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Friday Caps Clips: Round 2, Game 5 Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: It's back to MSG as the Caps hope to knock out the Rangers, Andre Burakovsky shines in the spotlight, and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of Game 5 at MSG from VogsNHL.com and AP, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partners over at Blueshirt Banter for the other side of tonight's matchup.
    • Clinchin' ain't easy. [WaPo]
  • Early healthy scratches behind him, Andre Burakovsky has arrived and is making a splash. [WashTimesCSNWWNSTTalk the Red]
  • He's just one half of a spectacular rookie duo that has stepped up so far this postseason. [Ted's TakeTHN]
  • Burakovsky's rapid rise to playoff stardom may have surprised a lot of people, but it's no shock to his former team up in Erie (or to his pal Markus Halsti of the DC United). [Durham RegionWaPo]
  • The Caps are playing playoff-style hockey, and it's working. [DSPDC Sun Times]
  • Scheduling alert: Click through for information on a game we hope doesn't happen. [Caps]
  • A few leftovers from Game 4. [Dump 'n ChaseDSP]
    • Good win? Yes. Great pictures from Clyde? Yes, times a million. Seriously. [Rink]
    • Another night, another close game, another one-goal win for the Caps. [WaPoBSB (FanPost)]
    • That margin of error was in jeopardy when Carl Hagelin drew a penalty shot... but Braden Holtby had something to say about that. [NHL.comTHNCSNW]
    • Tim Gleason threw down with Tanner Glass, and his teammates (and coach) appreciated it. [CSNWHockeyfights.com]
    • The Caps were quite chatty after the game. [CSNW]
    • They also spent some quality time with their fellow DC athletes when members of the Nationals dropped by the locker room after the game. [WaPo]
  • Three-one leads haven't always worked out so well for the Caps; now they're looking to learn from the past and take care of business. [NHL.comNational PostPressbox DCPeerless]
  • Which is probably why we get a headline like "The Capitals lead the Rangers 3-1... so how worried should Washington fans be?" [WaPo]
  • Or is it perhaps, maybe, possibly... time to believe? [THW]
  • Whatever the outcome of this series, the team's performance this season has been a revival of sorts. [StarsandSticks]
  • Checking in with the Caps:
    • In general. [Monumental video (TrotzBurakovskyLaichCarlson, ), Caps OT (BurakovskyCarlsonLaich)]
    • They may be on the precipice of moving on to the Eastern Conference Final, but the Caps aren't celebrating - because there's still work to be done. [WaPo (and again)]
    • No Alex Ovechkin... know win? [WaPo]
    • The awarding of the "Honest Abe" beard and top hat has helped emphasize the team's camaraderie, and celebrate the little things. [WaPoWashTimes]
  • And some thoughts from the New Yorkers:
  • The downside of playing deep into the spring? Ice tends to not do so well in warm weather. Huh. [NY Times]
  • Superstars can shine in the playoffs, but perhaps the emphasis on individual performances in the postseason needs to be toned down a bit. [CBS Sports]
  • Some smart women take the time to break down some of the most frequent questions about sexism and the NHL - because being a fan should be enjoyable for all of us. Read. Learn. Grow. [PPP]
  • Chocolatetown checkup:
    • With their overtime win in Game 1, Hartford stole home-ice advantage away from the Bears... except maybe not, because when they head home, they won't be heading home. [Patriot-News]
    • Stan Galiev missed Game 1 with an injury, and remains questionable for Game 2 (and beyond). [Patriot-News]
    • It would be good if he came back sooner rather than later, because the Bears need to figure out a way to solve Hartford goalie Yann Danis. [Patriot-News]
  • Harry Pott-, er, Evgeny Kuznetsov talks about all manner of things. [RMNB]
  • Jimmy Fallon took aim at a few of the Caps in his latest batch of superlatives. Really, Carl?? [Monumental NetworkThe ScoreTHN]
  • Some 'Lumbus locals are casting an envious eye at one Mike Green. [Union & Blue]
  • Beard status update. [Caps Outsider]
  • It's a strange feeling, having both the Caps and the Wizards on a path to success - it's a new era of DC sports, kids. [WaPoStarsandSticks]
  • That doesn't mean the boss doesn't lead the pack in worrying over those teams. [WaPo]
  • There's been lots of DC sports stuff to chatter about on social media - so which group is a bigger user of smartphones, Wizards or Caps fans? [DC Inno]