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Sunday Caps Clips: A Tale of Two Goalies

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Holtby shines and Mason slips as the Caps take a 2-0 series lead, and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's win from usVogs, Monumental video (TrotzHoltbyAlznerOshieCarlsonNiskanenFlyershighlights), NHL.comESPNPHTWRICPuck DaddyAPReutersWaPoWashTimesCSNMAFrankovicFiCPRMNBDSPNoVa CapsStars and SticksPhilly.com, and Broad Street Hockey
  • Okay, you got the 2-0 series lead, Caps. Now can you guys please make this a short series? Some of us have Seders to get to. [WaPo]
  • Philadelphia's Brayden Schenn is kind of a- well, insert your favorite curse word... [RMNB]
  • ...which is why this was so beautiful last night:
  • News and notes from yesterday's pregame skate:
    • In general. [Dump 'n Chase, Monumental video (TrotzHakstolFlyers locker roomRinkside Update/Winnik)]
    • Evgeny Kuznetsov is getting his chances, and sooner or later that red light is going to go on. [Caps Outsider]
    • His linemate, Andre Burakovsky, is riding a wave of high confidence (and is probably due for a goal or two in his own right). [WaPo]
    • Despite minimal minutes in the series opener, Nate Schmidt is looking to build on his first postseason experience. [WaPoWashTimes]
    • It's that time of year when every NHLer is happy to absorb a bruise or ten in the name of the team. [CSNMARMNB]
    • The Flyers are playing up the underdog card while also trying to prove that they belong in the playoffs. [WaPo]
  • A couple of things we're talking about when we're talking 'bout the Caps... [Rink]
  • ...and we're talking 'bout the Caps with Capitals Radio 24/7. [Rink]
  • Through two games, this Caps team feels different - to the point of converting even the most skeptical of locals. [WashTimes]
  • Which is why they should still be considered the favorites to win the Stanley Cup. [Sportsnet]
  • For the postseason, the NHL has installed blue-line cameras to better assist with those pesky offside challenges. [WaPo]
  • The Hershey Bears rounded out the organizational trio of division winners when they clinched the Atlantic Division title last night. [Patriot-News]
  • Comparing Braden Holtby's record-tying season to the record-setting season for Martin Brodeur. [All About the Jersey]
  • For so many of us fans - of any teams - the love of hockey started with our fathers (and/or mothers). [NoVa Caps]
  • Finally, happy 73rd birthday to Dennis Hextall, happy 51st to Kent Paynter, and raise a glass to the memory of the late Tommy Williams, who would have been 76 today.