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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps hit the ice for the first time as Eastern Conference finalists, previews of the series ahead, injury updates on a couple of Swedes and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • It’s hard to believe that a month ago, Braden Holtby was riding the pine as the team’s backup. [Rink]
  • One final look back at the second round with the Japers’ Rink Radio crew. [Rink]
  • Getting to know Lightning forward Brayden Point. [Rink]
  • A glimpse at the season series between the Caps and Bolts. [Rink, NoVa Caps]
  • As big a moment as Monday night was, the Caps need to put it behind them quickly and focus on the task ahead. [NHL]
  • It only gets tougher from here. [WaPo, WashTimes]
  • Previews of the upcoming Eastern Conference Finals against the Lightning. [NHL, NBCSW (and again, with more), NoVa Caps (and again), DC Puck Drop, Raw Charge]
  • Predictions. [NHL]
  • The Bolts are a tough team, but they’re not unbeatable - especially when down a man. [WaPo]
  • The Caps are holding a watch party outside in Rosslyn for Game 1 (weather permitting, of course). [Caps]
  • Hear from the coach and some of the fellas after the first pre-ECF practice was in the books. [Caps video (Trotz, locker room, Ovechkin, Holtby, Caps 365)]
  • If you’re headed to Tampa for any of the games, keep an eye out - there are a few places in the arena where Caps gear will not be allowed. [WaPo]
  • Relatively good news on the injury front, with both Andre Burakovsky and Nicklas Backstrom now considered day to day and Burakovsky skating with the team. [WaPo, NBCSW, NHL]
  • If the Caps are going to keep this thing rolling, though, they’re going to need a healthy #19. [NHL]
  • The drought is over. [WaPo, Puck Daddy, CBS Local]
  • He may be in Vegas with his new team now, but George McPhee still keeps tabs on his old squad and was happy to see them advance at last. [Sportsnet]
  • How we got here. [FiCP]
  • Breakout stars, playoff flops and potential Cup Final matchups. [ESPN]
  • Alex Ovechkin needs a Stanley Cup (as do a couple of other people still in the hunt). [USA Today]
  • Years ago, a Caps puck was buried beneath the soon-to-be-built PPG Paints Arena for good luck... apparently it’s one of those time-release pucks. [WaPo]
  • As much as it wasn’t about Sid vs. Ovi, it was crucial that Alex Ovechkin finally get past Sidney Crosby. [Yahoo! Canada]
  • Where does Evgeny Kuznetsov’s series-clincher fall on a list of great franchise moments? [WTOP]
  • The origin story behind the now-famous call from John Walton is pretty awesome. Rest up, John. [WaPo]
  • His three-game punishment over, Tom Wilson had much to say about his suspension. [Caps video, WaPo, WashTimes]
  • The Caps signed a couple of entry-level deals yesterday, inking forwards Maximilian Kammerer and Mathias Bau [Caps (and again)]
  • Projecting what some UFAs-to-be might pocket this summer. [The Score]
  • Checking in with one of Nathan Walker’s most devoted fans. [NoVa Caps]