Your savory breakfast links:
- The Washington Capitals, a hockey team, played actual hockey yesterday!
- Daniel Sprong, a trade deadline minor league acquisition, scored two goals in yesterday’s scrimmage and coach Todd Reirden had some great things to say about him. [NoVa Caps, Tom Gulitti]
- Willie O’Ree and the hockey community reflected on the life and legacy of U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a Civil Rights giant who passed away on Friday. O’Ree and Lewis dropped the ceremonial puck at the Capitals’ Black History in Hockey night in 2019 [NHL]
- Nick Jensen, who said he thought he was playing his best hockey of the season right before the pause, was adamant on Saturday that he never considered opting out. [NoVa Caps]
- Braden Holtby is, once again, at the center of attention as the NHL playoffs approach. However, Holtby just wants to focus on another championship run. [WaPo, Stars and Sticks, RMNB, THW]
- Michal Kempny spoke with the media after Saturday’s practice and said that he felt better than ever after spending nine weeks during quarantine skating and working out to prep for training camp. [NoVa Caps]
- A big piece of the playoff puzzle for the Caps is their power play, and it needs to be firing at all cylinders if they want to find success. [Stars and Sticks]
- The Caps’ two biggest 2019-2020 pending UFAs are living two different hockey lives right now: Nicklas Backstrom is likely a Capital for life after signing a five-year contract extension in January, and Braden Holtby is headed to the murky waters of free agency. [NBCSW]
- Finally, happy 47th birthday to former Cap Scott Walker!