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Saturday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Bruins Game 1 Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps kick off their postseason run against the Bruins as a postseason like no other gets underway.

Boston Bruins v Washington Capitals Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Your savory playoff links:

  • Your friendly Japers’ Rink crew breaks down the upcoming series and makes some wild predictions in our latest roundtable. [Rink]
  • Three things we were talking about yesterday when we were talking about the Caps. [Rink]
  • Get to know Bruins’ defenseman Charlie McAvoy. [Rink]
  • Chatting with Peter Tanner, the illustrious founder of MoneyPuck. [Rink]
  • Previews of tonight’s series opener from Vogs, and get the rundown on the series as a whole from NHL, Peerless, WaPo, NBCSW, AP, Bruins, NoVa Caps, and Caps Outsider. For the opposing point of view, be sure to check in with our SB Nation pals over at Stanley Cup of Chowder, tonight and throughout the series (play nice!)
  • The Caps have gotten some stellar, efficient secondary scoring this season, and that could definitely help them against the B’s. [NBCSW]
  • Alex Ovechkin wants to walk into the Bruins’ head office like Julia Roberts returning to the fancy store in Pretty Woman. Big mistake. Big. Huge! [NBCSW]
  • That said, neither the Caps nor the Bruins is interested in making this series all about Zee. [NBCSW]
  • Peter Laviolette is a master of the motivational speech (and if you can get through the Oshie part of this article without crying, you’re stronger than I am). [WaPo]
  • Another plus for him: like most thinking people, Laviolette is not a fan of - nor is he willing to even invoke - the “Perfection Line” moniker.
  • Everything you need to know about this year’s playoffs, but were afraid to ask. Or just didn’t feel like asking. [WaPo, NBCSW, NoVa Caps]
  • Checking in with the coach and a few of the guys after yesterday’s practice. [Caps video (Laviolette, Dillon, Dowd)]
  • Ovechkin is focused solely on winning a Stanley Cup right now, and will focus on signing a new deal after that quest is complete. [NHL]
  • This year’s postseason will be like no other, and with teams facing each other so much during the regular season, there are no surprises. [AP]
  • Looking back at the three best games of the 2021 season for the Caps. [S&S]
  • The Caps’ defense always seems to be somewhat maligned, but they may have been better than you thought. [S&S]
  • For some Caps fans, it’s not always easy to root for Tom Wilson (although in this case “some” is basically... two). [WaPo]
  • They’re not going to like it, but Rangers fans actually have a very good reason to root for those hated Caps. Mwaha. [THW]
  • And of course the biggest news of the day: you can now get hockey-panda merchandise from the Zoo to support both the Caps and the pandas. Best. Thing. Ever. [National Zoo]
  • Let’s do this.