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Saturday Caps Clips: Evening Up the Score

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recaps of the Caps' comeback win as they draw even with the Isles, Gru gets the nod (and the win) and more.

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  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's comeback victory from usVogs, Monumental video (TrotzCapuanoGrubauerNiskanenWilsonChimeraBackstromhighlights),, WaPo (gamerblog (and again), Best/Worst), WashTimesCSNWFrankovicAP, ESPN (gamerblog), Puck DaddyPHTWSJThe ScoreSITalk the RedDSPRMNBStars and Sticks, and from across the Queensboro Bridge, the IslesNewsdayIsles Point BlankNY Post, and Lighthouse Hockey.
    • Down 1-0 in the series and 2-0 in the game, the Caps could have panicked - but they didn't. [DC Sports BogCSNW]
    • It's that resiliency that could make them an even tougher opponent for the Islanders. [Bleacher Report]
    • Per Islanders coach Jack Capuano, the Islanders didn't deserve to win... and may see some changes to the lineup sooner rather than later. [NY PostPHT]
    • Despite jumping out to two separate two-goal leads, the Islanders sat back and paid the price. []
    • Congrats to Philipp Grubauer, who got the late nod in net and earned his first NHL playoff win. [NHL.comYahoo!WashTimes (and again)]
    • Sure, blame the sticks. [Newsday]
    • The winning locker room was filled with fist bumps, bleeped out curse words, a stovepipe hat and beard, and a way to count down those 16 crucial wins. 15 to go... [Monumental videoCaps Outsider]
    • From Elias: Jason Chimera scored the game-winning goal for the Capitals in their come-from-behind victory over the Islanders on Friday. Chimera has scored only nine playoff goals for Washington, which ties him with six other players for 21st place on the franchise's all-time list. But five of Chimera's playoff goals have been game-winners, which puts him in a four-way tie for second-most in Capitals postseason history, one behind the club record holder in that category, Peter Bondra, with six GWGs. Chimera has scored the same number of game-winning goals in the playoffs for Washington as Alex Ovechkin, the team's all-time leader in postseason goals (32).
  • Breaking down a trio of potential x-factors for the Caps in their opening round matchup. [Along the Boards]
  • The Islanders may have let Game 2 slip through their fingers, but all they care about is that they're returning to Nassau County tied up at one in the series. [Newsday]
  • News and notes from yesterday's pregame skate:
  • Isles' netminder Jaroslav Halak is certainly cognizant of his past with the Caps, but it's not part of his focus in the present. Lucky. [ESPN]
  • The Islanders have plenty of youth and inexperience, but neither one of those factors is fazing them. [WaPo]
  • A few leftovers from GM Brian MacLellan's end-of-regular-season chat. [WaPo]
  • Let's get some closure on Game 1:
    • A rundown of what worked and the many, many things that didn't for the Caps in the series opener... [Rink]
    • ...including the power play. [RMNB]
    • The Caps' lackluster loss was enough to give some fans flashbacks to playoff disappointments of the past. [Too Many Men on the Site]
    • It also was filled with some old bad habits for the home team. [WaPo (Raby)]
  • The Hershey Bears have officially clinched the East Division title, their first since the Calder Cup-winning 2009-10 campaign. [Patriot-NewsStars and Sticks]
  • People, Gary Bettman has no interest in your ideas to make all regular-season games be worth the same number of points. [Puck Daddy,
  • Caps' prospect Riley Barber is officially part of the organization, as the Caps signed the Miami University senior to a three-year entry-level contract. [CapsSBN College HockeyWaPoCSNWPatriot-NewsStars and SticksRMNB]
  • Counting down the top ten centers in Caps' history. [Stars and Sticks]
  • More on Charles Barkley and his love for the Great 8. [WaPo]
  • Finally, happy 38th birthday to Sebastian Charpentier, and happy 37th to Boyd Kane.