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Monday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Penguins Game 6 Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps try to close it out in Pittsburgh, Vrana spreads his wings, Bondra and Poile are Hall-of-Famers and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight’s Steeltown showdown from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL, Fox, NBCSW, NoVa Caps, and be sure to check out our SB Nation rivals over at Pensburgh for the last time this season other side of the series.
  • Injury updates:
  • Nicklas Backstrom “got some maintenance” on Sunday but traveled with the team to Pittsburgh and is expected to play tonight. [WaPo]
  • John Carlson is also set to play and the League has declined to consider any discipline to Jake Guentzel for the late high hit on Carlson from Game 5. [NoVa Caps, theScore]
  • Win, and they’re in. No, really. Win this game and the Caps advance. Like, to the third round. Somebody pinch me. [PHT, WaPo, The Star, WashTimes, NBCSW (video)]
  • Finish them. [Sportsnet, NHL, WaPo (Svrluga)]
  • Attention, DC sports fans - your team needs you. [WTOP]
  • Point - Penguins have been here before, and prospered every time. [NHL, TribLive, PP-G (and again)]
  • Counterpoint - “The Penguins have a stellar history against Washington, and are undefeated when facing elimination under Mike Sullivan. But history won’t be taking any shifts in Game 6 on Monday. The Penguins’ 9-1 record in playoff series against the Capitals can’t make any saves, and their back-to-back Stanley Cup championships won’t score any goals.” [PP-G]
  • Jakub Vrana got his promotion to the Alex Ovechkin line, and made magic happen... [ESPN]
  • ... but the game being in Pittsburgh may limit his ice time. [NBCSW]
  • Related:
  • Speaking of rookie records, Shane Gersich is only the sixth player from University of North Dakota (and the first in 31 years) to play for UND and in the NHL playoffs in the same season. Oh, and one of those six (Brad Berry) was his college coach. [GFH]
  • All hail Braden Holtby. [WashTimes (Loverro), WaPo]
  • Finally, happy 62nd birthday to Tony Cassolato and happy 39th to Lawrence Nycholat.
  • One more - congrats to Peter Bondra and former Caps GM David Poile, who were inducted into the Washington Sports Hall of Fame yesterday. [DC Sports Hall, WashTimes]