Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recaps of last night's drubbing, realignment chatter, the ongoing visor debate and more.
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- Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's lopsided victory from us (with quotes, and look for Clyde's Shots later this morning), Monumental video (Oates, players), Vogs, Capitals Voice, NHL.com, AP, SportsXchange, WaPo, Wash Times (gamer, blog), CSNW (gamer, blog), DCEx, Frankovic, Peerless, Sick Unbelievable, DSP, RtR and RMNB (and again), and with the view from down south, Miami Herald, On Frozen Pond, Sun-Sentinel and our SB Nation buddies over at Litterbox Cats.
- The key to this win wasn't just scoring often - it was doing so early, as the Caps jumped on the Panthers with two goals on two shots and never looked back. [SBN, Wash Times, CSNW (Joe B), RMNB]
- But yeah, the scoring often part was helpful, too. Relive all seven here. [CSNW]
- It may have been the least important one, but Mathieu Perreault's goal to make it seven was easily the prettiest. [Sick Unbelievable, Caps Basketball]
- Despite appearing in just his second NHL game, Steven Oleksy continued to stand out with a couple more assists and some excellent physical play. [CSNW, RMNB]
- Mr. Strachan, we have Brendan Shanahan holding on line one...Brendan Shanahan on one. [SBN, WaPo, Wash Times, CSNW, PHT, KK]
- The Caps have won seven of their last ten and three straight, in large part because of some key role players... well, playing their roles. [Homer McFanboy]
- Of course, after eleven mediocre-to-awful games and eleven mediocre-to-great games, the question remains: which Caps team is the real one? [OFB]
- Wojtek Wolski has gone from healthy scratch to goal-scorer literally overnight, picking up a goal in each of his last two games (including a pretty big one on Tuesday). [RMNB]
- With Michal Neuvirth ailing, the Caps recalled Philipp Grubauer from Hershey... and no, we didn't just copy and paste that from last week. [Caps, WaPo, Caps Outsider]
- Unlike last week, however, Grubauer was able to enjoy the game from the comforts of the bench as Braden Holtby started (and finished) his 11th consecutive game. [Dump 'n Chase, RantSports]
- The Caps may be fighting against themselves to climb the standings, but fighting their division rivals won't hurt, either. [WaPo]
- A mobile summer finds some familiar faces in new places, in case you've forgotten, and Mike Ribeiro was one of them... [Grantland]
- ...unfortunately he's also on a list of potential rental players when the trade deadline rolls around. [ESPN ($)]
- One person who would be sad to see him go is Alex Ovechkin. Because who else would grab a puck for your 699th point? [CSNW]
- A pretty scary injury to Marc Staal the other night has everyone around the NHL talking visors, and the Caps are no exception. [WaPo, CSNW, Wash Times]
- Down on the farm:
- The Hershey Bears are finding that, unlike some of their fellow AHL compatriots, they've actually improved since the lockout ended. [PennLive]
- After being on the shelf for the past three months, Dmitry Orlov is headed to Norfolk with the Bears and could see some game action. Cautious optimism... cautious... optimism........ [PennLive]
- It's (almost) official: the NHLPA has signed off on realignment, leaving just the Board of Governors to ratify. Atlantic Division, here we come. [Puck Daddy, WaPo, Wash Times, CSNW]
- Finally, happy 45th birthday to Rob Zettler, happy 50th to Mike Lalor, happy 42nd to Rob Pearson, happy 37th to Chris Clark, and happy 52nd (with a few "whoop whoop"s thrown in) to Larry Murphy.