Monday Caps Clips: Middlin' Midpoint

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Still trying to rinse away the sour taste of that loss to Minny, a few more whacks at 2013, Team Sweden takes the silver, and Connor Carrick's terrible horrible no good very bad trip home from Malmo.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Catch up on all of the Clips you might have missed over the weekend right here.
  • Your Capitals Minute for today. [Capitals Voice]
  • The Week That Was, Volume 14 [Peerless, RMNB, GM on a Couch]
  • Searching for balance with the reconfigured top-two forward lines. [WaPo]
  • Dmitry Orlov is playing like he plans to stick around for awhile. [CSNW]
  • Peerless and the cousins went on quite the bender to usher out 2013... [Rink (One, Two, Three, Four)]
  • ... and whipped up a few resolutions with which to greet 2014. [Rink]
    • Some leftovers from Saturday's loss:
    • In international ice hockey news:
      • Christian Djoos unleashed the fury with the game-tying goal to force overtime in the gold medal match... [RMNB]
      • ... but Småkronorna ultimately fell to the Finns, who were crowned the 2014 World Junior Champions.
      • Sad Andre Burakovsky is sad. [RMNB, and again (pics)]
      • Thomas DiPauli returned from his Team USA duties and suited up (along with fellow Caps prospect Austin Wuthrich) for his first game back - an open-air game against Boston College at Frozen Fenway. [RMNB]
      • Alex Ovechkin sat down with Jill Sorensen to talk about Team Russia and the upcoming Olympics...  [CSNW (video)]
      • ... while Russian president Vladimir Putin played a little shinny in Sochi, on a team that also featured Pavel Bure, Slava Fetisov, Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu, and Belorussian president Alexander Lukashenko.  Team Strong Horse prevailed 12-3. [The Province, Moscow Times]
    • Down on the farm:
      • Connor Carrick ran into some weather and travel delays on his return from Malmo... [SHoE]
      • ... and finally reported for duty in Hershey.  Unfortunately, his gear did not. So he was watching from the press box as the Bears defeated a strong Manchester Monarchs team. [Patriot-News, SHoE]
      • The 2013 Hershey Bears year in pictures. [SHoE]
    • Misty water color memories - the deal to end the latest Lockout To End All Lockouts was ratified one year ago today. (And while I was looking this up, I came across this link. Hmm.)
    • Finally, happy 38th birthday to Richard Zednik and happy 59th to Alex Forsythe.

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