Wednesday Caps Clips: Not a Creature Was Stirring

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: All the holiday season has to offer, from awful sweaters to acts of kindness to the World Junior Championships and more.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • A few leftovers from Monday's loss to Anaheim:
    • In general. [WaPo]
    • Another night, another blown two-goal lead. [NBC4]
    • Be sure to check out Clyde's awesome, awesome shots from the game. [Rink]
  • The end of the calendar year means one thing: World Junior Championships, baby!
    • Team USA is looking to repeat their gold medal-winning performance of 2013 once 2014 rolls around, behind the leadership of captain (and Caps' prospect) Riley Barber... [NHL]
    • ...who is (almost) one to watch at the tournament. [THW]
  • The shootout isn't ideal, but since it doesn't seem to be going anywhere there are ways to improve it. You hear that, NHL? [WaPo]
  • Alex Ovechkin recently hit the 400-goal mark. It might sound impossible, but pick your favorite. [CSNW]
  • Sure, 400 goals are great... but you always remember your first. [NBC4]
  • That Ovechkin guy doesn't just score goals; he's also got a bit of a physical presence, as Cory Conacher found out the hard way. [SI]
  • 30 Thoughts are always a good read, but they're worth it this week just for Mike Ribeiro's comment on Ovechkin's hot start to the season. [CBC]
  • Down on the farm:
    • They may have a break in the schedule for the holidays, but sadly the demands of the job won't allow many of the Bears to go home. [Patriot-News]
    • Historic Hershey Bears: Alexandre Giroux [THW]
    • Christmas classics, Pennsylvania style: "The banners were hung in the rafters with care / in hopes another Calder soon would be there..." [SHOE]
    • Reviewing the special Joel Rechlicz bobblefist doll. [Caps Outsider]
  • Sweet story of 8-year-old William Shannon, who beat cancer and got to play goal for the Mites on Ice on Monday. [RMNB]
  • 'Tis the season to be jolly, spread lovingkindness, and to give kids free stuff. The true meaning of the holidays, to be sure. [WaPo]
  • Although it's certainly not the holidays without some hideous sweaters, or in Troy Brouwer's case, the plaid onesie of doom. [Puck Daddy]
  • Raise your hand if you're surprised that a Caps' sweater shows up on the 10 greatest jersey fouls of 2013.... nope, put 'em down. [Puck Daddy]
  • Finally, happy 62nd birthday to one-game-NHLer Brian Stapleton and Dave Kryskow, and happy 48th birthday to Dmitri Mironov.

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