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Saturday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Blue Jackets Game 5 Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The best-of-seven is now a best-of three.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of Game 5 from Vogs (plus game notes), Fox Sports, NoVa Caps and NHL and be sure to check out our SB Nation frenemies over at The Cannon for the other side of the series.
  • The puck drops at 3:00 pm, and abandon hope all ye who ride Metro.
  • Five keys to Game Five. [NHL]
  • Figure it out, Alexander. That’s an order from your commander. [NHL, NBCSW]
  • T.J. Oshie is good at the details. [WashTimes]
  • Ca$h me outside, John Carlson. [The Athleti¢, WaPo]
  • Andre Burakovsky needs unspecified “minor surgery” on his unspecified upper body injury, and will not return to play in the first round. [WaPo, NHL]
  • “The Capitals, like the Blue Jackets, are at an important crossroads. These final games of the series will help one team exorcise some demons.” [THW]
  • #CapsJackets by the numbers. [NoVa Caps]
  • Caps prospect Garrett Pilon is quite the showman. He had the first and third goals last night including this beauty in a 3-2 series-opening victory over the previously undefeated Tri-City Americans. The winners will claim the WHL Western Conference title and advance to the final for a chance at a berth in the Memorial Cup. The Silvertips’ outstanding young goalie Carter Hart wears #70 in honor of Braden Holtby... and was drafted by Philadelphia.