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Sunday Caps Clips: Super Sendoff

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Thousands of fans went to Kettler to wish the boys good luck,storylines abound, Ovi in his element and more.

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  • Before the team left for the airport, T.J. Oshie, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Orpik, Tom Wilson, Braden Holtby, and John Carlson had some thoughts... [@Capitals]
  • ... and later they landed safely in Sin City, which has declared itself to be a #nocaps zone and OMG you guys they are taking it super srsly. [NBCSW, @CityofLasVegas (scroll their Twitter feed), KTNV, Fox5Vegas]
  • Storylines:
  • So. Many. Storylines. Plus this fantastic quote from Doc Emrick - “People don’t buy tickets to watch general managers, but George McPhee really crafted both of these teams.” [LVRJ]
  • Storylines? Bruce Boudreau haz ‘em. He’s got rooting interests in both teams, y’know. [The Athletic $]
  • Perseverance meets precociousness. [WaPo]
  • Adversity has fueled this run to the Final. [NoVa Caps, THW]
  • Unlikely rivals with oh-so-unique connections. [USA Today]
  • Homer Pittsburgh columnist writes homer Pittsburgh column. [TribLive]
  • What did we learn about the Caps ahead of the fourth round? [SI]
  • How each team could raise the Cup. [ESPN $]
  • Not behind the paywall - ESPN’s preview and picks. [ESPN]
  • David Perron ’s 30th birthday is Game One. Let’s spoil it for him, yes? [Rink]
  • Brooks Orpik finally gets to dust off his winning-the-Stanley-Cup credentials and help guide his new team over the rough patches. [WaPo, TribLive]
  • Chandler Stephenson’s hometown is keeping an eye on their Finals-bound native son. [Saskatoon Star-Phoenix]
  • Steve Richmond is the Caps’ Director of Player Development. At long last he may reap the ultimate reward for his work. [Daily Herald]
  • Let’s look at special teams. [NoVa Caps]
  • All eyes on Alex Ovechkin:
  • He knows his way around a quote. [Sporting News]
  • Does this matter to his legacy? [ESPN Around the Horn]
  • Similarly, where would he rank among hockey’s greats if? [Yahoo]
  • He is still Numero Uno among players participating in this year’s Stanley Cup Final. Ahem. [theScore]
  • Begone, foul spirits! Ovi has slain his hockey demons. [TSN]
  • Happy 54th birthday to Chris Felix.
  • Finally, this: