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Friday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Maple Leafs Game 5 Game Day

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Toronto Maple Leafs v Washington Capitals - Game One Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Rink reading: Narratives (Part One, Part Two), Rink Rank.
  • Previews of Game 5 between the Caps and Leafs from Vogs (plus game notes), WaPo and NoVa Caps, 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.
  • Nate Schmidt brought wheels, determination and heads-up hockey play to the lineup, and has gotten the attention of his coach. [WaPo, NHL.com, CSNMA]
  • The Leafs find their margin for “youthful errors” dwindling. [Globe and Mail, Puck Daddy]
  • But then, so do the Caps. [Sportsnet]
  • In this story about Tom Wilson’s terrific play in Toronto, there is some great information about how the Caps came to draft him. There’s a Dale Hunter angle. [ESPN]
  • The Leafs are keeping a wary eye on Alex Ovechkin. [Toronto Sun]
  • Dmitry Orlov is thriving. [WaPo]
  • “It’s a pinball machine out there.” Braden Holtby reflects on a playoff series played hard by the net... [WaPo, NHL.com]
  • ... and the pinballs are bouncing in behind the Caps’ goalie at a most unHoltby-like rate. [CSNMA]
  • Related - When Karl Alzner gets healthy, keep Schmidt in and sit Brooks Orpik. The Leafs are spending way too much time hanging around the Caps’ crease. [WaPo (Greenberg), Stars and Sticks]
  • Defend, dammit. [Caps Outsider]
  • If Nicklas Backstrom, Marcus Johansson and Andre Burakovsky all seem to have a extra spring in their step, you can thank their personal trainer on loan from the homeland, Andreas Öhgren. [NoVa Caps]
  • A few leftovers from Game Four:
  • Postgame notebook. [Dump-n-Chase]
  • Fearless and Cheerless hash it out. [Peerless]
  • Numbers for the morning after. [RMNB]
  • Three takeaways. [S&S]
  • Stats from the first four games. [NoVa Caps]
  • A game review by the Hot Stove and worth your time. [MLHS]
  • Good luck to the Hershey Bears as they begin their quest for the franchise’s 12th Calder Cup tonight against the Phantoms of Lehigh Valley. [NoVa Caps, Chocolate Hockey (and again)]
  • Congrats to Braden Holtby, who will receive the Capital Pride Alliance’s “DC Pride Ally Award” for his work as a vocal ally for LGBTQ rights. [RMNB]
  • Point: A plea to the Caps: Win a title so every game isn't a referendum on choking, and so you can just be a normal team. [WaPo]
  • Counterpoint: You guys, the Caps’ results aren’t really that bad. [NatPo]
  • Finally, happy 50th birthday to Miika Elomo, happy 47th birthday to Stew Malgunas and happy 60th birthday to Mark Lofthouse.