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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Exciting bloggy news to kick things off, as SB Nation has an agreement to provide content to NHL.com for the playoffs. Suh-weet. [WaPo]
  • Chris Drury is day-to-day. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • All eyes on Jose Theodore (who is "ready for prime time"... we hope). [WaPo]
  • The Caps' power play will be facing a heck of a challenge. I'm betting they're up to it. [WaTi]
  • The Caps are "a lot more relaxed" this year heading into the playoffs. We hadn't noticed. [SI]
  • The Rangers have been good since the trade deadline (then again, they've had to be). [NYT]
  • A chance to match wits with Stan Fischler (it's actually somewhat cool). [MSG]
  • In the first in a four-part series recapping the Caps and Rangers shared playoff past, Vogs takes a look at the 1986 Patrick Division Finals (a series that featured Glen Hanlon and the guy pictured here for the bad guys). [Dump and Chase]
  • The other side gets into the history, too. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • A statistical breakdown of the series. [TSN]
  • Caps offense vs. Rangers defense. [NHL.com]
  • Caps in seven. [THN]
  • Caps in six. [Illegal Curve]
  • Oh no! Sean Avery! Please. [ESPN]
  • The Rangers were terrible against good teams this year, and the Caps, FYI, are a good team. [Bird Watchers Anonymous]
  • Psst... it's not how hot they were in March that matters (but interesting stuff nonetheless). [Blueshirt Banter]
  • Schultz wins the Rod Langway Award! Oh. Nevermind. [FTR]
  • A video game simulation had the Caps losing to the Bruins in seven in the Eastern Conference Finals. [PX360]
  • The Caps' top-three beard-growers: Donald Brashear, John Erskine and Boyd Gordon (my guess is that Nicklas Backstrom finished behind the female population of Philly). [Empty Netters]
  • Apparently Brash and Michael Nylander represent 40% of the NHLers who may not get another shot at a Cup after this year. Huh? [CanWest]
  • A few power rankings:
    • Down one to fifth at CBSSports.com: "Ovechkin and company will have to provide enough fireworks to overcome a defense that is vulnerable. Can a team run and gun its way to a Stanley Cup in this day and age?"
    • Holding at seventh at The Hockey News: "Ovie wins second Rocket Richard Trophy, his 528 shots are second most in NHL history behind Phil Esposito's 550 in 1970-71"
  • Yesterday we told you that Mike Green and Alex Ovechkin were up for Espos. Spoiler Alert! They won. [XM204]
  • Seven questions with Green. [NHL.com]
  • Uh oh. Internet voting. [NBC]
  • Not even AO could save the Nats (and un-tuck that jersey, stat... or else). [OFB]
  • If you thought Club Scarlett set women back thirty years, you probably don't want to click this link. [Puck Daddy]
  • Ted talks. [XM204]
  • A Baltimore-based paper puts AO on the cover and indicates that there may be some Charm City residents with more than a passing interest in the team's fortunes this spring and some overly parochial clown flips out (and calls two paragraphs of ranting an "article"). [Examiner]
  • Don Cherry goes out on a limb and predicts that the Conference winners will play for the Cup. Bold. [CBC]
  • Sorry, BMR, but we were there first. Or second. [BMR]