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Sunday Caps Clips: Stalled in Dallas

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps again fall in Dallas, Joel Ward battles a bathroom stall, and more.

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  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's loss from us, Monumental video (OatesLaichOvechkinOleksy)], NHL.comAPWaPoPeerlessF Street FaithfulRMNB, DSP (quick takegamer), and from deep in the heart of Texas, Defending Big D.
    • The Caps had hoped that taking an early lead would allow them to roll four lines and get a bit more balance. Well, it was a nice thought. [Dump 'n Chase]
    • They had a chance to take the lead a second time but had it negated when the refs ruled incidental contact with the goalie - aka a Nicklas Backstrom crosscheck to his head. [WaPoRMNB]
  • News and notes from game day:
    • In general. [Monumental video (OatesOvechkinLaichRinkside Update/Carlson)]
    • Braden Holtby has Adam Oates's trust - and that hasn't gone unnoticed by Holtby. [CSNW]
    • It's official, Jack Hillen is out for 4-6 months after having successful surgery to repair a fractured tibial plateau. Related... ow ow ow. [WaPoCSNW]
    • Catching up with former Caps' prospect Cody Eakin, who seems to be settling into Dallas quite nicely. [WaPo]
    • Of course, the biggest story prior to yesterday's game was the epic saga of Joel Ward vs. the bathroom stall. Final score: Ward 1, stall 0. [RinkNHL.comWaPoSporting NewsPuck DaddyDefending Big DRMNB]
  • The Caps are currently a bit bottom-heavy at forward and desperately in need of some defensive help. Seems like there's a way to alleviate both issues... [Stars and Sticks]
  • Fantasy news and notes, including more drooling over Mikhail Grabovski because that's really all there is to do. [Yahoo]
  • Power rankings! Which, unsurprisingly, were completed before last night's loss. [CSNNE]
  • Meanwhile, down on the farm (teams):
    • The 2013-14 journey for the Bears has officially begun, and they're ready for a comeback season. [SHOECapitals OutsiderTHW]
    • Unfortunately that journey began with a bit of a stumble, as the Bears erased a two-goal deficit (and scored two shorthanded goals) only to fall to Adirondack in overtime. [Patriot-NewsTHW]
    • Get to know your 2013-14 Bears by position. [Patriot-News (forwardsdefensemengoalies)]
    • New captain Dane Byers was honored to be chosen as the Bears' new captain. [Patriot-News]
    • With Hershey's season underway, it's time for the reining Kelly Cup champs up in Reading to begin defending their title. [RoyalsReading Eagle]
    • And in prospect news,, Andre Burakovsky was named the first star in the Erie Otters home opener, picking up five points (a goal and four assists) in Erie's 8-4 win. [OHLGoErie.com]
  • Finally, happy 23rd birthday to Marcus Johansson.

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