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Saturday Caps Clips: Another Game Bites the Dust

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Winter Classic is cancelled (but maybe there's reason for optimism), Hershey and Reading win and more.

Patrick McDermott

Your savory breakfast links:

  • We'll lead with lockout stuff today:
    • The League canceled one more game yesterday, but it wasn't a Caps game, so who cares? [Puck Daddy (and again and again), ESPN (and again), SI, WaPo, WashTimes]
    • But wait! There's movement! [TSN, ESPN, PHT]
    • But wait! If the movement was really all that significant, would the League have cancelled the Winter Classic long before most thought necessary? [common sense]
    • Blaming "the hardliners." [Puck Daddy, and if you missed our discussion on a member of that group, unmiss it here]
    • Is it time to bring in a third-party to straighten this out? [Backhand Shelf]
    • Uh oh - the dreaded "open letter." [Sporting News]
    • Finally, you may not have needed an unofficial hip-hop anthem for the lockout, but you've got one. [Puck Daddy]
  • Is that a banana or is BIK Karlskoga just happy to see Marcus Johansson? [RMNB]
  • Not breaking news: they love them some Ovi over in Russia. [Alex Ovetjkin]
  • Just how intimidating is Washington's hockey team's name? [Backhand Shelf]
  • Looks like Karl Alzner is missing Johansson and Nick Backstrom quite a bit. [@karlalzner]
  • Nice night for Caps prospects in Hershey, as Braden Holtby stops 31 shots and Stanislav Galiev scores the game-winning shootout goal in Springfield. [Patriot-News, Stucc's, SHoE]
  • Down a level, Philipp Grubauer picked up his first win for Reading. [Royals (PDF)]
  • Djoos news! [FanPost]
  • A little love for the Demon Barber of Oak Street. (Did I make that nickname up? I even looked up the rink's address, so credit for that at least...) [THN, HF]
  • Jeff Halpern is helping to bring you a one-stop shop for fried chicken and doughnuts. Thank him later. [WaPo]
  • Finally, happy 43rd birthday to Jim McKenzie.