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Tuesday Caps Clips: Readying For A(nother) Game 7

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Your savory breakfast links:

● Notes and assorted whatnot from yesterday out at Kettler:

○ In general. [Caps365 video (Rinkside Update, Hunter, Beagle), DCEx]

Dale Hunter on playing a Game 7: "You have to enjoy it." According to my calculations, winning increases enjoyment by roughly infinity percent. [WaPo, CSNW, WashTimes, PHT]

John Carlson says they know what they have to do to win Game 7. Hopefully "knowing" translates well into "doing." [Caps365 (video), WaPo]

○ The Caps keep taking swings trying to fell the giant oak tree that is Zdeno Chara. [CSNW]

John Walton on calling an epic Game 7, from back in the (Hershey) day. [Capitals Voice]

Notes from the B's end of the ice:

○ Congrats to Patrice Bergeron on being named a Selke Finalist. Hopefully he'll have lots of free time to work on an acceptance speech starting Thursday. [CSNNE, NESN]

○ The Bruins' top line showed up for Game 6. [CSNNE]

○ Boston is hoping the extra day off will help heal the wounded (and we certainly join them in wishing for a speedy recovery for Joe Corvo). [NESN]

○ No one is quite willing to go as far as to say "Brad Marchand isn't a diver," are they? [ESPN Boston]

○ Why Claude Julien sat Shawn Thornton in Game 6. [NHL.com]

○ The B's had great Game 7 success last year, but that was then and this is now. [NHL.com, BHerald]

● To hell with the history. [WaPo, DSP]

● Boston's right there for the taking. So, uh, take 'em. [WashTimes]

● Just a super profile of Karl Alzner and his emergence from relative obscurity to... well, slightly less obscurity (which is just how we like him). [NHL.com]

● Tons of neat probability-related nuggets regarding Game 7 for the numbers folks. [WhoWins]

● It looks like there may be a lot of Cup virgins at the dance after Round 1. Sounds like a party to which the Caps should be invited. [Dump 'n Chase]

● Block party with no potato salad, y'all. [WashTimes, DCEx]

● Oh, hey, a Game 7. Missed you last year, dear friend. (But not really.) [WaPo]

Jay Beagle is all about business. [WaPo, PHT]

● Say, Keith Aucoin sure is getting some nice minutes. [Sick, Unbelievable]

Tim Thomas has a favorite Alex Ovechkin story (which he'd almost certainly title Atlex Shrugged). [RMNB]

● Speaking of the captain, he still knows how to celebrate. Having fun is fun. [RMNB]

● This actually appears on a legitimate newspaper's website (and perhaps in print as well): "[I]f you adopt Alexander Semin, he’ll just lounge around on the front porch, licking his privates." [Gazette]

● Looking ahead to Game 7. [CSNW (video, video), WashTimes (video)]

● Is it time to sit Dennis Wideman down in favor of Dmitry Orlov? [Capitals Outsider]

Pierre McGuire is impressed by the Caps. Of course, Pierre McGuire is impressed by just about everything. [CSNW]

Scott Burnside is also impressed with the transformation, but there's one glaring inaccuracy that sorta sticks out; see if you can identify it. [ESPN]

● Of course Mike Green scored on Earth Day, which makes us stronger believers than ever in "Earth Day Every Day." [WashTimes]

● Some love for a huge PK. [OFB]

Nicklas Backstrom knows he made a mistake on the Game 6 game-winner (and we can only assume he knows he could've backchecked harder on the Boston's third tally). [WashTimes]

● Game 6 did big ratings numbers locally. [D.C. Sports Bog]

John Wall and Wizards teammates were at the game on Sunday, which... nah, too easy. [D.C. Sports Bog, Ted's Take]

● Anguished Caps Fan is anguished. [SB Nation DC]

Braden Holtby: impressive, but hardly unprecedented. [The Sports Blitz]

● Boycott Boston, at least for another couple of days. [BrooksLaichyear]

● Have faith. Because really, what else is there? [Capital Spirit]

● Maybe it's a good thing Game 7 isn't tonight, given a relatively painful history on this date that includes a double-overtime loss to the Isles in 1993, a quadruple-overtime loss to the Pens in 1996 and a double-overtime loss to the B's in 1998. Seriously, kick rocks, April 24 (though 1988 and 2009 were cool).

● Here's your daily call to beardly charitable action. You don't want to risk the Caps losing and it having been because you didn't give, do you? Give $8. Or 28 cents. Or 19 dimes. Or 70 nickels. Whatever - every little bit helps.

● Finally, happy 52nd birthday to Darren Veitch and happy 41st to Ken Klee.

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