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Monday Caps Clips: Bring On the Penguins

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: All the news that's fit to post from a Caps' series-clinching victory in Philly.

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Your one-round-down breakfast links:

  • Recaps and other assorted musings on the clincher from usVogs, Monumental video (TrotzHoltbyBackstromAlznerOshieJohanssonWilliams
    Niskanen), (and again), ESPN (and again), APReutersAFPTHN
    Puck DaddyWaPo (and Best/Worst), CSNMA (gamerblog), NBC4WashTimesFrankovicPeerlessFiCPRMNB (and again), NoVa CapsTHWPressbox DCStarsandSticks, and from up on Broad Street, CSN, and our awesome friends over at BSH.
    • They say defense wins championships. For now, it played a big role in the Caps winning Game 6 (and the series). [WaPo]
    • The officiating in this one was... let's go with questionable. [RMNBNoVa Caps]
    • That resulted in a two-man advantage for each team, both of which were fruitless, but the Flyers' lack of power-play goals ultimately proved to be more costly. [NHL.comCSN]
    • It was a tense couple of minutes for wrongly accused Nicklas Backstrom, but he made up for it by scoring the only goal the Caps would need. [WashTimes]
    • When Nicky did score, one particular bar in New York City was watching, and broke out in a delightful chant. Glory, glory, indeed! [NYC Caps Crew]
    • One thing that wasn't penalized? The hit by Brayden Schenn (shocker!) that briefly sent T.J. Oshie back to the room. [WaPoCSNMAPuck Daddy]
    • He may not have scored in every game, but Alex Ovechkin made his presence felt against the Flyers. []
    • Flyers fans had some parting words for Ovechkin. No, not that kind; the supportive kind. [CSNMA]
    • Five key stats that explain how the Caps got by the Flyers. [CSNMA]
    • The Flyers' big trio was pretty well silenced during this series, including captain Claude Giroux, who had just one assist in the six games. []
    • Of course, we all know the real reason the Caps won: they have adorable children. [RMNB]
    • Handshakes! [Rink]
  • Bad penalties, hot goalies... yes, we've seen this movie before. But this time - and this team - is different. [WaPoCSNMA]
  • The second line in general, and Evgeny Kuznetsov in particular, were pretty quiet in the first round. Don't you worry about #92, though. [FiCP]
  • Okay, so... who's ready for Pittsburgh? [Post-GazetteTribune-ReviewPensburgh]
    • Breaking down the season in head-to-head matchups. [RinkPost-Gazette]
    • Not-so-fun fact: Home ice hasn't been such an advantage for home teams so far in the postseason. [Tribune-Review]
    • You may be tired of, or roll your eyes at, the Crosby-Ovechkin narrative, but there's no denying it will once again be the central focus of this series. [Globe and MailCBCSportsnet]
    • Chasing those damn ghosts. [TSN]
  • Some pregame notes. [Dump 'n Chase, Monumental video (Trotz)]
  • Caps' goalie prospect Ilya Samsonov helped Metallurg win the KHL's Gagarin Cup, and he did it while playing through injury. [KHL]