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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Another OT win puts the Caps one game from the second round, Ovechkin survives a scare and more.

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Toronto Maple Leafs v Washington Capitals - Game Five Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • How the Caps have improved in faceoffs over the course of the series, though perhaps not in areas they needed to... until overtime last night, natch. [Rink]
  • Six other things we were talking about yesterday when we were talking about the Caps. [Rink (and again)]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's win from us, Vogs, Monumental video (Trotz, Babcock, Caps locker room), NHL.com, TSN, AP, CP, WaPo (and Best/Worst), CSNMA (and 3 key observations), WashTimes, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Frankovic, NoVa Caps, RMNB, and PPP.
  • Mr. Game 1, Mr. Game 5, Mr. Game 7... call him whatever you want, but his ability to come up clutch is "why he's Justin". [WaPo, NHL.com, CSNMA, Puck Daddy]
  • Sharing hero duties with Williams last night? Braden Holtby, who gave up just one goal in easily his best outing of the series. [WaPo, FRS]
  • Meanwhile the hero of Game 1 and Game 4 saw his butt stapled to the bench after a slew of penalties. [CSNMA]
  • Scary moment for everyone in red after Nazem Kadri caught Alex Ovechkin with a low hit and sent the captain to the ice, then the locker room. [WaPo, PHT, Puck Daddy, ESPN, SovSport]
  • Seriously, it really is pretty amazing that Alex Ovechkin was able to come back from this:
  • But come back he did, because Russian machine... well, you know the rest. [NHL.com, CSNMA, The Score]
  • Guys, he was clearly too distracted by thoughts of revenge to play real hockey. Hot takes about Ovechkin from Canada, right this way! [Toronto Sun]
  • Neither the Leafs, nor Kadri himself, saw anything wrong with the hit. Of course, Mike Milbury agreed with them so you know they're wrong. [CSNMA, WaPo, RMNB, PHT, CBC]
  • In a close game, the difference between a win and a loss came down to which team could strike on the power play. [Sportsnet, The Score]
  • News and notes from yesterday's pregame skate. [Dump 'n Chase, Monumental video (Trotz, Ovechkin, locker room)]
  • Before the game, Holtby was already feeling more confident and better prepared to face the Leafs. [CSNMA]
  • At the other end of the rink, Frederik Andersen has gone hot and cold in his own right. [WaPo]
  • Deadline acquisition Kevin Shattenkirk saw his minutes drop dramatically in Game 4 - but he didn't seem to mind. [WaPo, WashTimes]
  • Some of those minutes have instead gone to Nate Schmidt, who has been awesome since replacing an injured Karl Alzner. [RMNB]
  • Shattenkirk wasn't the only one to see his ice time dip in Toronto; Trotz shortened his bench as some depth guys struggled. [CSNMA]
  • The Caps recalled Chandler Stephenson from Hershey yesterday, apparently for no reason other than to panic the fans. [CSNMA]
  • It was a night for dramatic overtime finishes for the organization as a whole, with Nathan Walker providing the only offense in the Bears' series opener against Lehigh Valley. [ChocHockey, Caps Outsider, Patriot News, NoVa Caps]
  • And further down south, the Stingrays won a Game 5 of their own to take a 3-2 series lead. [Caps Outsider]