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Wednesday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Penguins Game 7 Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Unleash the fury.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Remember where you are so you remember where you were. Tonight might just be the greatest night ever for DC sports. Maybe. Probably. IF. Just enjoy it, okay? [WaPo (Steinberg), WaPo (Boswell), Caps Outsider]
  • This game’s for all the marbles, y’know. Shiny silver marbles of a certain shape, even. [Vice (Lozo)]
  • Truth will out, and we’ll soon know just what the Caps are made of. [theScore]
  • “[S]omehow, some way…this is the Capitals’ series to lose. They’ve weathered the storm and now they have momentum and home ice on their side.” [Fox Sports]
  • The team with all the answers... [WaPo]
  • ... and an owner who is Living The Dream, one exhilarating and exhausting day after another. [WaPo]
  • Six things we were talking about yesterday when we were talking about the Caps. [Brink (morning, afternoon)]
  • After the final horn sounded for Game Six, J.P. sat in with Dim Filipovich and the fine folks at Hockey PDOcast. [Hockey PDOcast]
  • Previews of Game Seven(!) between the Caps and Pens from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL Network (video), AP, NoVa Caps and WaPo, and be sure to check in with our SB Nation brethren over at Pensburgh for coverage from Steeltown.
  • Six keys to a Caps’ victory. [CSNMA]
  • Three reasons #CapsPens Game Seven will be the highlight of the playoffs. And only one of them is Sid vs. Ovi. [theScore]
  • Related: “Ovechkin and Crosby have been central to their respective teams and brands for more than a decade but never have they seemed so minor in the mix than they do right now.” [Sportsnet]
  • Two tweaks that Barry Trotz made that saved the Caps from elimination. [WaPo (Greenberg)]
  • Statistically speaking, the Caps’ top line is leading the way. The top line that has three-goals-in-two-games Andre Burakovsky on it. []
  • Which brings us to the subject of Alex Ovechkin ’s move to the Eller-Wilson line. It appears to be working, and the Captain is receiving accolades for listening to his coaches and doing what needs to be done to help his team win. As he has done for his entire Capitals career. [Fox Sports, WaPo]
  • How Washington's physical play finally wore down the Penguins. [ESPN]
  • Speaking of which, they’re trying to find their speed. [PPG]
  • A few leftovers from Game Six:
  • Postgame notebook. [Dump-n-Chase]
  • Cheerless and Fearless talk it out. [Peerless]
  • Why did Sidney Crosby keep playing Monday night? [WaPo (and again), USA Today, CBS PGH]
  • The Caps are going deep into analytics. They have hired the Hockey Graphs braintrust. [Stars and Sticks]
  • Oh, to be young and never seen a championship. [Capitals Outsider]
  • An open letter to the hockey gods. [Capitals Outsider]
  • Lucky Hershey Bears got the chance to practice in the legendary Hersheypark Arena before they left for Games Three and Four of their series with Providence. Lotta history in that grand old barn. [NoVa Caps]