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Saturday Caps Clips: Team Chaos

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: A wild day of qualifying hockey narrows down the options for the Caps’ first-round opponent, setting up tomorrow’s big(sh) game vs. Boston and more.

Washington Capitals Vs Boston Bruins At TD Garden Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Your upset-filled breakfast links:

  • If you missed a crazy day of hockey yesterday, the Penguins got bounced by the lowest-seeded team in the qualifying round... []
  • ...and the Islanders routed the Panthers in Game 4 to move on to the playoffs... []
  • ...which means if the Caps win tomorrow, they draw the Islanders in the first round; if they lose they play the Hurricanes. [NBCSW, Charlotte Observer]
  • Looking ahead to that crucial (?) game against Boston. [Rink, Peerless, NoVa Caps]
  • The Caps and Bruins have clashed in the playoffs a few times over the years, including two of the three years the Caps got to the Conference Final. [NoVa Caps]
  • Hear from Coach Reirden and some of his players after Friday’s practice in Toronto. [Caps video (Reirden, Hagelin, Holtby, Vrana)]
  • The Caps’ top six is stacked with talent - but that doesn’t matter if that talent doesn’t contribute, and so far they haven’t. [WaPo]
  • A few leftovers from Thursday’s loss to the Flyers. [Caps, BSH, Crossing Broad]
  • Finally, happy 64th birthday to Gary Rissling, and raise a glass to the memory of Greg Polis, who would’ve been 70 today.