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Saturday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Bruins Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The last regular-season roadie, scoreboard watching Presidents’ Trophy-style, the Stingrays clinch and more.

Washington Capitals v Boston Bruins Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Regular season champs - again. How the Caps got there and how they can leverage that success to take that next step. [Rink Radio]
  • Momentum - Why the Caps won’t be taking these next two games off. [Rink]
  • Even the Presidents’ Trophy champions will be scoreboard-watching this weekend. And yes, there’s math. [Rink, WaPo, CSNMA]
  • The Caps’ optimal path through the Eastern Conference is... [CBS DC]
  • Previews of tonight's battle with the Bruins from Vogs (plus game notes), Peerless and NoVa Caps, and be sure to visit our SB Nation pals over at Stanley Cup of Chowder for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • John Carlson (lower body injury) and Brett Connolly (illness) have been ruled out for tonight and in fact aren’t even on the trip. Paul Carey gets a sweater and Taylor Chorney may also suit up for this game. [CSNMA, WaPo]
  • The Bruins are also scoreboard watching and they pretty much don’t want to see Braden Holtby between the pipes today. Or ever, probably. [Boston Globe]
  • Notes and assorted whatnot from Friday’s practice at Kettler:
  • In general. [Monumental video (Trotz, locker room, on the ice, Rinkside Update/Shattenkirk), NoVa Caps (plus pictures)]
  • After practice, Alex Ovechkin played a little Dangle City with a teeny tiny visitor. A teeny tiny visitor who just might grow up to be a very good hockey player. [RMNB]
  • Kevin Shattenkirk has been exactly As Advertised. And then some. [WaPo]
  • Mike Milbury (yes, that Mike Milbury) likes the Caps’ chances. Er, scratch that - he actually likes the Capitals. [WaPo]
  • Kevin Weekes too. [NHL.com]
  • Mark your calendars for July 9 at Nationals Park, when legendary Caps play-by-play man Ron Weber will be inducted into the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame. Congrats Ron! [WaPo]
  • Congrats as well to the South Carolina Stingrays, who qualified for the ECHL postseason. [Stingrays]
  • Prospect updates:
  • Ilya Samsonov and Metallurg Magnitogorsk begin their defense of the Gagarin Cup against Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk and superteam SKA St. Petersburg today. [sport.mail.ru]
  • Connor Hobbs scored the game-tying goal and his Regina Pats went on to defeat the Swift Current Broncos 4-2 in their WHL second round series-opener.
  • Lucas Johansen’s Kelowna Rockets defeated the Portland Winterhawks 4-2 in their second round series-opener.
  • Finally, have fun all you blood-donating Caps fans! May the Nate Schmidt bobble brighten all your days: