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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recaps of yesterday's big win over Winnipeg, thoughts on Holtby's third shutout of the season and more.
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- Recaps and other assorted musings on yesterday's win from us, Monumental Video (Oates, Holtby, players), Capitals Voice, NHL.com, AP, SportsXchange, WaPo, CSNW, Frankovic, Peerless, DSP, RMNB, and from the view from across the border, Winnipeg Sun (and again, with a slightly snarkier take), Winnipeg Free Press, and our SB Nation pals over at Arctic Ice Hockey.
- Braden Holtby's shutout was his third of the season, his second in three games and an excellent bounceback after getting the hook in Philly. [WaPo, RMNB]
- Yesterday's game was a homecoming for Manitoba native (and former Jet) Eric Fehr, and a homecoming of sorts for former Manitoba Moose Aaron Volpatti... [Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg Sun]
- ...although the return was maybe an inauspicious one for Volpatti, who took on Anthony Peluso and lost. But hey, at least he didn't get hurt. [Winnipeg Sun, Caps Outsider, and relive it at HockeyFights]
- The fight wasn't the only bit of feistiness in this one, as there was some chippy play (and awesome facial expressions) throughout. Hey, it's as if these teams think they're division rivals or something. [RMNB]
- It's becoming clear that if the Caps want to make a run for the playoffs, their best route may be through the division. [CSNW]
- More on Matt Hendricks' promotion up to the top line, which actually ended up paying off yesterday. [WaPo]
- It was another big day across the organization, as the Caps' 3-0 win over the Jets was joined by a come-from-behind Hershey win over Norfolk and an 8-3 (!) thrashing of Orlando by the Reading Royals. [@ScottStuccio, PennLive (and again, with video), LDNews, Orlando Sentinel]
- February report cards are in for the Caps and things are looking up. See what studying can do for you, boys? [THW]
- Scott Burnside wants the whining about the officiating to stop. I want there to be world peace. Wonder which one will happen first. [ESPN]
- John Carlson, Hendricks, Joey Crabb and Jack Hillen will be hosting a skating party today at Kettler for the Tragedy Assistance Survivors Program (TAPS). Good stuff. [DSP]
- Finally, happy 29th birthday to Alexander Semin (remember him?) and happy 50th to the original spin-o-rama king, Kelly Miller.