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Friday Caps Clips: The Calm Before Game Seven

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Your savory breakfast links:

● Notes and assorted whatnot from a quiet yet newsworthy off-day out at Kettler:

○ In general. [Caps365 video (Rinkside Update, Hunter, Laich, Carlson), Backstrom on NHL Live]

Jay Beagle is listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury but it doesn't sound particularly promising. [WaPo, WashTimes, DCEx]

Brooks Laich's comments kicked off Matt Hendricks Appreciation Day ... [NHL.com, WaPo, DCEx, PHT]

○ ... Jason Chimera Appreciation Day ... [WashTimes, Dump 'n' Chase]

○ ... Dale Hunter Appreciation Day ... [WaPo, TSN (video), National Post, Globe and Mail, PHT, DC Sports Bog]

○ ... oh, it was also Alex Ovechkin Appreciation Day ... [NYT, Fox Sports, TSN (plus video 1, 2), SportsNet.ca, Globe and Mail, Steve Dangle (video)]

○ ... and why not? Let's have Marco Sturm Appreciation Day ... [Homer McFanBoy]

○ ... but above all it was Hooray! Braden Holtby is a Daddy! Day. Congratulations to Braden and Brandi, and welcome Benjamin Hunter Holtby. [WaPo, DCEx, RMNB, Hockey Hourly, Puck Daddy, PHT]

Notes from the Rangers' end of the ice:

Henrik Lundqvist's glove hand is just fine, thankyouverymuch. [Blue Seat Blogs]

○ And hey! Lay off Coach Tortorella, already. [The Rangers Tribune]

This ain't no party, this ain't no disco, this ain't no fooling around. [OFB, WaPo]

● It's about time. Isn't it? [WashTimes]

Karl Alzner chats up Gerry Dee and talks about game day food. [The Score (video)]

● Braden Holtby has upped his game by calming down. [Caps Examiner]

● Former Caps bench boss Bruce Boudreau is extended through 2015 with the Anaheim Ducks and is ready to take them to the next level. [OC Register]

● Congrats are in order for Stanislav Galiev, who wrapped up the 2012 QMJHL playoffs with a three-goal, two-assist performance as the Saint John Sea Dogs captured their second consecutive President's Cup with an 8-0 victory over the Rimouski Oceanic. Next stop - Shawinigan and the Dogs' defense of their Memorial Cup. [Station Nation, Buzzing the Net]

● Game Seven. Give.

● Finally, happy 43rd birthday to Todd Nelson, the Caps' all-time leader in goals-per-game by a blueliner (tied). And yes, we used that line last year, too.

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