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Thursday Caps Clips: Round 2, Game 1 Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews, stats, matchups and more as the Caps and Pens get set to do battle

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Your Round 2 game day links:

  • Some of the topics on our mind yesterday, including Sid vs. Ovi and which media members are smart enough to pick the right team to win this one. [Rink]
  • Our own Kevin Klein joined John Walton to talk about the upcoming series with Pittsburgh. [Rink]
  • It's official: Braden Holtby is a Vezina Trophy finalist! Surprising? Perhaps not. Completely, totally awesome and well-deserved? Damn skippy. [RinkCapsAPPuck DaddySportsnetWaPoCSNMAFiCPRMNBStarsandSticksNoVa Caps]
  • Previews of Game 1 against the Penguins from Vogs and, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Pensburgh tonight and throughout the series for the other side of this matchup.
    • If you're planning to take the Metro tonight, there's some good news: you get an extra hour to catch the train home after the game. [WMATAWaPo]
  • Looking ahead to what this series might have in store with a boatload of previews. [Vice (DGB), ESPNTSNSI, CBSSportsAPWashTimesCaps OutsiderStars and SticksFiCPCity of Champions@TribSports (via Twitter)]
    • Now the real test begins for the Caps. [Bleacher Report]
    • A closer look at the Capitals' breakout vs. the Penguins' forecheck. [Pensburgh]
    • And a closer look at how the Caps match up with the Penguins in general. [NBC4CSNMARMNB]
    • It's a trap! [Pensblog]
    • Tom Wilson through the eyes of Penguins fans. *grabs popcorn* [Pensburgh]
    • Get to know some Penguins through the eyes of, well, us. [Rink (BoninoShearyDumoulinCole)
    • Time for another chorus of "it's not about Ovechkin vs. Crosby, it's about the teams!" [CBCTSNBlueJackets Xtra]
    • Okay but... yeah, no, it's still about Ovechkin vs. Crosby. [SLAMUSA TodayTimes Online]
    • Scoping out the goalie situation, with playoff hero Holtby going up against playoff newbie Matt Murray... at least for now. [NHL.comWaPoNoVa CapsTribune-Review (and again)]
    • The Caps' depth is reason enough to be optimistic about their chances in this series. [NoVa Caps]
    • Evgeny Kuznetsov has the ability to be a difference-maker, and the Caps will need him to be just that. []
    • Why the Penguins are dangerous. [WaPo]
    • They're dangerous, but the Caps are, too, and come equipped with a bruising forecheck. [Tribune-Review]
    • Both teams did some serious damage with the extra man in the first round of the playoffs. []
  • He and his team have a long way to go, but there's a chance that Jay Beagle could make some history this year. [Dump 'n Chase]
  • Longtime Cap Eric Fehr had a hunch he'd end up facing his old team in the postseason after he signed there. [WaPo]
    • Ah, Eric Fehr: former Capital, children's book author, potato farmer. [Post-Gazette]
  • In Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen, the Penguins' loss two summers ago has been a huge gain for the Caps. [NHL.comWaPo]
  • This rivalry goes back decades, but it's been mostly one-sided. Hmph. [ESPN]
  • Yes, the Caps have a long and painful playoff history with the Penguins... but there was one good year. [WaPo]
  • Hard to believe that it's been seven years since the last time these two clubs clashed. [WaPo]
  • One of the overtime heroes from that series helped one fan become a fan. Very cool. [The Odyssey]
  • News and notes from yesterday's optional skate. [Monumental video (TrotzCarlsonHoltby)]
    • Karl Alzner is expected to suit up for tonight's action despite missing two straight practices, while Orpik's status isn't quite as clear. [NHL.comWaPoCSNMAWashTimes]
    • If one or both is unavailable, another Caps' blueliner with ties to the Penguins, Taylor Chorney, might get to face his old team. [WaPo]
    • After a strong opening round, Marcus Johansson has earned himself at least a temporary spot on the team's snakebitten second line. [WaPo]
  • A Caps Fan and a Pens fan walk into a bar and basically just talk trash about each other's teams. Welcome to the series. [Mr. Irrelevant]
  • A few parting thoughts on the first-round series against Philadelphia. [NoVa Caps]
    • If you haven't read our own Jason Rogers' fabulous and funny eulogy of the Flyers, you should rectify that immediately, if not sooner. [Puck Daddy]
    • Relive some of the best moments of the series. [CSNMA (Top 5: goalssaveshits)
    • T.J. Oshie didn't really care if the League talked to Brayden Schenn about his check that briefly took Oshie off the ice in Game 6... [CSNMA]
    • ...which is more than can be said for the Flyers' brass, who are considering an appeal. As the kids say, LOL. [Philly.comBSH]
  • Power rankings for this year's playoff goalies so far. [Bleacher Report]
  • With the series locked up at one apiece, the Bears return home to host the Pirates in a crucial Game 3 in their first-round series. [Patriot-News]
  • Hitting "redo" on the 2015 NHL Draft. [THN]
  • Finally, happy 51st birthday to Mike Millar, happy 50th to Ken Sabourin, and happy 52nd to Brad Shaw,