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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps head to Pittsburgh looking to force a Game 7, Brooks Orpik returns, and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of Game 6 in Pittsburgh from VogsNHL.comAPNoVa CapsFiCP, and as always,
    Pensburgh has you covered from the black and gold perspective.
  • What worked and what didn't in Game 5. [Rink]
  • News and notes from yesterday's practice. [Monumental video (TrotzHoltbyOshieOrpik,
    ChimeraRinkside Update/Richards), FiCP]
  • One of the things we (and many others) were talking about yesterday was the potential for the Pens to swap out Matt Murray for Marc-Andre Fleury... [RinkWaPo]
  • ...and after a long 24+ hours of speculation, Mike Sullivan confirmed what we all pretty much knew to be true: they're sticking with Murray. [Puck DaddyAPCSNMAPost-GazetteTribune-Review]
  • The idea of trading Alex Ovechkin is not one that should cross the mind of any sane person who pays even an ounce of attention to hockey. [Peerless]
  • After sitting out the last three games, Brooks Orpik's suspension is up and the Caps have their warrior back. [WaPo (and again), CSNMATribune-Review]
  • With Orpik back in the lineup, it looks like Taylor Chorney will get the nod - and Nate Schmidt will have a seat. [CSNMA]
  • Olli Maatta may also make his first appearance in the series since Game 1, although he's more of a game-time decision. [ESPNTribune-ReviewTHW]
  • The Caps' penalty kill may finally have a blemish on it after last game, but they're still confident. [WaPo]
  • On the flip side, their power play finally woke up in Game 5 and it's a big reason why there's a Game 6. [WaPo]
  • The Penguins hope to neutralize the Caps' power play by improving their work on shorthanded faceoffs. [Post-Gazette]
  • History holds no interest for the Caps; all they're focused on is writing a new chapter. [WaPoCSNMA]
  • Sidney Crosby is still trying to figure out this whole "scoring in the playoffs" thing. Take your time, Sid. [AP]
  • In fact, the point production is way down for both Crosby and his cohort Evgeni Malkin since their run to the Cup back in 2009. [Tribune-Review]
  • Of course, they're not the only ones struggling - but Evgeny Kuznetsov is playing well despite a dearth of scoring. [SportsnetRMNB]
  • The Penguins will need their urgency level to match that of the desperate Caps if they hope to move on. [ESPN]
  • Some series have a goaltending duel; apparently this one has a coaching duel. [Tribune-Review]
  • Five questions hanging over this series. [Sportsnet]
  • Five thoughts and questions on Game 6. [ESPNPensburgh]
  • The fact that this matchup is a second-round battle and not an Eastern Conference matchup continues to be a bone of contention. [NoVa Caps]
  • Everybody hates Tom Wilson. [WaPo]
  • If getting whacked in the butt with a stick is what it takes to get T.J. Oshie going, so be it. No judgment. RMNB]
  • A game that started with a warmup scuffle ended in an overtime loss for the Bears as the baby Pens pulled even to make the series 2-2. [Patriot-NewsCaps OutsiderNoVa Caps]