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Sunday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Lightning Game 2 Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Backstrom is still out, Eller steps up, Kempny delivers and more.

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Your savory brunch links:

  • Previews of tonight’s tilt with the Bolts from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL, Peerless, NoVa Caps, Fox Sports, and be sure to swing by our SB Nation frenemies over at Raw Charge for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • Per Barry Trotz, Nicklas Backstrom will return to the ice... but most likely not tonight. [NHL]
  • But that’s okay, because Lars Eller has him covered. [WaPo, NatPo, WashTimes]
  • The trade that saved the Capitals’ season, a/k/a pay Michal Kempny all of the moneys. [NBCSW, NoVa Caps, NHL, NYC Caps Crew]
  • Alex Ovechkin, in his element. [Sportsnet]
  • The team has been at its best away from Capital One. Can they make it 7-1 tonight? [NoVa Caps]
  • On the other hand, Tampa has been pretty good in Games Two this postseason. [TBT]
  • Anton Stralman and Cedric Paquette both sat out Bolts practice on Saturday but are expected to suit up tonight. [NHL]
  • Tampa’s Mikhail Sergachev grew up trying to copy Alex Ovechkin’s moves - now he’s tasked with stopping them. [WaPo]
  • Brooks Orpik, who by the way is having an excellent postseason, penned a touching and funny piece for the Players’ Tribune.
  • Let’s take a fond look back at Game One:
  • Our own Adam Stringham and Kevin Klein broke it down, podcast-style. [Rink Radio]
  • Postgame notebook. [Dump-n-Chase]
  • By the numbers. [NoVa Caps, RMNB]
  • The terrible line change that turned the tide against Tampa. [The Athletic, NHL]
  • Say hey, Caps’ power play. [NHL]
  • Three takeaways. [Too Many Men on the Site]
  • Finally, happy 33rd birthday to Jaroslav Halak.
  • One more - we salute all the Moms, on their Day, but the #HockeyMoms4Humboldt hashtag is simultaneously breaking my heart and the best thing I’ve ever seen.