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Sunday Caps Clips: Stayin' Alive

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: A big win at home pushes the series to a Game 6 showdown in Pittsburgh.

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  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's win from usVogs, Monumental video (Caps: TrotzHoltbyWilliamsOshieCarlson; Pens: SullivanCrosby/Malkin/Lovejoyhighlights), (and again), SIPuck DaddyESPN (and again), APReutersSovSportWaPoFrankovicPeerlessStars and SticksFiCPRMNBNoVa Caps, and from the Steel City, Post-Gazette (and again), Tribune-Review
    • Braden Holtby, man. Braden Holtby. [NHL.comCBS DCRMNB]
    • The best and worst from an action-packed Game 5. [WaPo]
    • Alex Ovechkin vs. Sidney Crosby. (Advantage: Ovechkin) []
    • The power play! It's aliiiiive! [NHL.comRMNBPost-GazetteTribune-Review]
    • "Mr. Game 7" was "Mr. Game 5" as he cashed in on a bad turnover to put the Caps up by two. [WaPo]
    • The Penguins made plenty of mistakes last night, and the Caps made sure to make them pay. [NHL.comWaPoTribune-Review]
    • Why? Because the Caps were not ready for the season to be over. []
    • But the Penguins probably don't need to worry... yet. [Post-Gazette]
    • They may, however, want to turn to Marc-Andre Fleury. Because that wouldn't be a sign of panicking or anything. [Post-Gazette]
    • Patric Hornqvist, who has been a pain in the rear for the Caps in this series, had his own rear stapled to the bench for most of the third period. Hmm. [Puck Daddy]
    • Sights and sounds from a fun night at 7th and F. [NoVa Caps]
    • A couple of things we were talking about yesterday, including OPTIMISM! [Rink]
    • It may have given up a goal last night, but the Caps' penalty kill has been stellar throughout the postseason. [TSS]
  • Michael Wilbon should not be allowed to talk about hockey anymore. Period. [WaPo]
  • Because the Caps have plenty of things they need to fix, but Alex Ovechkin isn't one of them. Exclamation point. [WaPo]
  • News and notes from yesterday's pregame skate:
    • In general. [Dump 'n ChaseNoVa Caps]
    • Having their backs against the wall is a new challenge for the Caps - one they were ready to take on. [CSNMA (and again)]
    • A big reason for that? The leadership of guys like Justin Williams, who has helped the team maintain a sense of calm and confidence. []
    • The Penguins were hoping to finish off the Caps in five. [WaPo]
    • After a sticky Schmidtuation, Nate Schmidt was ready to draw back in for the Caps. [WaPo]
    • Meanwhile, Eric Fehr and Kris Letang were back in action for the Pens. [NHL.comCSNMAPost-Gazette]
  • A look at the series thus far. [RMNB]
  • Down on the farm:
    • A lopsided 5-1 win over the Baby Pens has the Bears up 2-1 in their series. [Patriot-News]
    • The Stingrays, unfortunately, did not have such a fun night and are now on the brink of elimination at the hands of the Thunder. [Caps Outsider]
  • Braden Holtby and Alex Ovechkin were not selected as finalists for this year's Hart Trophy. Snubbed? [CSNMA]