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Saturday Caps Clips: 'Canes @ Caps Game Day

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's clash with the Canes from Vogs, NHL.com (Hunter), Frankovic, RMNB, RtR, and CRtC, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partner Canes Country for more coverage from the other side of tonight's match-up.
  • Notes and assorted whatnot from yesterday's practice. [Caps365 video (Kettler Report, Boudreau, Green), RtR]
  • Alex Ovechkin tweeted his return from Russia, and then suited up at KCI for a little skating and shooting. [Caps Overtime, RMNB]
  • The big news from Kettler, of course, was Tomas Vokoun 's revelation to a surprised media scrum that he would not be in net for the Caps' home opener.  This led to a "no comment" from the coach ... [Dump'n'ChaseCI (Carrera), CW (Whyno), DCEx (McNally), CSNW (Gormley), CBSW (Kerstein), DSP, PHT, WashTimes (Whyno)]
  • ... and then the agent weighed in.  Fasten your seatbelts, folks. [WashTimes (Whyno), Eye on Hockey (Gretz)]
  • Goalie 1A. [KoL]
  • So.  Is Bruce Boudreau sending a strong message to his netminders ... [CSNW (Gormley)]
  • ... or is he just messin' with us? [CW (Whyno)]
  • We have a shiny new season and a game that counts straight ahead! [RMNB]
  • If you're going to the game, be mindful of your commute. [Caps Overtime]
  • If you want to go to the game but don't yet have your ducats, take a look at the Rink Rat Ticket Exchange.
  • Once and for all: Ted Leonsis likes his GM, likes his coach, and likes his core players. A lot. [WaPo (Wise)]
  • The players say they like the challenge. [WashTimes (Whyno), DSP]
  • Karl Alzner and John Carlson like to play hockey together. [CI (video chat)]
  • He's just Halpy to be here. [NBC video (Hellie)]
  • Marcus Johansson Vol. 2.0 [Caps Overtime]
  • We're totally on board with question #10. [OFB]
  • An open letter to the Captain and the Coach. [CBSW (Elfin)]
  • Ovechkin: Gearing Up ... [SteveDangle.com (video)]
  • ... and speaking of gear, Bauer announced it will release an Ovi curve, the P08. [@BauerHockey]
  • The final roundup of previews/predictions. [Peerless (Playoffs, Awards), CI (Frankovic), CI (Peerless)]
  • Congrats to the Hershey Bears, who won their season opener 3-2 against the defending Calder champion Binghamton Senators. The first Bears goal of the 2011-2012 season was scored shorthanded by Christian Hanson, and Mattias Sjogren had an assist for his first pro point in North America. [Patriot-News (Leone), SHoE]
  • The South Carolina Stingrays were not quite as fortunate, dropping their season preseason opener 3-2 in a shootout to the Greenville Road Warriors. The first Stingrays goal of the 2011-2012 season preseason was scored by ... Danick Paquette. [ECHL.com]
  • Finally, happy 52nd birthday to John Blum, and best wishes for a speedy recovery to Stanislav Galiev. [Station Nation, SB Nation DC, Telegraph-Journal]

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