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The Narrative: Game On, The Vezina and The Real Finals?

Three things we're talking about today when we're talking about the Caps

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1. Not much set-up needed here (and as for lineup updates, per reports, Karl Alzner is in, Brooks Orpik is a gametime decision (Taylor Chorney would go if he can't) and Conor Sheary is in for Pittsburgh)...

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2. Braden Holtby is a Vezina finalist and, let's face it... a mortal lock for the award.

But in a shocking turn of events, not everyone is happy:

For what it's worth, we tend to agree with Wysh here (and anyone who thinks Jonathan Quick doesn't belong). More importantly, let's hope Holtby doesn't have a Game 1 performance that resembles the one co-finalist Ben Bishop had last night.

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3. Interestingly, oddsmakers have the Caps and Pens as co-favorites to win the Cup:

Other models are less favorable, but it's clear that whichever of these teams emerges when the dust settles on this one will be well-positioned to do the thing... just as it has happened the other two times these teams have met in the second round, first in 1991...

1991

And then again in 2009:

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(via Wiki)