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Thursday Caps Clips: Shake It Off

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps let Game 1 slip away, Anders Lee takes out Nicklas Backstrom with a late hit and more.

Washington Capitals v New York Islanders - Game One Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Good news, folks - Lars Eller should be back for Game 2. Dad strength: ACTIVATE! [NBCSW]
  • This series already has some sizzle and snarl to it, and it’s definitely the playoffs... but it’s still missing something. [WaPo]
  • Prior to the start of this series, there didn’t seem to be a consensus on who would win - although plenty of people are predicting it goes seven games. [WaPo]
  • What is the Caps’ optimal lineup? [NBCSW]
  • Braden Holtby is playing his best hockey of the year at just the right time. Er... or he was. [NBCSW]
  • Plenty of legendary playoff moments - some good, some really bad - have grown out of the Caps-Isles postseason history. [NBCSW]
  • Peek behind the curtain and see how that artificial crowd noise helps bring playoff games to life in the age of COVID. [ESPN]
  • Finally, Richard Panik makes sure to clean up Anders Lee’s discarded equipment: