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Tuesday Caps Clips: All Eyes On Braden Holtby

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Apr 7 2012; New York, NY, USA;  Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) deflects a puck during the third period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.  Washington won 4-1.  Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 7 2012; New York, NY, USA; Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) deflects a puck during the third period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Washington won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

Your savory breakfast links:

  • And from the Boston side of things:
    • Tim Thomas shuts 'er down after the first White House question. [CSNNE, BGlobe, PHT]
    • Johnny Boychuk and Tuukka Rask are close to returning... [CSNNE, CSNNE]
    • ... but McQuaid doesn't appear to be. [CSNNE]
    • Prepping for Alex Ovechkin... [ESPN Boston]
    • ... and the rest of the Caps. [NEHJ, BHerald, NESN, BGlobe]
    • Claude Julien knows Dale Hunter's Caps aren't Bruce Boudreau's Caps. [NESN]
    • Brad Marchand is keeping a diary. Aww. [ESPN Boston]
    • The Caps aren't your typical seven-seed. [CSNNE]
  • Stay desperate, my friends. [WashTimes]
  • Here's hoping regular season misfortune gives way to post-season good luck. [SB Nation]
  • Breaking down the series and giving the power-play edge to... Washington? Yikes. [ESPN Boston]
  • Speaking of which, it's time for the Caps' special teams to get special-er. [Dump 'n Chase]
  • No matter how you slice it, the Caps have their work cut out for them... [National Post]
  • ... as they take to the role of underdog. [AP]
  • Could Holtby, y'know, do it? [WaPo]
  • Or at least out-duel Thomas? [CSNW (video)]
  • Discipline will be key for the Caps who must walk the line between getting pushed around and taking bad penalties. [KOL]
  • As usual, The Captain is on the hot seat. [USA Today]
  • Steinz reminds us that Bruins/NBC analyst Mike Milbury is no fan of the Caps' coach... [DC Sports Bog]
  • ... and neither is Puck Daddy, apparently. [Puck Daddy]
  • Predictions:
    • Everybody at ESPN: Boston. [ESPN]
    • Nearly everyone at NHL.com: Boston. [NHL.com]
    • Former Bruin Ray Bourque: Boston. [SB Nation DC]
    • Former Cap Keith Jones: Boston "relatively easy." [WashTimes]
    • Kevin Paul Dupont: Boston in six. [CSNNE (video)]
    • James Mirtle: Boston in six. [Globe and Mail]
    • Peerless: Caps in six. [Peerless]
  • The storyline potential for a Caps run is fantastic. [Capitals Outsider]
  • More pre-series thoughts. [Puck 'N Hockey, Sick Unbelievable]
  • What does it take to be a back-up 'tender in the NHL? [RtR]
  • Bandwagon fans? We'll take 'em. [The Active Stick]
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov on the Caps' courting: "They’ve made an offer, a contract, and they’re waiting for my answer. I haven’t promised anything yet..." [RIA Novosti, RMNB]
  • ... and so GMGM is making a house call. [Alex Ovetjkin]
  • Finally, happy 42nd birthday to Enrico Ciccone.
  • Actually, here's the real last bullet: it's Beard-A-Thon time, so I grow, you guys donate, all for a good cause. I'm currently third on the leaderboard (two donations in), but let's show 'em what Rink readers can do. Every little bit helps. Thanks!

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