Monday Caps Clips: Hurry Up and Wait

Greg Fiume

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: A look ahead at the Caps' first round series, Hershey pushes Providence to the brink, updates on Brooks Laich and more.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Catch up on all the Clips you missed over the weekend right here.
  • With the match-up set and the schedule released, it's time for preview-palooza:
  • You can point to any number of reasons for the Caps' amazing run to the playoffs, but the biggest reason is an undeterred Adam Oates behind the bench. [WaPo]
  • Let the naysayers ramble on about Southeast this and weak opponent that - this was one playoff berth the Caps truly had to earn. [OFB]
  • The season may have been cut short, but that won't stop the playoffs from being the greatest thrill ride you'll ever go on. [Yahoo!]
  • Alex Ovechkin winning the 2013 Richard Trophy isn't much of a surprise considering the way he finished up the regular season - but it is if you look at how it began. Congrats, captain. [NHL.com, WaPo, WashTimes]
    • Relive all the Ovechkin-y goodness of the 2012-2013 season in mesmerizing video form. [YouTube (goals, season highlights h/t Natty Bumppo)]
  • He's not the only one who heated up at season's end, as Mike Green has been making his own move to the top of the goal-scoring ranks over the last six weeks. [DCEx]
  • So about that injury to Brooks Laich that didn't require surgery... he reportedly had surgery recently to fix it. At least he has plenty of time to rest up, since Round 1 doesn't start until roughly July. [WaPo, WashTimes, CSNW, PHT]
  • Great ongoing coverage of the developing story that is Steven Oleksy, as he heads into his first NHL postseason. Go get 'em, Norris. [WashTimes (with snippets from the cutting room floor), The Sports Lair]
  • Playoff time in Chocolatetown:
  • A final farewell to the Southeast Division, which was certainly fun while it lasted. [NY Times]
  • Now that the playoffs are finally here, it's time to grow for a good cause. Gentlemen, stop your razors. [Caps Outsider]
  • Finally, happy 57th birthday to Steve Clippingdale.
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