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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The lockout claims its first games, the Bears entertained their STHs, and Ovi is the once and future Mr. Big.

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Your savory breakfast links:

● The clock on the wall says lockout o'clock and the National Hockey League announced the first two weeks of the 2012-2013 season are officially canceled. For Caps fans, this means the loss of at least seven games. Getting the JoeB-free Jitters already. [NHL.com, WaPo, WashTimes (and again), CSNW, 106.7 The Fan, DSP]

○ When the arenas go dark, the local businesses dim as well. [Hockey Shopped, Southern Maryland News]

○ We get a bit more insight into the mindset of the NHLPA from the outtakes from their previous video. [DGB]

○ What to expect when you're expecting to get paid for playing pro hockey. [Puck Daddy]

● Meanwhile, back in Russia, the KHL is still working out the details of providing high-quality coverage of select K games for the North American market. Prepare yourself for disappointment if you were dying to see Arena Magnitogorsk. [Alex Ovetjkin]

● Hershey completed its first round of cuts, sending 12 players including goalies Brandon Anderson and Philipp Grubauer to their new ECHL home in Reading, PA. [The Hershey Bears, Patriot-News (and again)]

○The Bears hosted their season-ticket holder party and Tomas Kundratek won hardest shot after Stanislav Galiev broke his twig. That's a fine-looking passel of Bear cubs, right there. [SHoE]

Alex Ovechkin is still Mr. Big Deal... [RMNB]

○ ... and you can experience $5 Ovi all day today at Madame Tussauds in Chinatown. [Madame Tussauds]

● Finally, John Carlson and Karl Alzner did a little modeling last night to raise awareness for domestic violence. [@robbysantos]