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Saturday Caps Clips: Round 1, Game 2 Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps look to hold home ice advantage, Philly loses a key piece and more.

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  • ICYMI yesterday, we had tons of playoff-related content prepared for your viewing/watching/listening pleasure:
    • Take a look at the play that led to the insurance marker on Thursday (and wrap the snark around you like a cozy, familiar blanket). [Rink]
    • Ahead of Game 1, we looked at how the two teams might deploy the troops at five on five; now we see how accurate those predictions were. [Rink]
    • What worked, what didn't. [Rink]
    • Covering some of the topics of conversation following Game 1. [Rink]
    • Our own Jon Press paid a visit to the PDOcast to preview this first-round series...[Rink]
    • ...while our own Jason Rogers checked in with CSN to discuss the opener. [Rink]
  • Previews of Game 2 at Verizon Center from NHL.comAPCaps OutsiderNoVa Caps, and as always, be sure to visit our SBN pals over at Broad Street Hockey for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • News and notes from yesterday's practice. [Monumental video (Caps: TrotzHoltbyBeagleOrpikWilliamsWilsonRinkside Update/Johansson; FlyersHakstollocker room)]
  • The biggest news out of the Flyers' room is that forward Sean Couturier is out for at least two weeks after suffering an AC injury on this Alex Ovechkin hit. [WaPoWashTimesCSNMABSHAP (and again), Philly.com
  • Losing Couturier is potentially a huge blow to the Flyers' chances in this series. [WaPo]
  • Nate Schmidt doesn't seem to mind that he logged such little ice time Thursday night. [RMNB]
  • Flyers' goalie Steve Mason would like to formally request that his team stop taking penalties. And for the rest of us to stop laughing at his naivete, probably. [Delco Times]
  • Blanked in Game 1, the Flyers feel they need to tap into their creativity a bit more to crack through Braden Holtby and the Caps. [WaPoPhilly.com]
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov has more creativity than all of them combined... and just when you think you've figured out his moves, he comes up with new ones. [WaPo]
  • Holtby recorded his third-career playoff shutout, and was his usual playoff-brilliant self, but there was something different than in the past and it was thanks to the team in front of him. [NBC4]
  • All that hand-wringing about the Caps and whether they'd be able to "flip the switch" after so many meaningless games... and hey look at that, they did. [WaPo]
  • They'd be well served to avoid a lot of the physical, between-whistles nonsense that the Flyers are going to try and incite. [WaPo]
  • Joining his third team in the last two years, Daniel Winnik has fit seamlessly into the Caps' lineup and locker room. [WaPo]
  • Back in the NHL and taking his place on a contending team, Mike Richards is thoroughly enjoying hockey after his brush with the law last summer. [SLAM]
  • A few leftovers from the series opener. [Dump 'n ChaseBSH]
    • The Caps' penalty kill had to come up big, and do so multiple times, early in Game 1. [WaPoNoVa Caps]
    • Of course, some of that success might have been related to what some see as a sputtering power play. [Pattison AveTHW]
    • The Flyers could have gotten more power-play work in had Wayne Simmonds not fallen into a trap set by young Tom Wilson. [BSHCaps Outsider]
    • Meanwhile Wilson had some thoughts on a couple of the Flyers' pests. [CSNMA]
    • Five stats that tell the story of the Caps' Game 1 win. [CSNMA]
    • Rank 'em! [Rink]
  • The Stingrays kicked off their postseason run in style last night, becoming the first ECHL team to record 100 postseason victories with a series-opening win over Kalamazoo. [Caps OutsiderLive5]
  • Congrats to Chris Bourque, who has been awarded the AHL's Les Cunningham award as the League's MVP. [AHLCaps OutsiderSalem NewsABC27]
  • Former Cap Bobby Carpenter is gearing up to run his first marathon next week when the 120th Boston Marathon gets underway. #BostonStrong. [Salem News]
  • The best way to hook those loyal fans is to get 'em while they're young. Like fresh out of the womb young. [WaPoPuck Daddy]
  • Finally, happy 53rd birthday to Garry Galley.