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Thursday Caps Clips: Feelin’ Presidential

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Caps clinch a second Presidents’ Trophy with a win over the Rangers, and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • One last check at the big picture to see if the Caps really are as good as we think. [Rink]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's shutout, Presidents' Trophy-clinching victory over the Rangers from us, Vogs, Monumental video (Trotz, locker room), AP, WaPo, CSNMA, Frankovic, NoVa Caps, RMNB, FiCP, Newsday, and Blueshirt Banter.
  • When it comes to DC sports history, the Caps are in a league of their own. [WaPo]
  • Make no mistake about it - winning the Presidents' Trophy is a big deal, and the Caps are aware of it. But it's not their final goal. [CSNMA, Sporting News]
  • Leftovers from Tuesday's win over the Maple Leafs. [Rink Rank, RMNB]
  • The playoff picture - and the Caps' first-round opponent - is starting to come into a bit more focus. [RMNB]
  • At 36 years young, Justin Williams is definitely not slowing down as he seeks out his fourth Cup. [FRS, Northumberland Today]
  • Braden Holtby now has a League-leading nine shutouts and is among the tops in other goalie categories - so is he deserving of another Vezina? [WUSA9]
  • Adding a new twist to this whole Olympic thing is the fact that the Russian Federation wants their players to play in the KHL prior to the Games. [AP]
  • Who's shocked that the Blackhawks are apparently a bunch of pandering Yes Men? Anyone? ...anyone? [Puck Daddy]
  • Shane Gersich, the Caps' fifth-round pick in 2014, will stay at North Dakota for his senior year. [Grand Forks Herald, NoVa Caps]
  • Happy 38th birthday to Matt Yeats, happy 45th to Trevor Halverson, and happy 47th to the legendary Olie Kolzig.
  • Finally, you must watch the amazing origin story of Nate Schmidt’s new ‘do: