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Your savory brunch links:

  • Welcome, Ilya Samsonov. The Caps’ 2015 first-round pick has signed his three-year ELC on Friday, and is ticketed to Hershey to begin his North American pro career. [NHL, RMNB, NoVa Caps]
  • Previews of tonight’s tilt from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL, Fox, NoVa Caps, and be sure to check out our SB Nation rivals over at Pensburgh for the other side of the series.
  • Okay, so the top line could maybe use some tweaks. [NBCSW, (and again), WaPo, Caps Outsider, TribLive]
  • The Game 4 loss only guarantees that there will be a Game 6 – everything else is up for grabs. [WaPo]
  • Your move, Coach Trotz. [Fox Sports]
  • De-fense. [NHL]
  • Andre Burakovsky got some ice time yesterday, but is still week-to-week and not going to play any time soon. [WaPo]
  • Finally, congrats to Caps prospect forward Garrett Pilon, who was named WHL Player of the Month for April. Plus he and his Everett Silvertips squad just won Game One of the WHL finals, 2-1 over the Swift Current Broncos.

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