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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of Game 1 of the Peter Laviolette era in Philly from Vogs,, Peerless, CSN Washington and CSN Philly, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partner Broad Street Hockey for coverage from the other side of tonight's match up.
  • Taking joy in Philly's turmoil. [OFB]
  • It continues not to suck to be Alex Ovechkin... [D.C. Sports Bog, NHL Network Online (video)]
  • ... Even if some blowhard thinks it "would be fun to see" him "meet a couple of fourth-line enforcers down the road." [CBC]
  • Speaking of idiocy, a nice collection of responses to a prime example of it... [D.C. Sports Bog, Ted's Take, FanPost]
  • ... But we should be fair and let the author defend himself. Here's Jim Kelley on The Mike Wise Show... [106.7 The Fan... at least it should be here soon]
  • ... And we'll give Caps Senior Director of Media Relations Nate Ewell the last word on the matter: "All lies. This interview is making him look even more deceitful, dishonest, biased and wrong." Game. Set. Match. [@nateewell]
  • Several Caps have stepped it up in AO's absence... [Washington Times]
  • ... As the team rallies around it's superstar. []
  • The sore wrist that sidelined Alexander Semin for seven games "may ultimately require surgery." That's the first I've heard the "s" word used, which likely means it came from the player (or more likely his agent), which seems an odd thing to be putting out there in a contract year. [Globe and Mail]
  • Speaking of Semin, "He's a great guy in the locker room, a supportive guy to everyone. He's a big part of the team, and I hope he stays here." So says someone whose opinion probably matters. [Washington Post]
  • Some (inter)national attention for what Brendan Morrison has done for the team so far. []
  • One for the ladies... and those who appreciate fine photography. [TTT Hockey]
  • Btw, TTT Hockey photos would make for truly special holiday gifts. [TTT Hockey]
  • Several Caps talk about their first times... scoring an NHL goal, that is. [CSN Washington]
  • You thought you'd seen all the "Free Alex" pictures that were out there? Think again. [Peerless]
  • Mike Knuble goes toy shoppin' for charity. [Hockey Mom]
  • Elliot in the Morning tells Florida's Mike Duco he's number one. [TwitPic (via @OnFrozenBlog)]
  • A preview of Junior Seau's day as shooting target/equipment manager for the Caps. [NHL Network Online (video)]
  • FiOS subscribers will want to read this. [Mike Holden's blog]
  • "Hall of Famer Olaf Kolzig" has a nice ring to it, even if we're just talking ECHL. [CSN Washington]
  • In case you missed it, the Penguins waived Chris Bourque yesterday. [@TSNBobMcKenzie]
  • Sticking with Pittsburgh, Brent Johnson's worst Civic Arena memory? This game. [Empty Netters]
  • The juxtaposition of an Habs fan reaction to Eric Fehr's late game-tying goal from last weekend and Led Zep's chill "Going to California" is fantastic, but certainly NSFW for language. [YouTube (h/t YNC)]
  • Finally, per the HHoF, on this date back in 1997 "Jeff Toms scored at 3:32 of OT to give the Capitals a 3-2 win over the Panthers, in the first NHL game played at the MCI Center in Washington D.C."