Your savory breakfast links:
- The Caps finished the season in second place instead of first, where they arguably should have ended up - and here’s how it happened. [Rink]
- It’s official: The Caps and Bruins will renew acquaintances in the first round of the playoffs, with Game 1 set for Capital One Arena on Saturday. [Rink, Caps, NHL, NBCSW, NBCSBoston, NESN, SCoC]
- But first, there’s regular season business to attend to, so here are previews of tonight’s playoff tune-up against the Bruins from Vogs, Peerless, and NoVa Caps, and for one last time (until this weekend) be sure to visit our SB Nation pals over at Stanley Cup of Chowder for the view from Beantown.
- Before they can battle the B’s, the Caps have some healing up to do... [WaPo]
- ...and Coach Laviolette had an update on some of his walking wounded yesterday. [Caps video, NBCSW]
- The DC PHWA has selected Zdeno Chara as the Caps’ Masterton Trophy nominee, a worthy choice (and a million times better than, say, the Pittsburgh selection). [Caps video, NHL]
- Late in his career and cast aside by the Bruins, Chara found a good fit with the Caps. [WashTimes]
- Just in time for the playoffs, Capital One Arena’s capacity has been increased to 25% starting Friday, and will be up to full capacity next month. [Caps]
- Finally, happy 52nd birthday to Todd Nelson, and happy 26th to Brian Pinho.