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Sunday Caps Clips: Storming Forward

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Welcome back, Caps.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Carolina Hurricanes at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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  • After facing them multiple times in the past, Carl Hagelin arrived in DC with respect for, and the respect of, his new teammates. [Rink]
  • Chatting DSP, the shuffling lines and D pairs, and gaining optimism from the past in yesterday’s Narrative. [Rink]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night’s win from us, Vogs, Caps video (Reirden, locker room, recap), NHL, AP, Reuters, PHT, Sporting News, WaPo, NBCSW, WashTimes, Frankovic, News & Observer (and again), Peerless, NoVa Caps (and again), RMNB, Pucker Up Sports, and Canes Country.
  • It’s never really a bad time to gush about Nicklas Backstrom, but man, he is having some sort of playoffs so far. [WaPo, NBCSW]
  • Braden Holtby moved into sole possession of the franchise playoff record with seven - and he’s more than happy to have that overshadowed by the win. [NBCSW]
  • And how about Nic Dowd scoring his first-ever playoff goal on the franchise’s first-ever successful penalty shot?
  • The news is out on T.J. Oshie’s injury, and it’s not good, as the forward suffered a broken collarbone in Thursday’s loss and is likely out the rest of the playoffs. [WaPo]
  • Oshie may not have been on the ice with his team, but he was certainly in the hearts and minds of Caps’ faithful before the game:
  • And fans made sure to show they missed him during the game. [NHL]
  • In Oshie’s absence, the second line of Jakub Vrana, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Carl Hagelin is looking to find their scoring touch. [NoVa Caps]
  • Devante Smith-Pelly’s return to the NHL was a welcome one after a tough season for him, and he was ready for a second chance. [NBCSW]
  • Things didn’t go well in Raleigh last week - to say the least - but the Caps weren’t letting the momentum shift take away their confidence. [NBCSW]
  • Looking back at the infamous Easter Epic on the 32nd anniversary of that fateful night-into-day. [NoVa Caps]
  • The Alex Ovechkin-Andrei Svechnikov throwdown is turning into a he-said, he-said situation, and either one of them is lying or there was a miscommunication somewhere. Regardless... who cares? [WaPo]
  • Hershey did their job on the road, taking Game 2 to even up their series with Bridgeport. [Caps Outsider, NoVa Caps]
  • Unfortunately the road ends here for the South Carolina Stingrays, who fell in five games to Orlando in the ECHL playoffs. [Post & Courier, Orlando Sentinel]
  • Finally, happy 49th birthday to Stewart Malgunas, happy 42nd to Miika Elomo, and happy 61st to Mark Lofthouse.