Wednesday Caps Clips: Strong From Start to Finish

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recaps of last night's win over the Leafs, the amicable split of Carlzner, Laichwatch 2013 and more.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's raking of the Leafs from us (with quotes), Vogs, Monumental video (Oates, Ovi, players), NHL.com, PHT, CBS Sports, AP, SportsXchange, WaPo, WashTimes (gamer, blog), CSNW (gamer, blog, blog, Joe B.), DCEx, Frankovic, Peerless, DSP, RMNB, RtR and Caps Outsider, and for the view from up north, the Leafs, the Toronto Sun and our SB Nation pals over at Pension Plan Puppets.
    • It was a great team win, but #8 also played a huge role in getting win #8. Same old, same old... and yet it never really gets old, does it? [RMNB]
    • Welcome to Washington - and the scoresheet - Mr. Erat! Quick, everyone pass judgment on the trade that brought him here. [Caps Basketball]
  • Adam Oates thinks Alex Ovechkin should win the Hart Trophy this year. Of course, he might be just a wee bit biased. [Puck Daddy, WaPo, WashTimes, RMNB]
  • After spending most of their early careers paired up on the blueline together, John Carlson and Karl Alzner have adjusted to life without one another. On the ice, at least. #Carlzner4ever [NHL.com (Raby), WaPo]
  • Meanwhile, no surgery (yet) but the Caps as a whole might have to adjust to life without Brooks Laich for at least a little bit longer. [WaPo, WashTimes, CSNW]
  • Coach and players alike, particularly those with Massachusetts roots, reflect on the tragic events in Boston yesterday. [CSNW, WashTimes (and again), NBCW]
  • Jack Hillen's recent hot streak (which included another goal last night) is just another sign that things are clicking for this Caps team. [WashTimes (Harris)]
  • Things are clicking for Troy Brouwer, too... and he also picked up a goal last night. Reporter magic!! [WaPo]
  • If the Caps should somehow finish the season in a tie with the Jets, a weird tiebreaker rule might come into play, and it's probably not one you've heard of. [Inside Hockey]
  • Yesterday in OvechkinLand:
    • Hey look! Ovechkin gets stuck in traffic, too, proving that he is just like the rest of us... except really, really, really good at hockey. [Bog]
    • And that's not limited to ice hockey. He's also really, really, really good at street hockey, too... [Bog]
    • ...and he really, really, really likes to know where his fiancee is sitting. Ovi SMASH. [Puck Daddy]
  • The Canadian Embassy's annual Hockey Day celebration featured dignitaries from the political and hockey (as well as hockey blog) worlds - the perfect lead-in to a Toronto trouncing by the hometown team. [PuckBuddys]
  • Silly penguin. Chewing on towels can cause one to choke... in the playoffs. [Bog]
  • Finally, happy 73rd birthday to the late Tommy Williams and happy 48th to Kent Paynter.
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