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Friday Caps Clips: Whatever It Takes

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps return home (after a bit of a delay) to a city that is primed and ready for some Cup Final hockey, all about The Save, and more.

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2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Two Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • All about The Save. [Rink, WaPo (and again, with more and even more), NHL (and again), NBCSW< LVRJ, NoVa Caps]
  • The Japers’ Rink crew recaps a thrilling victory in Game 2. [Rink]
  • Catch up on the chatter from yesterday’s Narrative. [Rink]
  • Unsurprisingly, Evgeny Kuznetsov is now “day to day” with an upper-body injury and is questionable for tomorrow night’s Game 3. [WaPo, WashTimes, NHL, NBCSW, Reuters]
  • With yet another injury to someone ahead of him on the depth chart, Lars Eller continues to prove his value for the Caps this postseason. [National Post, NBCSW, WashTimes, NoVa Caps]
  • A few leftovers from Wednesday night’s win in Vegas. [Caps, NHL, Knights on Ice, AP, ESPN, Reuters]
  • The game-winning goal came off the stick of the last guy anyone expected to score - and surprised even him. [WaPo, NBC Sports]
  • Statistically speaking, the Knights have had the edge in the series... so far. [NHL]
  • But it was the Caps’ improved defense that earned them a victory over the high-flying Knights on Wednesday. [NHL]
  • Breaking down the blown coverage that led to Alex Ovechkin’s power-play goal in Game 2. [The Score]
  • Holtby’s save back on Wednesday was symbolic of this whole magical ride so far. [NoVa Caps]
  • It’s also helped that Andre Burakovsky has started to look like himself again, with five points in his last three games since being benched. [NBC Sports]
  • Capital One Arena was rockin’ on Wednesday as more than 14,000 fans gathered to watch the first Stanley Cup Final win in franchise history from 2400 miles away. [WaPo]
  • Just as the Caps bounced back on the road in Game 2, Vegas will be looking to do the same as they become the visitors for Game 3. [NHL]
  • After all, they’ve been in this 1-1 situation before - three times, in fact. [LVRJ]
  • And they haven’t lost back-to-back games in these playoffs... yet First time for everything. [AP]
  • For these two teams, it may well come down to willpower and how they handle adversity. [LVRJ]
  • Now that they’ve done their job on the road, the Caps need to replicate it where they’ve inexplicably struggled this postseason: at home. [NBC Sports, AP]
  • We’ve waited twenty years for this... and we’re more than ready to see some Cup Final hockey in the District. [WashTimes, LVRJ, NoVa Caps]
  • The District will be ready for hockey, but make sure you’re ready for the subsequent road closures around the arena for the upcoming games. [DC Curbed, the Georgetowner]
  • Washington and Baltimore don’t feel so far apart when united by a love of Caps hockey. [Baltimore Sun]
  • Former Caps’ goalie coach Dave Prior now faces off against his old organization and the goalies who still revere him - but after a heart attack six months ago, he’s lucky to be alive. [SI]
  • There are no friends when it comes to the Stanley Cup, so longtime pals Alex Chiasson and the Knights’ Jonathan Marchessault will have to put their relationship on hold until the battle is over. [NHL]
  • Former Cap Nate Schmidt knew before the rest of us that he was going to Vegas, and made sure to ease the mind of Philipp Grubauer before the pick was official. [WashTimes]
  • It’s not very often that you experience a delay after landing, but yesterday’s thurnderstorm did just that, keeping the returning Caps waiting on the plane for two hours. [NHL]
  • If for some reason you’re looking past the next few weeks to the preseason, big news - this fall the Caps will head to Quebec City for a “neutral site” throwdown with the Canadiens. [Gazette]
  • The political wagering continues, this time between the mayors of each team’s coach’s hometown. [CBC]
  • Reporter and amateur goalie AJ Perez knows exactly how it feels to stare down the Alex Ovechkin shot that has terrorized netminders this postseason. [USA Today]