Thursday Caps Clips

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 13: Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals celebrtaes the third period game winning goal by Alex Ovechkin #8 against the New York Islanders at the Verizon Center on October 13 2010 in Washington DC. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Your savory breakfast links:

● The day in year-end reviews:

Nicklas Backstrom... [RMNB]

○ ... Roman Hamrlik... [RtR]

○ ... Keith Aucoin... [Peerless]

○ ... and the defensemen. [WaPo]

● "While I'm unemployed." Sasha Syomin apologizes for sleeping through his originally scheduled hometown press conference, then discusses his future plans. [Sport-Express, via GoogleTrans]

● Oooh, shiney - here's a roundup of the best (or at least most interesting) goal from each of the Caps' forwards through the course of the 2011-2012 season. [Caps 101]

● Is it any surprise that Brooks Laich is apparently a Zimmerfan? [OFB]

● The news of the day was all from Pennsylvania:

○ The Caps and the Hershey Bears announced their affiliation extension through the end of the 2012-2013 season with an option for 2013-2014 ... [Patriot-News, SHoE, Caps Outsider]

○ ... and the Bears have re-upped with head coach Mark French and assistant coach Troy Mann.

● The case for Peter Bondra and the Hockey Hall of Fame. [THW]

Stanislav Galiev scored his first goal of the 2012 Memorial Cup tournament and the Saint John Sea Dogs advance to the semifinal game. They will play the winner of the Cataractes-Oil Kings tiebreaker. [Station Nation]

● Finally, happy 21st birthday to Cody Eakin.

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