Your savory breakfast links:
- A bit more coverage from Sunday's game:
- A closer look at NBC's coverage of the game. [D.C. Sports Bog]
- Steinz on Mr. Nasty vs. The Kid, Jordan Staal, The Phantom Slash, and more. [D.C. Sports Bog]
- "Reckless and disgraceful." Don Cherry describing Alex Ovechkin's style of play? Nope (at least not that I'm aware of); a Pittsburgh writer on the League's decision to play Sunday's game. [Chipped Ice]
- The ratings for the game tied a non-Winter Classic season-high for NBC... which has to be a little disappointing, no? [Puck the Media]
- George McPhee took Metro to the game (which is not to be confused with "George McPhee signed/claimed Metro). [D.C. Sports Bog]
- If you like stories about not disappointing those who are most important, this one's for you. [CSN Washington]
- The game within the game on Sunday: Russia 3, Canada 2. [SovSport via @dchesnokov]
- More on the blogger/Milbury incident. [Puck Daddy, FanPost]
- Tarik El-Bashir held a live chat yesterday which was chock full of "unreal pessimism." [WaPo]
Crosby or Ovechkin? Two CBC writers are asked the question, one answers it while the other talks about team accomplishments and frivolities. [CBC]
- Can the Caps' style of play win a Cup? [THN]
- To answer that last question: of course it can. Related: the Caps are compared (yet again) to the "pre-Cup" Oilers. [TSN]]
- The Caps are getting their social networking on. [WaPo]
- Fresh power rankings are out, with the Caps holding the top spot again at The Hockey News, Sporting News and CBS Sports, and up one to first at ESPN and CBC.
- They're still missing Mike Knuble in Beantown. [Boston Herald]
- Step 1: Learn how to properly pronounce Russian names. Step 2: Be "That Guy," correcting everyone you meet. [RMNB]
- Per the HHoF, on this date back in 1975, the Caps "fired head coach Jimmy Anderson, five months into the team's first season." Thirteen years later, the team acquired Grant Ledyard from the Kings for the one and only Craig Laughlin, and four years after that, "John Druce scored his first NHL hat trick, and Michal Pivonka picked up four assists to lead the Capitals to a 6-2 win over the visiting San Jose Sharks."
- Finally, happy 50th birthday to Harvard boy Neil Sheehy who, in 72 regular season and playoff games in 1989-90, had a plus-12 rating and 383 penalty minutes... and a role in each of these two gems.