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Monday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Backstrom tears it up for the Tre Kronor, Bowey comes up big for the Bears, fretting over free agents and more.

Hockey: World Cup of Hockey-Semifinals-Europe vs Sweden John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today...” Chemmy from Pension Plan Puppets puts paid to the Caps’ season. Sigh. [Puck Daddy]
  • Point -“The Capitals have tried everything — except trading Ovechkin.” [NYPost]
  • Counterpoint - Not so fast, pal. [NoVa Caps]
  • The organization will need to sort out the reverse free agent frenzy:
  • Daniel Winnik faces another offseason of uncertainty. [CSNMA]
  • Kevin Shattenkirk wishes he had made a bigger impact. [CSNMA]
  • Keeping T.J. Oshie is a no-brainer at least until salary and term creep into the conversation. [THW]
  • Nicklas Backstrom accepted Team Sweden’s invite to keep playing hockey, and teamed up with William Nylander to make some beauty goals in a 4-2 victory over the Danes. [NoVa Caps, RMNB, Stars & Sticks, Aftonbladet]
  • William Nylander remembers the good ol’ days in DC when Bäckis was his babysitter. [Expressen]
  • Madison Bowey scored the overtime gamewinner to put Hershey up three games to two, and the Bears are one win away from the Eastern conference final. [Chocolate Hockey (gamer, gifs), NoVa Caps, Caps Outsider]
  • The Bears should be receiving another defenseman to add to their roster (or perhaps their Black Aces squad), as Connor Hobbs and the Regina Pats ended up on the wrong end of the scoreboard in Game Six of the WHL Championship. The Seattle Thunderbirds claim the title and advance to the Memorial Cup. Hobbs finished 6-18-24, plus-2 in 23 games played this offseason.
  • The WHL website had a very nice writeup of Hobbs’ WHL career. [The WHL]
  • Finally, the South Carolina Stingrays dropped their second game vs the Manchester Monarchs, leaving them in a 2-0 hole. [Caps Outsider]