○ On physicality and shift length. [Dump 'n Chase]

Brooks Laich's body told him the season was over. (Presumably his mind has since over-ridden that notion.) [WaPo, WashTimes]

○ These Caps aren't as "selfish" as they were the last time Roman Hamrlik saw them in the playoffs. [DCEx]

○ That extra day off in between Games 3 and 4 was welcomed. [ESPN, DCEx, KOL]

○ Day or night? [Capital Games]

Notes on and from the Rangers' end of the ice. [WaPo, CSNW, NHL.com, ESPN NY (and again), Ranger Rants]

● The offense, it is a-strugglin'. [WaPo]

● Nobody's tired. Why would they be? Definitely not tired. Maybe the other guy's tired, but we're not tired. [Sporting News]

● To the death? No. To the pain. [BS]

● Was the Rangers' win career-defining... [NYRB]

● ... or not all that important? [NYPost]

Matt Hendricks gets props for his monster Game 3. [WaPo]

Karl Alzner on NHL Live, on his dogs and other things. [Caps365 (video), RMNB with more on the canines at Hockey Hourly]

● Dear Diary: Game 3 sucked. [WaPo]

● Hopefully whatever doesn't kill the Caps makes 'em stronger. [CSNW]

● Because it's the Caps, err, Cup - a home-tailored version of the League's current campaign. [Caps365 (video)]

● Some off-day musings. [Peerless]

● They are pilgrims in an unholy land... but at least they're well-hydrated. [NHL.com (with video here)]

● Great story about a Caps fan and his run-in with the Cup and whether or not he was willing to jinx his favorite team for a nearly unbelievable memory. [Mr. Irrelevant]

● Is it Dale Hunter vs. Alexander Semin? [HomerMcFanboy]

● And here's one hell of a headline for you: "Hunter unfazed by burning brain matter." I don't even know what that means. [LFP]

Joel Ward: understandably emotional hugger. [Puck Daddy]

Dan Girardi and... Rod Langway? [SNYRangersBlog]

● Beard... donate!

● Finally, happy 47th birthday to Grant Jennings, who is the only player in franchise history to have appeared in the playoffs for the Caps but never a regular season game.

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