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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Mean Lars gets his hattie, Chimera ships out, Jojo has his mojo again, Wolski is a coach-killer, and the gnashing of teeth/rending of garments continue. Oh, and Olie talks goalies.

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  • The NHL lockout lingers but there is hockey news from overseas:
    • The KHL resumed play after its Karjala Cup layover. Dynamo Moscow returned to action at Vityaz Chekhov, and maintained their lead atop the Bobrov Division behind #69's overtime, hat-trick-sealing gamewinner. Alex Ovechkin set him up for two of those goals. [KHL.ru, WaPo, RMNB, Alex Ovetjkin, YouTube (video highlights in English)]
    • Aaaargh! Jason Chimera has run up the Jolly Roger and is setting sail for the land of milk and Neuvy, having signed a short-term contract with HC Pirati Chomutov in the Czech Extraliga. Per the team website, they have prepared his Pirates #25 jersey already and he will be playing with former Cap Milan Jurcina. His season debut is expected either Sunday or Tuesday. [Rink, WaPo, WashTimes, HC Pirati Chomutov]
    • Marcus Johansson's reported mystery back pains were apparently good for his hockey skills, as his goal-and-assist helped Karlskoga to a 5-3 victory over Djurgården. [Sveriges Radio]
    • Wojtek Wolski scored the game-winning overtime goal for HC PBS-Ciarko Bank Sanokon Tuesday, his second on the season and the first under his new head coach. [sport.pl]
  • There is also hockey news from Hershey and Reading:
    • Bad News Bears - One win and two losses this past weekend put Hershey at the .500 mark on the season, and the team is struggling to score. Could it be the systems devised by the new co-bench boss? [RtR]
    • In a somewhat unexpected move, forward prospect Stanislav Galiev was reassigned from AHL Hershey to ECHL Reading ... [RMNB, Station Nation]
    • ... where he donned sweater #15 and was on the starting line (and scoreless) for the Royals in a 2-1 OT win over the Elmira Jackals ... [Gamesheet]
    • ... and teh Twitterz are speculating he will be recalled to Chocolatetown as soon as today. [@JasonGuarente]
    • Olie on his goalies. If you read only one link today, make it this one. [Caps Outsider]
    • It's come to this: AHL power rankings. [THW]
  • Living la vida lockout:
  • Movember seems like a good time to revisit some of the NHL's classic 'staches. Three Caps make the list. [Backhand Shelf]
  • Speaking of old times:
    • Alan May talks about life, the universe and everythi... that time he got traded to Washington ... [Capitals]
    • ... and Oskar Osala recalls his years in the Caps organization and the strangeness of playing against NHL stars in the K. [KHL.ru (English)]
    • Also, former Caps goalie Clint Malarchuk will apparently be the subject of an upcoming episode of ESPN's "30 for 30." (Might want to watch that one on an empty stomach.) [@Aportzline]
  • Finally, stick tap to celebrity chef Spike Mendelssohn and his Caps fandom. Say ... does Good Stuff Eatery serve wings? [NHL.com]