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Saturday Caps Clips: Round 1, Game 2 Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Looking ahead to today's game as the Caps look to take a 2-0 series lead, the Rangers get reinforcements and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of Game 2 from Vogs, NHL.com, the Rangers, NJ.com, Peerless and PuckBuddys, and be sure to check out Blueshirt Banter for the other side of this afternoon's match-up.
    • Heads-up: WMATA is doing track work on all four lines this weekend (...good plan) and that could make getting downtown a wee bit tricky. [NBCW]
  • Caps' notes and assorted whatnot from yesterday out at Kettler:
  • Rangers' notes and assorted whatnot from their side of the rink:
    • New York could be getting some healthy bodies back in the lineup (whether or not they're in game shape yet)... [ESPN NY, WaPo, BSB, NHL.com, CBC, PHT, NY Post, Newsday (and again)]
    • ...because going down 0-2 in this series is simply not an option. [Newsday (and again)]
    • New season, same Rangers. [Scotty Hockey]
    • Henrik Lundqvist is kicking himself over that Jason Chimera goal. Forget it, Hank... it's Chinatown. [NJ.com]
  • Look, we get that Chimera has tormented New York in the postseason over the past few years, but shifting focus from Ovechkin to him would be craz-...actually, go for it, Rangers. [NY Rangers Blog]
  • A few leftovers from Game 1:
    • In general. [THW, BSB]
    • With their victory in the series-opener, the transformation from last year's Caps (or even early 2013 Caps) becomes even more clear. [NBCW]
    • To the naked eye, Rick Nash might not have been that effective in Game 1. Apparently those eyes aren't just naked, they're lying... if you say so. [SNY Rangers Blog]
    • It's going to take more than positive thinking for the Rangers to take Game 2. True. So here's hoping they come armed with only positive thoughts. [NY Post]
    • Thanks for asking, Tortorella, but yes, the Verizon Center does have overhead cameras. And they saw what we saw: no goal (or at least no conclusive proof otherwise). [NYDN]
    • Another thing Verizon Center has? Fans. Fans who hate John Tortorella. Fans who hate John Tortorella and make signs sharing that sentiment. [WaPo]
  • Possession stats are great and all, but there will always be exceptions to the rules. [Peerless]
  • Check out this neat new feature at the Post that lets you see every shot from every game throughout the Caps' playoff run. [WaPo]
  • Adam Oates has his Caps playing a system that is truly built to last - which is nice to hear after so much change in recent years. [WashTimes]
  • Speaking of change, this year's incarnation of the annual Caps-Rangers playoff series looks like it will be anything but dull. [SBN]
  • Keys to the game for the Caps:
  • And for the Rangers:
  • Down on the farm:
    • As the Caps prepare for Game 2, the Bears are getting ready to go for the sweep over Providence... [Pennlive (with Mark French video),
    • ...and they'll do so with the help of prospect (and nephew of former Cap Gary) Jaynen Rissling, who was signed to a tryout agreement yesterday. [Caps, PennLive]
    • Meanwhile the Reading Royals got some double-overtime heroics in order to take a 1-0 series lead over Cincinnati in the Eastern Conference Finals. [Caps Outsider]
  • Rangers' analyst and former player Ron Duguay is "not intimidated" by the Caps. Is it okay if we are intimidated by his hair? [Bog]
  • Tell me I'm not the only one hoping James Lipton, apparent Rangers fan, has asked John Tortorella what his favorite curse word is. [NHL.com]
  • There is truly nothing more glorious - or adorable - then these two little moppets giving in to pure hockey glee. [Puck Daddy, Mr. Irrelevant]
  • Although Ovi's relationship with his soon-to-be bride is pretty high on the adorable scale, as well. Is that the key to his turnaround? (...yeah, probably not. But it's a nice story, nonetheless.) [Bog]
  • Let your voice be heard, go vote for Eric Fehr's (first) overtime winner against the Bruins as TSN's Play of the Year! [CapsOutsider]
  • Go inside the mind of Tortorella. Sounds like we've got ourselves the makings of a potentially great horror flick... [Peerless]
  • Some guy named Robert Griffin III is throwing his support behind the red-rocking Caps. [Monumental video]
  • The Caps will take all the help they can get - even from up above. Here's hoping the Chosen People make the Caps the Chosen Team. [CapsOutsider]
  • Nothing wrong with a bit of trash-talking - but let's try to remain civil. [Caps Across the Pond]
  • If you were looking for a compilation of all the tired, hackneyed misconceptions and narratives about this Caps' team (right down to a "South-Least" mention), well... you're in luck. [THW]
  • Finally, the more you give to the noble cause of making JP look like a shut-in (and also help some charity or something), the more the Caps win. No, really. Promise. [Beard-a-thon]