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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: It’s 5:59am and the clock radio is about to serve up some Sonny and Cher. Again.

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Like a crazy hockey version of Groundhog Day, the Washington Capitals are going to play the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round over and over until they get it right. So... let’s get it right this year. (We said this last time. It’s become a pastime.)
  • It’s a date! Caps-Pens kicks off in Washington on Thursday at 7:00. Wear red, and don’t sell your tix to any fans of the Flightless Fowl, please and thank you.
  • Haven’t we been here before? [CBC, HB, Pensburgh, Deadspin]
  • Series previews and predictions. [WaPo , NoVa Caps, HB, NHL (and again), TribLive]
  • By the numbers. [Rink, NoVa Caps, Pensburgh, TSN]
  • How the Caps can beat the Pens, volume three. [ESPN, 12UP]
  • Three concerns for the Pens. [PP-G]
  • Three reasons it will be different for the Caps. [WaPo (Greenberg)]
  • Yay, the Crosby-Ovechkin Show has been renewed for another postseason. [THW, CJME]
  • So, Sid and Tanger, how do you guys feel about Ovi not having a Cup? [PGH Hockey]
  • The fiercest rivalry. [PP-G]
  • Matt Murray thinks Braden Holtby is aces. [TribLive]
  • “I swear to you if you even think“what if” you are just placing your poor tender oft-battered heart upon the cutting board for mean people to do terrible, awful things to it... But. Uh. What if?” Dan Steinberg thought he was out... [WaPo]
  • ... and so did this Notre Dame student and Caps fan. “Try as I might, I couldn’t resist the fact that however unlikely it may be, there’s still a tiny, oh-so-tiny chance that maybe the Capitals finally find a way to give Alexander Ovechkin a chance at his first Stanley Cup.” [The Observer]
  • Related - Is this the year? (This is the year!) [Vice]
  • A few leftovers from Game Six and the CapsJackets series:
  • How the Caps won the series. [NBCSW, CBS Sports]
  • Alex Ovechkin’s evolution. [NBCSW, WaPo (Svrluga)]
  • Holtby’s perseverance. [NoVa Caps, WaPo]
  • Former Caps goaltending coach Arturs Irbe is getting his #1 sweater retired by the Latvian Hockey Federation. [@A_Kalnins]
  • Finally, check out #12 scoring a goal for Slovakia. Bonzai!