Thursday Caps Clips: Wilson Waiting By The Phone

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Tom Wilson waits for his phoner, Ovechkin's puck pile grows, and five Caps prospects make their way to Malmo.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • The clock is ticking and it is T-minus a few hours as Tom Wilson awaits his phone hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety. [NHL.com, WaPo, CSNW]
    • Brayden Schenn reports that he is "fine" (though questionable for Flytown's tilt with Columbus), and says Wilson reached out to him by text. [CSNPThe Mercury]
    • Wilson has the support of his coach and general manager... [PHT, Philly.com (with Seravalli irony advisory), Yahoo! sports]
    • Ah, but the hockey punditocracy is having none of that:
      • "This was a 100 per cent illegal hit." [TSN]
      • "Mutant strain"  [canada.com]
      • "[A] seek-and-destroy demolition." [Sportsnet]
      • Looking at hits through the other end of the telescope. [Vancouver Sun]
  • With his 399th career goal on Tuesday, Alex Ovechkin climbed another rung on the ladder of the NHL's goal-scoring greats. [CP]
  • Attention opposing teams - when the game clock clicks through to minutes 31-40, be afraid.  Be very afraid. [@jedli]
  • And hey, Ovi doesn't score all those goals unassisted - so give up some love for his sublime setup man, Nicklas Backstrom. [CSNW]
  • Here's how to gear up like the Gr8. [Great Skate]
  • "He brought the opportunity on himself."  Dmitry Orlov has earned Calle Johansson's trust and is getting more ice time and more responsibility. [WaPo]
  • All hail Eric Fehr, shootout wizard. [Caps Outsider]
  • Hershey clawed its way to two games above .500 with a shootout victory at the Giant Center, and GMGM was there to see it.  Hmm. [SHoE, @mlock7]
  • Riley Barber, Thomas DiPauli, and Connor Carrick all got ticketed to Sweden at the conclusion of Team USA camp in Minneapolis, though there will be a couple of cuts before the full squad is officially rostered.  DiPauli paid tribute to the hockey gods in the final camp scrimmage:
  • The OHL put together a nice feature on Andre Burakovsky and Oskar Dansk who will be playing for Tre Kronor on home soil... [OHL (video)]
  • ... and Burra's parents will be billeting a few Canadian kids who are traveling with their Bantam squad. [Bench Talk, Elmvale Coyotes]
  • Happy Andreas Salomonsson hits the big 4-0 and happy 43rd to Robert Lang.

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