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Saturday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Lightning Game 5 Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The action shifts back to Tampa as the series is now a best-of-three, the mood ring turns dark, Kuznetzov is a birthday boy and more.

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

Your savory breakfast links:

  • It’s not even so much [us] as it’s Roenick. He’s good. Jeremy Roenick stopped by Japers’ Rink Radio to talk playoff puck. [JRR]
  • Relive the anti-glory of Game 4 in podcast form. [JRR]
  • Previews of tonight’s best-of-three battle with the Bolts from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL, 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.
  • Hello, adversity. [NoVa Caps]
  • Oh noes, it’s the ghosts of collapses past. Boo! [WaPo, Sporting News]
  • All aboard the Doubt Train. [USA Today]
  • Doomed™. [WaPo (Boswell)]
  • Warning: Choking hazard. [NatPo]
  • There ain’t no easy way out. [SB Nation]
  • Brother if it don’t bounce back, you will go hungry. [SI (Prewitt)]
  • Why can’t we have nice things like home wins? [NBCSW]
  • Related: “Mama Luccia! Mama Luccia!” [Deadspin]
  • Pittsburgh (!) dunks on Alex Ovechkin and Washington fans. [TribLive]
  • “I have a soft spot for Brett Connolly,” says Tampa coach Jon Cooper. “He’s a gifted scorer. The one thing he’s always had is that gift … But that was kind of his go-to. And there wasn’t really a ton else to his game. Now he plays D, he’s responsible, he’s hard on pucks, got a strong stick… I’m really impressed with the way he’s developed. It took him a little bit of time to figure it all out.” [SI (Prewitt)]
  • Tom Wilson is here to talk about the game he loves at a time when the landscape of that very game shifts daily under the weight of his skates and his lean body-crunching 220-pound frame.” [The Athletic]
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov just keeps on dominating... [NBCSW]
  • ... but then so does Andrei Vasilevskiy. [theScore]
  • Andre Burakovsky, what’s the deal? [NoVa Caps]
  • Here’s a story of three hockey dads whose newest children arrived during the playoffs, and OMG John Carlson’s wife shared the absolutely gutwrenching story of the three years she and John have been trying to conceive a second child. So happy they were able to welcome new son Rudy to their family. [ESPN]
  • Finally, с днем ​​рождения to Eвгений Kузнецовva! He turns 26 today.