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Tuesday Caps Clips: New Life, New Series

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: And just like that, it’s the best of one.

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NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Six things we were talking about yesterday when we were talking about the Caps. [Rink (morning, afternoon)]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's win from us, Vogs, Monumental video (Trotz, locker room),, AP, NBC Sports, Puck Daddy, ESPN, USA Today, SI, TSN, WaPo (and Best/Worst), CSNMA, WashTimes, Frankovic, Peerless, RMNB, NoVa Caps, Tribune-Review (and plus-minus), Post-Gazette (more, and here, plus grades), and Pensburgh.
  • And just like that, it's the Caps' turn to be the team with all the answers. [WaPo]
  • They also have a firm refusal to panic, which has them on the verge of completing a pretty amazing comeback. [Puck Daddy, Tribune-Review]
  • A big reason for that composure and the turnaround, according to the coach, lies with the team's leadership. [The Score]
  • Also? Andre Burakovsky. Goodness. []
  • The heat is now on the Penguins, who have had two chances to close out the Caps and failed (and been largely outplayed in the process)... [WaPo, Sporting News, PHT,]
  • ...and just don't seem to be able to withstand the Caps' up-ice pressure... [Tribune-Review]
  • ...possibly because this Pens team just might not be good enough this year. [Post-Gazette]
  • Game 6 went really, really well for the Caps... but a tougher test lies ahead. Pedal to the metal, boys. [WaPo,]
  • This will mark the first Game 7 between Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby since 2009. []
  • There are two choices now: relive history, or rewrite it. [WaPo, NoVa Caps, Post-Gazette]
  • Do you believe? [NoVa Caps]
  • Less than a week removed from yet another concussion, Crosby tumbles headfirst into the boards, gets up in a daze, and is allowed to finish the game. Hockey! [Puck Daddy, ESPN]
  • Did he get evaluated between periods or not? Perhaps he and Mike Sullivan should get on the same page. [WaPo, Post-Gazette, PHT, Puck Daddy]
  • How Evgeny Kuznetsov shook off last year's disappointment to become one of the Caps' leaders. [CSNMA, ESPN]
  • And how Kevin Shattenkirk shook off early postseason disappointment to rejuvenate his game. [CSNMA]
  • News and notes from yesterday's pregame skate. [Dump 'n Chase, Monumental video (Trotz, Sullivan, Caps' locker room, Rinkside Update/Johansson)]
  • This time it was the Penguins' turn to shuffle up the lines following a loss, bringing back the HBK line (and squashing it by the end of Game 6). [WaPo, Puck Daddy, Deadspin, Post-Gazette]
  • They also had to shuffle the blueline a bit, as Trevor Daley becomes the latest casualty. [CSNMA, Tribune-Review]
  • It may not be the ideal situation, but the Caps are sticking with the seven defensemen to get them through this series. [WaPo]
  • While every team has players who embellish on occasion, Nick Bonino's recent whiplash-inducing, penalty-drawing act in Game 4 has the focus back on the habit. [AP]
  • Perhaps the key to victory is... Fire Dan Snyder? Wonder if the football team's considered this. [WaPo]
  • How the Pens are thriving without Kris Letang. Um... [ESPN ($)]