Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: How Adam Oates' trust in Ovechkin is paying off, how Eric Fehr is making the most of his PK time, how Braden Holtby got his groove back and more.
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- Get caught up on any Clips you might have missed over the weekend right here.
- Checking in with the Caps on a rare off-day for the team. [Dump 'n Chase]
- The rest of the world may enjoy kicking Alex Ovechkin while he's down, but the most important thing is that he's had the trust and faith of Coach Oates all along - and it's starting to pay off. [WaPo (and again), CSNW]
- Ovechkin's hat trick on Saturday wasn't just a breakout game; it was another step (and an important one) in his continued transition to right wing. [Wash Times]
- Don't look now, but that horrific penalty kill from early in the season is slowly starting to turn around. [WaPo]
- Speaking of the penalty kill, new addition Eric Fehr is getting more time shorthanded and is making the most of it. [WashTimes]
- And speaking of Fehr, you can catch him on SiriusXM Hockey This Morning today at 8:45 a.m. [@CapitalsPR]
- A look back at the week that was. [Peerless]
- The Caps aren't just seeing a turnaround from Alex Ovechkin; the resurgence of Braden Holtby is another reason why the Caps are playing better of late. [Sick Unbelievable]
- Thanks in large part to grassroots programs and community outreach by the NHL (to say nothing of recent success in "non-traditional" hockey markets), American NHLers are on the rise. U-S-A!! [Caps Outsider]
- In Blast from the Past news, the Reading Royals have signed former Hershey Bears goalie Frederic Cassivi to fill in as Brandon Anderson is summoned to Hershey for an injured Dany Sabourin. Welcome back, Freddy. [PennLive, The Hockey House, @mashmore98]
- Ovechkin's got a new Gillette ad (in Russian, natch), and it gives new meaning to "Hockey 'N Heels". Ladies, don't try this at home. [Alex Ovetjkin, RMNB]
- Ex-Caps versus the current crew - who've you got? [Peerless]
- Finally, happy 47th birthday to Byron Dafoe, happy 62nd to Andre Peloffy, and happy 27th to Jeff Schultz.