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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Capitals take it to the team from Tennessee, Kuznetsov's big night, cellying Craig Laughlin's broadcast career and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Brooks Orpik and Dmitry Orlov are not perhaps the ideal defensive pairing... but they are better than you'd think. [Rink]
  • It's a week or three before the playoff seedings shake out, but in the meantime, who ya got in the first round vs. the Caps? [Rink]
  • Pace yourselves. [Rink]
  • Power rankings roundup. The Hockey News put on their grumpy pants this week. [Rink]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's win from us, Vogs, Monumental video (Trotz, Holtby, Oshie, Kuznetsov, Winnik), NHL.com, AP, WaPo, CSNMA (gamer, rewind), DSP, Frankovic, Peerless, S&S, NoVa Caps, FiCP and RMNB, and from the visitors' bench, The Tennessean (and again) and On The Forecheck.
    • Daniel Winnik is bringing a scoring touch to the fourth line.  [WaPo, theScore]
  • Kuzya Kuzya Kuzya! Three primary assists, each beautiful and/or breathtaking in its own way:
    • "Maybe there will come a day when the rest of the NHL catches on to what Evgeny Kuznetsov is thinking and seeing on the ice." [CSNMA]
    • Unstoppable stuff. [CBS Eye on Hockey]
    • Playmaker. [theScore]
    • Look at those passes. Just look at them! [FTW, RMNB (and again), PHT]
    • Or maybe it was just dumb luck. K. [RMNB]
  • LockerMania! Craig Laughlin marked 25 great years with the Caps:
    • How he found his way to the broadcast booth and then never left. [WaPo]
    • Players and fellow broadcasters gave him their video thoughts. [CSNMA]
    • He's interviewed by his daughter Courtney... [CSNMA]
    • ... and toasted by his mom. [CSNMA]
    • Salute from CapsNation. [NVC, Caps Outsider]
    • Checking in with Baltimore radio. [CBS Radio
  • The coach and the player seem to have different opinions on the timetable, but regardless, John Carlson seems headed for a return from injured reserve. [WaPo]
  • In every playoff series there can be a surprise player or two whose game ramps up and is hard to gameplan against. For the Caps, that man just might be Jason Chimera . [ESPN]
  • Bracketology, NHL playoffs-style. [Anaheim Calling]
  • Beauty is as beauty does and Alex Ovechkin is the total package, on and off the ice. [THW]
  • T. J. Oshie 's daughter Lyla just celebrated her second birthday after recovering from serious health problems and will soon have a baby sister - and dad is not quite sure how that will work out. [CSNMA]
  • So, um, here's why you shouldn't bet on the Caps to win out. [Sportsnet]
  • Finally: