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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: A strong start to Game 1 has the Caps off to a strong start in the series, injury updates on the Swedes, and more.

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NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • The Rink crew chats about what lies ahead in this series. [Rink]
  • How the Caps have managed Brooks Orpik so far this postseason. [Rink]
  • Making the case to fans of 27 other teams for why they should root for the Caps. [Rink]
  • Get to know a couple of Bolts. [Rink (Vasilevskiy, Sergachev)]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night’s win from us, Vogs, Caps video (Caps365, Trotz, Holtby, locker room), NHL (and again), AP, CP, TSN, WaPo, NBCSW (and again), WashTimes, NBC4, Peerless, NoVa Caps, RMNB, TBO, and Raw Charge.
  • A handful of seconds, a penalty, and a power-play goal at the end of the first changed the course of this game. [NHL, WaPo]
  • The Bolts have been in this position before - but this time perhaps there’s a little more reason for concern. [TBO]
  • As has become par for the course this postseason, the Caps’ captain was dominant once again. [NHL]
  • He’s also closer than ever to the one thing he’s still missing: the Stanley Cup. [Globe and Mail]
  • For Tampa’s Nikita Kucherov, playing against his countryman in the playoffs is a dream come true. [AP]
  • It’s exciting for the Caps to be here; they also know it’s only halfway to their ultimate goal. [Caps, TSN]
  • Perhaps Barry Trotz is the man to lead the Caps to a Stanley Cup after all. [NoVa Caps]
  • Some last-minute series previews ahead of Game 1. [NBCSW (and again), Vice (DGB), SI, PHT, AP, THW, ESPN ($)]
  • The Caps, like the remaining teams in the playoffs, have been relying on some wide-eyed youngsters. [AP]
  • For the first time in NHL history, the four final teams have combined for no more than one Cup - and there will be a new champion in the salary cap era. [AP]
  • There’s also a distinctly Southeast flavor to these Conference Finals. [Rink, SI]
  • After a ten-game absence, Andre Burakovsky was back in action for the Caps; Nicklas Backstrom, still on the shelf. [NBCSW, The Score]
  • If it’s the third round of the playoffs, it must be time to start handicapping the Conn Smythe race (or so we’ve heard). [NHL, Sportsnet, Yahoo! Canada]
  • Find out the thrilling - or not-so-thrilling - backstory of each of the DC’s sports teams. [WUSA9]
  • Finally, happy 59th birthday to Dave Christian, and happy 27th to Jakub Jerabek.