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Wednesday Caps Clips: Bring on the Bolts

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: We bask today, for soon it will be back to battle by the Bay.

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

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Go ahead, bask. [Rink]
  • This time, it was different. [ESPN, USA Today, Sporting News, iSportsWeb, The Athletic, WTOP]
  • It was definitely not all the other times. [AP]
  • Heck, it shouldn’t even have been this team, right? [Sportsnet, Caps Outsider]
  • “They’re only halfway there. But, to put it a very different way: They’re halfway there.” [Deadspin]
  • It was Alex Ovechkin’s night. [BackupQB, NYT, Championat, TVA Sport, NatPo, FTW,
  • Speaking of Ovi, the he’s-not-good-in-the-playoffs narrative is not only wrong, it’s stupid. [Vice]
  • It was Barry Trotz’s night. [NHL, NBCSW]
  • It was a night for every fan of DC sports, the fans who have suffered through every bad bounce, every uncalled penalty, every inexplicable meltdown; a night when the bounces were lucky and the karma favorable. Begone, foul spirits! [WaPo (Boswell), WaPo (Steinberg), SB Nation, Caps Outsider]
  • It was a night for the team to celebrate and take joy in their accomplishment. [RMNB, and again, and again, and again]
  • This Braden Holtby - Nathan Walker hugathon was everything.
  • As was John Walton’s radio call of the gamewinner. [FTW]
  • So, Tampa:
  • Our SB Nation frenemies by the Bay size up their next opponent. [Raw Charge]
  • “More than just Kucherov.” Five things to know about the ‘Ning. [WashTimes]
  • Chris Kunitz (yes, him) has some thoughts on the conference final. [NHL (video)]
  • Three thoughts. [TBT]
  • “What the Lightning’s success says about the New York Rangers.” Sigh. [TBT]
  • A daunting foe. [WaPo]
  • Finally, happy 52nd birthday to Mark Tinordi.