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Your savory breakfast links:

● Notes and assorted whatnot from yesterday's "coach and spare goalies day" out at Kettler:

○ In general. [Caps365 video (Hunter), Tortorella (conference call audio)]

○ ‘[N]o video, no nothing.’ The team got the day off from hockey. [WaPo]

Oli Kolzig sez Braden Holtby will be just fine. [WashTimes, PHT]

○ The few players on-ice at Kettler were members of the freshly called-up Black Aces squad. [KOL]

Notes from the Rangers' end of the ice:

○ The night Ryan McDonagh took all of Stu Bickel's ice time. [National Post, WashTimes]

○ Reversing a trend of losing playoff OT games feels pretty good. Gah. [NYDN]

Ryan Callahan, captain. [NYPost]

● Let's hope Karl Alzner likes talking about his dogs, because they are some kind of famous now ... [Puck Daddy, PHT, Eye on Hockey, BS, USA Today, MSN, Capital Games]

○ ... as are Ma and Pa Holtby. [Puck Daddy]

● Confidence, the Caps haz it. [NYPost]

● Reflections on Game 3. [NatPo, A Gal for All Seasons]

○ Two looks at the game-winner. [BS, MHH]

Mike Vogel recalls previous overtime losses in Caps' franchise history. This one feels different ... [Dump 'n' Chase]

○ ... just ask the Caps' assistant equipment manager, who's also seen all those brutal multi-OT losses ... [WaPo]

○ ... or read here, where the past is prologue and the scars never fade. [OFB]

○ Om nom nom. Three overtimes meant takeout bananas and white rice with soy sauce. [WashTimes, PHT]

○ The extra hour of Metro cost $29,500 ... and the team may pick up part of the tab. [WaPo]

○ Boffo box office - playoff hockey outdrew playoff basketball for the first time in like, ever. [Half Smokes]

● Nice to meet you, Mr. Inflatable-Caps-player-on-my-roof-in-Georgetown Man. [DC Sports Bog]

● Pierre McGuire and Barry Melrose, it is on. [DC Sports Bog]

● Here's your daily call to beardly charitable action.

● Finally, the puck drops a 6 tonight for Game One in Harbour Station as the Saint John Sea Beasts will work to repeat as QMJHL champions against the Rimouski Oceanic.

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