Sunday Caps Clips: Losston; Caps @ Preds Game Day

Rob Carr

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The team is headed to Smashville after a particularly ugly loss to the Eastern Conference's best team, a roundup of the Caps' kiddies, and more.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recaps and other assorted musings on yesterday's loss from us (plus quotes and GIFs), Monumental video (Oates, Alzner, Fehr, Chimera, Holtby), Vogs, NHL.com, WaPo, WashTimes, CSNW, Peerless, Frankovic, DSP, Inside Hockey, and RMNB.
    • Coach frustrated and shocked; players angry. Bad late-season loss?  Bad late-season loss. [PHT, CSNW (and again)]
    • About that momentum-turning charging call against Alex Ovechkin. [Puck Daddy, WaPo]
    • Congrats to Jarome Iginla on the occasion of his 12th 30-goal season. Was it strictly necessary to score it on the Caps? [RMNBPHT]
    • The Spring Puck Surprise was a pleasant surprise for the lucky fans whose blank pucks were signed by Evgeny Kuznetsov.. [Caps Outsider]
    • ... whose late goal was dirty and opportunistic and beautiful. [RMNB]
  • Previews of tonight's party with the Perds from Vogs, NHL.com and Peerless, and be sure to check out the other side of the match-up from our SB Nation pals over at On the Forecheck.
  • A call for change. [THW]
  • The Hershey Bears capped off a four-point weekend with a shootout win vs. the St. John's IceCaps.  They remain in 9th place in the Eastern Conference, one point behind the Norfolk Admirals. [Patriot-News]
  • Congrats are in order for the Caps' ECHL affiliate Reading Royals, whose victory on Friday vs. Elmira punched their ticket to the Kelly Cup playoffs. [Reading Visitors Bureau]
  • Kids these days - here's a quick swing around Capitals Prospectville:
    • Andre Burakovsky ranks numero uno among drafted wingers playing this year in the OHL... [Hockey's Future]
    • ... and his Erie Otters wrapped up their first round series against the Saginaw Spirit in five games and advance to the semifinal round.  Erie will open at Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on Wednesday.  The other OHL semifinal  series features Dale Hunter's London Knights vs. Scott Walker's Guelph Storm.
    • The Kelowna Rockets closed out the Tri-City Americans in 5 games. They will face Steve Konowalchuk's Seattle Thunderbirds in Round 2. Here's team captain (and Caps 2nd round draft pick) Madison Bowey speaking about the series win. [Kelowna Rockets TV (video)]
    • Chandler Stephenson's Regina Pats squad was swept by the Brandon Wheat Kings and his junior career is complete.  Although we've seen nothing official regarding a contract from the Caps, this tweet indicates that Stephenson should be arriving in Hershey sooner rather than later. [@Matthies2]
    • Similarly, the Calgary Hitmen fell four games to two to the Kootenay Ice.  Jaynen Rissling's junior career is complete. [@sk84fun_dc]
    • Part-time weatherman and full-time d-man Garrett Haar has to wait 'til Friday to begin the Portland Winterhawks' next series against the Victoria Royals. [Oregon Live]
    • Thomas DiPauli scored late in the third period vs. St. Cloud to tie the game and force overtime, but SCSU scored in the extra frame and Notre Dame is out of the NCAA D1 tournament.
  • Finally, happy 61st birthday to Dennis Ververgaert, happy 43rd to Jamie Heward and pour one out for Doug Wickenheiser, who would have been 52 today.
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