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Saturday Caps Clips: Round 2, Game 2 Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps look to hold serve, Wilson pays The Man, positives and negatives and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Things we were talking about when talking about the Caps yesterday. [Rink]
  • Tom Wilson avoided a suspension but was fined $2,403.67 for his knee-on-knee hit on Conor Sheary Thursday night. [RinkWaPoWashTimesCSNMAPuck DaddyRMNBNoVa CapsTribune-ReviewPensburgh]
    • Is a fine enough to make him curb his reckless ways? [NoVa Caps]
  • Previews of Game 2 from VogsNHL.comAPCaps OutsiderFiCP, and as always, be sure to swing by our SB Nation pals over at Pensburgh for the other side of tonight's matchup.
    • After a relatively quiet Game 1, everyone expects Sidney Crosby to be better in Game 2... but he'll have to go through Nicklas Backstrom, first. [NHL.comAPCSNMATribune-Review]
  • Picking favorites in the second round based on advanced stats vs. the eye test, and their bastard offspring, logic. [THN]
  • Looking at how Alex Ovechkin and Crosby stack up against one another. [NESN]
  • Click through for Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts, including a great story from the last time the Caps and Pens danced in the playoffs. [Sportsnet]
  • Is there a correlation between hits and puck possession? The players weigh in. [Post-Gazette]
  • News and notes from yesterday's optional skate:
    • In general. [Dump 'n Chase, Monumental video (Caps: TrotzOrpikChimera; Pens: Sullivanlocker room), Post-GazetteNoVa Caps (pics)]
    • If you couldn't tell by his hat trick the other night, T.J. Oshie is clicking with his linemates... y'know, now that he's shooting the puck. [WaPo]
    • Third-line Andre Burakovsky is actually working pretty well, too. [WaPo]
    • As predicted, those mean, horrible Caps are already beating up on the poor defenseless Penguins. [Tribune-ReviewPens Labyrinth]
    • The Pens' coach will have some decisions to make regarding a couple of his struggling blueliners. [Tribune-Review]
    • Ditto for Barry Trotz, who has Dmitry Orlov on a short list after a miscue and an overall bad (albeit brief) game the other night. [WaPoCSNMARMNB]
    • Two years after he left Pittsburgh, Brooks Orpik is facing off against a lot of new players. [WaPo]
    • And apparently when he left, he took the playoff overtime success with him. That contract's not looking so bad NOW, is it? [The Score]
    • The Pens think they can improve, the Caps expect a long series, and ulcer medications fly off the shelves in two cities. [Post-GazetteTribune-Review]
    • Matt Murray experienced his first playoff loss in his young career, but is ready to move past it. [Tribune-Review]
    • Mike Milbury is saying (mostly) nice things about Ovechkin and sounding sincere and it is downright freaky. [WaPo]
  • The Pens' defensemen have decided they need to keep it simple, stupid. [Tribune-Review]
  • A few leftovers from the overtime th/.riller in Game 1. [Dump 'n ChasePeerlessCSNMAFiCPStars and SticksRMNBPensblogPensburgh]
    • What worked, what didn't. [RinkPeerless]
    • One game in and this series has already turned nasty. [ESPN]
    • Both sides took some positives out of that game... [CSNMA]
    • ...and revealed some potential negatives. [WaPoPost-Gazette]
    • Jay Beagle: Hockey Unicorn. [WaPoRMNB]
    • Former NHL ref Kerry Fraser weighs in on the Wilson non-penalty and the Oshie goal. [TSN]
    • Rank 'em! [Rink]
    • Embarrassing doesn't even begin to describe it. Let's not do this kind of thing, okay, fans? [OutsportsWaPoDeadspinRMNB]
  • Thursday wasn't the first time Oshie stepped up and played the hero in a critical game. [THW]
  • Eight players to watch in the second round. [Yardbarker]
  • The draft lottery will take place ahead of tonight's game; the two captains have a pretty good idea of what that's like. [National Post]
  • The Caps will head to Kansas City this fall to face the Blues in a preseason game. [CapsBluesWaPoCSNMAKansas City Star]
  • Former Caps bench boss Bruce Boudreau is once again looking for work, and a few of his former players - in both rooms - talk about their old coach. [Puck DaddyCSNMAPost-Gazette]
  • Take a look back at the best and worst from the first round. [PDL]
  • Down Goes Brown discovers yet another gem in the endless treasure trove that was the Caps' music videos of the '80s and '90s. [Vice]
  • Finally, happy 50th birthday to Jeff Brown, and happy 59th to Dave Parro.