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Friday Caps Clips: Round 1, Game 5 Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Looking ahead to tonight's huge Game 5, investigating the mysterious case of the disappearing Ovechkin and more.

Bruce Bennett

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of pivotal Game 5 from Vogs, NHL.com, AP, Peerless, the Rangers, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Blueshirt Banter for the other side of tonight's best-of-three kickoff.
  • News and assorted whatnot from a decidedly non-off day out at Kettler:
  • And updates from the Blueshirts' side of the rink:
    • Marc Staal made a triumphant return to the lineup in Game 3, but hasn't skated since. Staying true to John Tortorella's M.O., the Rangers are mum on his condition. [NY Times, NJ.com]
    • Meanwhile Rick Nash is still waiting for his first goal of the playoffs, as the Caps have kept him relatively in check. [Newsday, NYDN, NHL.com]
  • Alex Ovechkin and Rick Nash: dueling superstars. But not in a good way. [CBC]
  • Speaking of Ovechkin, let's speak about him some more:
    • There's no question that Ovechkin (along with the Caps' other top players) needs to step up his game - and he's the first to admit it. [WaPo, WashTimes, CSNW, NHL.com]
    • Not that he needed to, because the proof's in the video and the video is making the rounds. Ugh. [PHT]
    • Is it possible that the captain was injured on that big hit in Game 3? [RMNB]
    • Boy, that whole Ovechkin lovefest that wrapped up the season sure was fun while it lasted. [ESPN]
    • Two games don't erase what was a heck of a season for the Great 8, though, and he can add 2013 Ted Lindsay finalist (among hopefully other things) to his resume as a result. [Ted's Take, Caps, WaPo, CSNW, AP, SportsXchange]
    • And maybe, just maybe, having a certain lovely lady in the stands to cheer him on will do the trick. [Caps Outsider]
  • A few leftovers from Wednesday's loss:
    • When the Caps headed up to New York, they had a two-game series lead with them. Uh, guys? You forgot something. [NBCW (with video)]
    • It's okay, though - they've just held serve. Time for the Caps to take this home ice advantage and use it to their advantage. [Ted's Take, DC Sports Bog]
    • I don't claim to be a hockey expert like Pierre McGuire, but I'm pretty sure in order for something to be called a head shot there has to be... what's the word... oh yeah, an actual shot to the head. Semantics, amirite? [DC Sports Bog (and we'll take the opportunity to mention the irony of that silliness coming on the same day as this)]
  • "I nonetheless feel the Capitals are annually telling me what they keep telling their emotionally beaten-down fans: Don’t get your hopes too high because we’ll eventually dredge out your aortic valve with a backhoe." And a happy Friday to you, too, Mike Wise. [WaPo]
  • Holtby may be quietly playing himself into the mix for a spot on Team Canada in Sochi next year. [Edmonton Sun]
  • The Caps beards are just downright beardtastic, with the potential for even more. Hopefully. [Puck Daddy]
  • Speaking of beards - click! Donate! Do good! Feel good! [Beard-a-thon]