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Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Penguins Game 4 Game Day

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NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • We’ll start here - The hit that Tom Wilson laid on Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese was reviewed by the NHL Department of Player Safety and deemed to be an illegal check to the head. Wilson has been assessed a three-game suspension, effective immediately. [Rink]
  • Previews of tonight’s Steeltown throwdown from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL, Fox, NoVa Caps, and be sure to check out our SB Nation rivals over at Pensburgh for the other side of the series.
  • Who will replace the Caps’ top-line right wing? [theScore, NHL]
  • Stock up on ice bags; with or without Wilson, this series is about to get flat-out physical. [NoVa Caps, ]
  • Does this blood feud also now include spit? Yuck. [Deadspin]
  • Focus, lads. Ahem. [Fox Sports]
  • The Pens are down 2-1 in this series, which is strange... [WaPo, Pens Labyrinth, NHL]
  • ... so strange, the Steeltown scribes are getting a li’l bit twitchy. [PP-G (and again and again), TribLive]
  • Related:
  • Here comes Alex Ovechkin, putting his team on his broad sturdy back. Again. [PHT]
  • The Caps vets have reached down deep and found some clutchosity. [WaPo (Raby)]
  • Put your glove hand in the air like you don’t care, Matt Murray. [NBCSW, TribLive]
  • Peerless hits you up with some fun Caps facts and figures with which you can either impress your friends and family, or cause them to edge away ever-so-slightly. [Peerless]
  • Caps-Pens is compelling hockey - and all the rest that comes with it. [WaPo (Svrluga)]
  • And now for more Tomfoolery:
  • The only way to stop Tom Wilson is to ban all head contact. [THN, Yahoo]
  • Tom Wilson suspension timeline - a history of blurred lines... [Sporting News]
  • ... and a compendium of his most controversial hits. [WaPo]
  • Wilson is a dirty dirty player... until he’s on your team. [WashTimes]
  • The Pens simply have no answer for Tom Wilson. Conveniently they won’t have to find one for three games. [THN]
  • The Capitals have two new prospects with shiny new contracts:
  • Swedish forward Axel Jonsson-Fjallby. [NHL, RMNB, NoVa Caps, and you can go on a suit shopping trip with him (scroll down for video)]
  • Finnish (!) forward Juuso Ikonen, who is a Brynas alum like Nicklas Backstrom and Christian Djoos. [NHL, RMNB, NoVa Caps]
  • Finally, happy 64th birthday to Robbie Moore, happy 42nd to Jeff Halpern, and Rod Langway turns 61 today. Happy birthday, Mr. Secretary!