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Friday Caps Clips: Wrapping Up the Road; Blackhawks @ Capitals Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recaps of last night's win over the 'Canes, reflecting on a lost season, pointing fingers and more.

James Guillory - USA Today

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recaps of last night's relatively meaningless win from us, Vogs, Monumental video (OatesHoltbyWardFehr), NHL.comAPSportsXchangeWaPoFrankovicDSPRMNB and Peerless, and from the Carolina contingent, the News Observer and Canes Country.
    • The third line of Jason Chimera, Eric Fehr and Joel Ward was on fire last night, with each member of the trio picking up a goal and two assists. [WaPo]
  • Previews of tonight's penultimate game of the season against Chicago from Vogs and and Peerless, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partners over at Second City Hockey for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • News and notes from yesterday's pregame skate:
    • In general. [Monumental video (OatesOvechkinBackstromRinkside Update/Carrick)]
    • Prior to the season, Ted Leonsis noted that he felt the team had no flaws - and now notes that perhaps he was wrong. [Ted's TakeWaPoPHT]
    • Does that mean that George McPhee is on the hot seat? [Yahoo!WNST (audio)]
    • Meanwhile, Adam Oates stands by what he said about Jaroslav Halak...failing to see that what he said is probably less of a big deal than the fact that he said it at all. [WaPoCSNW]
    • For the first time since 2007, the Caps find themselves out of the playoff picture - and decidedly at a crossroads. [NBC4]
  • RIP, Caps. [Puck Daddy]
  • Scoring 30 goals in a season is actually not as easy - or as common - as you might think. But by all means, kick dirt at the guy who scored 50. [Sporting News]
  • Time to play the blame game!
    • It's the coaches' fault. [CSNW]
    • It's Alex Ovechkin's fault. [Talk the RedFTW]
    • It's all of the players' fault. [WaPo]
    • It's everyone's fault. [WaPo (Wise)]
  • Let's step into the wayback machine, shall we? 
    • Leonsis has never been afraid to speak candidly about his teams, and he had plenty to say about his hopes for the Caps' future back in 2008. [WaPo]
    • Ah, 2008. Remember that glorious night when the Caps downed the Panthers at home to clinch their first playoff spot in years? Memories. [Caps Outsider]
    • ...and then remember the series of heartbreaking playoff elimination games later that spring and the springs that followed? Nightmares. [WaPo]
  • Considering what types of stories usually land one on the list of Masterton Trophy nominees, it's not always a good thing to be included - but for the Caps' nominee, it's truly just about perseverance. []
  • Troy Brouwer had a bit of a dubious accomplishment in Tuesday's win over St. Louis. [RMNB]
  • Unlike their parent club, the Hershey Bears are still in the race for a playoff spot - but the math is starting to get a little tricky. [Patriot-News]
  • There will be free agent goalies a-plenty this summer...and yes, you should probably expect to see Jaroslav Halak among them. [PHT]
  • Speaking of goalies, a final look at the goalie rankings around the NHL for fantasy hockey as the regular season comes to a close... []
  • ...and a final look at all of the lids used by the League's netminders. Never should've painted that mask, Jaro. []
  • The Caps and the Wiz have historically been very good at not stealing each other's playoff thunder...usually because one of them is very bad in general. [WaPo]
  • No playoffs? No problem! Time to brush up on yer golf game. [Peerless]
  • Finally, happy 62nd birthday to Ron Jones, happy 43rd to Trevor Linden, and happy 35th to Ben Clymer.