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Thursday Caps Clips: Feelin' Groovy...

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Richard Panik gets his Shanaban, Ovechkin gets respect, and two prospects get operated on. Ah, hockey.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Tampa's Richard Panik will feel the weight of the Shanahammer, as the NHL Department of Player Safety meted out a two-game suspension for boarding Karl Alzner... [NHL.com (video), Puck Daddy, WaPo, CSNW, Raw Charge]
    • ... who is feeling just fine, and thanks for asking. [WaPo]
  • Your Capitals Minute for today. [Capitals Voice]
  • Checking in with coach and players out at Kettler yesterday. [Monumental video (Capitals Report, Oates, Ovechkin, Green, Rinkside Update/Backstrom)]
    • Mike Green has made his mea culpas with his coach and teammates, and they're all fine too. [CSNW, and again]
    • Braden Holtby wants back in the battle again. [CSNW]
  • Let us bask in the afterglow of Alex Ovechkin's four-goaler just a bit longer:
    • Scores four, is ridiculous. [Deadspin]
    • In which both Ovi's goal-scoring abilities and Bleacher Report's linkability achieve resurrection. It's a miracle. [BR]
    • Glory glory. [GuardianNYT]
    • Комраде of the Night. [From Russia with Glove]
    • All aboard the Ovechkin train. [NBC Sports (video)]
    • Oh hai there 50-in-50 chatter. [CSNW, WaPo, PHT]
    • Tampa bench boss John Cooper has a different viewpoint of Ovi's game... [RMNB]
    • ... and this Boltsblogger is having a hard time believing his own lying eyes. [Bolts by the Bay]
    • Step aside, all you wannabe DC sports superstars.  Ovi's got next. And first. And pretty much always. [WashTimes]
    • Seriously, we mean always. Check out the latest Olympic goodness that is the Nike "Play Russian" campaign. [Nike via YouTube]
    • And for Pete's sake, keep yer filthy paws off the Captain's measure stick. [Puck Daddy]
  • Nats hurler Ross Detwiler drops in on the Bolts game. [Monumental (video)]
  • Some red-rocking Santas (Backstrom, Green, Ward, Fehr, and Oleksy) joined some Wizardly and Mystical elves and delivered some holiday cheer. Aw. [Monumental (video)]
  • Down on the farm:
    • The Hershey Bears grabbed a nice shootout victory in Binghamton last night... [Patriot-News]
    • ... after they received the unwelcome news that Garrett Mitchell 's season is pretty much done as he will have right shoulder labrum surgery today.  In addition, Tomas Kundratek had ACL surgery yesterday. Wishing you a speedy recovery, gents. [Patriot-News, RMNB]