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Saturday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Maple Leafs Game 2 Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps aim to make a 1-0 series lead into a 2-0 series lead.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Toronto Maple Leafs at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of Game 2 between the Caps and Leafs from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL.com, AP and Toronto Star, and be sure to check in - tonight and throughout the series - with our frenemies over at Pension Plan Puppets for all of the coverage from the Toronto side.
  • Three division champions play their second playoff game tonight - each is in a different situation after a shutout loss, a come-from-behind OT win, and a confident victory. [AP]
  • From the Caps end of the ice:
  • Barry Trotz and Last Change vs. Toronto. [Rink]
  • Three keys to a Caps victory tonight. [Stars and Sticks]
  • From the Toronto end of the ice:
  • Defenseman Nikita Zaitsev remains unavailable for duty. [Sportsnet]
  • “We’re going to raise our game.” [MLHS]
  • “Just shoot the puck.” [NatPo]
  • Leftovers from Game One:
  • Cheerless and Fearless break it down for us. [Peerless]
  • Postgame notebook. [Dump-n-Chase, ALL CAPS]
  • Numbers for the morning after. [RMNB]
  • Three reasons for Toronto’s loss. [Editor in Leaf]
  • And what lessons were there for the Caps? [NoVa Caps]
  • A Tampa fan and Pensburgh contributor spent the week in DC and found himself at Game One... and came away impressed. Well done Caps nation. [FanPost]
  • Well-deserved appreciation for Mister Clutch, Justin Williams. [Toronto Sun, NHL.com, WaPo]
  • Marcus Johansson keeps an even lower profile than Nicklas Backstrom, if that is even possible. Alex Prewitt helps us get to know him better. [SI.com]
  • Tom Wilson is making friends and influencing people by scoring overtime playoff goals. [CSNMA]
  • A win, and they are in. The Hershey Bears clinched the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 2-1 victory over the Baby Pens (and a loss by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers). [PennLive, RMNB, NoVa Caps]
  • Finally, happy 59th birthday to Keith Acton, and lordy lordy, Brian Pothier’s forty.
  • One more - The playoffs are not for the faint of heart, as Caps and Wiz fans are about to find out. [WaPo (Boswell)]