Thursday Caps Clips

SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 07: Joel Ward #42 of the Washington Capitals stretches prior to his game against the San Jose Sharks at the HP Pavilion at San Jose on January 7, 2012 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Your savory breakfast links:

Joel Ward on recovery from hernia surgery and the subsequent difficulties on, uh, the one-man power play. And somehow the FBI figures in. [Dean Blundell Show (possibly NSFW audio, at about the 45:45 mark), DC Sports Bog, Puck Daddy, PHT]

● In other news, Wardo had sports hernia surgery. [WaPo]

● Looking at the McPhee Legacy, 15 years on. [CSNW]

● Oh, Alex. It really is all about Alex Ovechkin, at least until you get Mike Green in the mix. [Dobber Hockey]

● Have It Your Way™ in planning your Caps 2012-2013 season tickets. My Way™ would include having the season start on time. [Ted's Take]

● Caps Kiddies update:

○ Team USA beat Finland 5-2. Thomas DiPauli and Garrett Haar played (and completed the match pointless), Travis Boyd watched from the sidelines, and Connor Carrick was cut. The Americans will take on Filip Forsberg and Team Sweden today at 4pm Eastern. [USA Hockey]

○ The 40th anniversary of the Summit Series between Russia and Canada is being commemorated with the U20 Canada-Russia Challenge, with two games played in Yaroslavl and two in Halifax, NS. The first game is today at 11 EDT. Caps prospie Tom Wilson is on the roster. []

○ Wilson was "taking it all in" as he toured Red Square with his fellow Team Canada hopefuls. [Hockey Canada (video)]

○ Team Canada and Team Russia accompanied Brad McCrimmon's father as their guest of honor to a remembrance ceremony at the Yaroslavl 2000 Arena. [YouTube]

● Today in CBA. [THN]

Ron Weber's call for the Capital from March 26, 1981. [Capitals Voice]

● Every year around this time we are reminded that John Kordic and his seven memorable games in a Caps sweater are no longer with us. Rest well. [Caps Outsider]

● Happy 50th birthday to Jim Johnson and happy 60th to Harvey Bennett.

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