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Tuesday Caps Clips: 'A Collapse By 20 Guys'

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's loss from Corey (blog, article), Tarik (blog, article), Vogs, Joe B., Ed Frankovic, Peerless, Hockey Mom, Fight for Old DC and The Ottawa Citizen (which also did a Brian Pothier feature).
  • The word from Mike Green: "Brutal game. Def not happy with my performance. Don't hate. See you on Wed caps fans. Your [sic] the best!" [@GreenLife52]
  • "The #Caps have had the lead in the 3rd period and lost it in 10 of their 23 games. They are 5-5 in those games[.]" [@cmasisak22]
  • "The #Caps have won 13 of 24 games ... a .542 win pct equates to 9-7 in the NFL and 88-74 in MLB." [@cmasisak22]
  • The Caps' local TV ratings are down and they're getting trounced by the hapless Wiz (bet that hasn't been uttered much yet this fall). In the Caps' defense, some of their best early season match-ups have been on Versus or called CSN-plus. [Sports Media Watch]
  • Alex Semin gives us an injury update. [Capitals Insider]
  • Thirteen teams had pro scouts at Saturday night's Caps/Leafs game... all to watch Toronto, right? Right. [CBC]
  • Speaking of Saturday night's game, the real reasons Alex Ovechkin had an off-night revealed. [Down Goes Brown]
  • Despite missing two weeks, AO's still atop USA Today's MVP leaderboard. [USA Today]
  • In case you missed it over the weekend, the NHL has apparently decided it wants to send six teams to Europe to kick off the 2010-11 season, and has contacted their half-dozen first choices to gauge interest. Not on the list? The Caps. Why not? My guess rhymes with "Minter Vlasic." [ESPN]
  • Further to that last point, "Reports are that the Capitals will play the Rangers at Yankee Stadium in next year’s outdoor game." [CBC]
  • Another interesting note from Elliotte Friedman's fantastic weekly file: "Mathieu Perreault – six points in his first nine games – said he has found the transition to the NHL a lot less difficult than he thought because of the two-referee system. The AHL uses only one ref, and therefore get away with more hooking and holding. NHL players don’t."
  • Fresh power rankings, with the Caps down a spot to fourth at Sporting News, holding at fourth at CBC, up one to sixth at and down two to sixth at ESPN.
  • Green's on the hotlist. Or at least he was before last night. []
  • A reminder of the battle Tom Poti fights daily off the ice. [New England Hockey Journal]
  • If you need a little "feel good" in your day, here you go. [In The Room]
  • I'm a sucker for a great hockey card story, and this is a great hockey card story. [FanPost]
  • Interesting data that, in part, explains why the Caps looked so lethargic Saturday night. [Behind the Net]
  • Bear Tracks! [LDN]