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Tuesday Caps Clips: Gotham Gut-Punch

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Your savory breakfast links:

● Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's loss from us, Caps365 video (Hunter, Caps players), Vogs, Capitals Voice,, WaPo (gamer, blog), WashTimes (gamer, blog, Hunter transcript), DCEx (gamer, blog, blog), CSNW (gamer, blog), 106.7 The Fan, National Post, SB Nation DC, Puck Daddy, PHT (and again), Sporting News, Peerless, Frankovic, RMNB, DSP, KOL, RtR (and again), OFB and Puckhead and Hockey Hourly, and ESPN NY, NYDN (and again), NYPost (and again), Ranger Rants, NYRB, Scotty Hockey, Hockey Rodent and Blueshirt Banter (and again) from the Rangers' side of things.

○ That was a pretty Capitals thing those Capitals did there. [WaPo]

○ See you boys... Friday? See you boys Friday. [Dump 'n Chase]

○ If there's one thing this bunch seems to do well, it's doing the unexpected (which probably serves them well now). [HomerMcFanboy]

○ Yes, the optics look bad - jinxtastic, even - but you've still gotta run your business, no? [RMNB]

● Yesterday's talking point: is there enough "hate" in the series? [ESPN NY, WashTimes (with more here), WaPo]

● Also, shot-blocking - what it means to the Caps and hockey in general. [Puck Buddys (your must-read of the lot), Puck Daddy, CSNW]

● Is the Caps' (relative) success a product of residing in the Southleast Division? [Puck Daddy]

Nicklas Backstrom is pretty much a Swedish Peter Forsberg. []

● I'm beginning to think that Kerry Fraser doesn't like the way Alex Ovechkin plays the game. [TSN]

Barry Melrose picks the Caps to win the East (and he's had 'em beating the Rangers all along). [D.C. Sports Bog]

● Know why Braden Holtby's teammates like him? Because he's not a jerk. Go figure. [WaPo, WashTimes (with more here), FanShot]

● In praise of even-keeled Dale Hunter. [OFB]

● Related: more on the captain's minutes. [BS]

Matt Hendricks is a wagon... [RMNB]

● ... who doesn't want to talk about being on the receiving-end of a questionable Dan Girardi hit in Game 4... [WashTimes, DCEx]

● ... and who spills a bit on his coach's Game 7, per-overtime speech. [RMNB]

● Whenever the day comes, Mike Knuble sure will be missed. [ESPN]

● What does the future hold for free-agent-to-be Mike Green? [ESPN ($), with a different look at his Game 4 game-winner at D.C. Sports Bog]

● Did you donate yesterday? Did the Caps win? Think about it. (And thanks to all who have donated!)

● Finally, here's to a speedy recovery for Craig Laughlin, who's lookin' good post-op. [Puck Buddys, RMNB]

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