Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps face the media for the first time since getting ousted by the Bruins, injuries come to light, Ovechkin and Oshie want to stay and more.
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- Time once again for the final player interviews of the year… and once again, far too soon. [Caps video (Ovechkin, Oshie, Carlson, Eller, Chara, Dillon)]
- There were a bunch of banged-up bodies in that locker room heading into, and throughout, their first-round series with the Bruins. [WaPo]
- This should not be a surprise to anyone, and yet somehow it likely is: Alex Ovechkin doesn’t have any plans to leave DC. [NHL, WaPo, ESPN]
- T.J. Oshie, as well, would like to stick around with the Caps and isn’t drawn by the lure of returning to his roots in Seattle. [NHL]
- Meanwhile Zdeno Chara is still uncertain what his future holds. [NHL, NBCSW, NESN]
- The Caps’ first-round ousting – and lackluster performance at the tail-end of the series – is becoming all too familiar again. [THW]
- Add Nicklas Backstrom and Carl Hagelin to the list of Caps not planning on joining their country’s World Championship team. [NoVa Caps]
- Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Time to bury the 2020-21 Capitals. [THW]
- Congrats to Connor McMichael, who finished the season as the Bears’ leading scorer and was named to the 2020-21 AHL All-Rookie Team. [HBH]
- Finally, happy 62nd birthday to Pat Riggin, and happy 45th to Matt Herr.