Wednesday Caps Clips: Southeast Shutout; Caps @ Flyers Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recapping last night's big win over the Canes, checking in with Ovechkin, Laich and Orlov, looking ahead to tonight's game and more.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's win from us (with quotes), Monumental (Oates, Holtby, players), Vogs, NHL.com, AP, SportsXchange, WaPo (gamer, blog), Wash Times (gamer, blog), CSNW (gamer, blog, Joe B.), DCEx, CBS Sports, Sportsnet, Frankovic, Peerless, Sick Unbelievable, DSP (and again), Puckhead, RMNB (and pics and stuff) and Caps Daily, and for the view from down south, Raleigh News-Observer and our SB Nation friends over at Canes Country.
  • Previews of tonight's game in the City of Brotherly Love from Vogs, NHL.com and AP, and be sure to check out the other side of the match-up from literally the best thing about Flyers hockey, our SB Nation pals over at Broad Street Hockey.
  • The Caps' power play continues to be powerful, striking again last night to bring their second-best percentage up to a whopping 28.6% with the extra man. [Puckhead]
  • He may not have registered a shot on goal last night, but it's clear that Alex Ovechkin is adjusting to his new position on the right side - and results are starting to follow. [NHL, Dump 'n Chase, FanPost]
  • Karl Alzner on Philly fans: "I probably have more memories from the fans than the games themselves". Yeah, they're pretty memorable. Among other things. [NHL]
  • So we've gone from "what the heck is wrong with the Caps" to "are the Caps 'back'?" in a matter of days. Whiplash is fun. [NHL]
  • One of the season's more pleasant surprises has been the steady work of Tomas Kundratek, who is fitting into the Caps' lineup just fine. [Sick Unbelievable]
  • Down on the farm:
    • Cautious optimism and all, but there seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel for Dmitry Orlov, who practiced in a contact jersey yesterday for the first time. [PennLive (and again)]
    • More on the return of once-retired goalie Frederic Cassivi to professional hockey as he suits up for the Reading Royals. [PennLive]
    • Mark French chats about Casey Wellman's call-up to the big club after a good start with the Bears. [PennLive]
  • More info is starting to trickle out about the latest realignment proposal, which would now include divisions and wild card playoff spots. [NHL, ESPN (LeBrun), Globe and Mail, Sportsnet (video), Sun, CBS Sports, CSNW]
  • For many players employed overseas during the lockout, the switch back to the NHL - and NHL-size ice surfaces - hasn't always been an easy one. [Globe and Mail]
  • Brooks Laich checked in with the Sports Junkies yesterday with all kinds of goodies as usual, from his thoughts on Ovechkin and Semin's reunion to his failed marriage proposal in Spain to a potential injury breakthrough. [CBS Radio, Bog]
  • Matt Hendricks hosted some pretty special guests at the game last night. [@MattHendy26, Caps Outsider]
  • The Caps talk about which jobs at Verizon Center/Kettler they'd like to try... and considering the havoc of the last few days, Troy Brouwer's response is particularly entertaining. [Monumental Today]
  • More about John Carlson's haircut from the head coach... because it's just that exciting that Carlson cut his hair. No, really. [Bog]
  • Introducing the NHL's first Social Rewards Program, right here in DC. #WayCool [Caps]
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