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Monday Caps Clips: Guts, Then Glory

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Savoring a solid two-win weekend, Philipp Grubauer's first career win, and evaluating Evgeny Kuznetsov's Olympic chances.

Bruce Bennett

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Catch up on all of the Clips you might have missed over the weekend right here.
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's statement victory from us, Vogs, Monumental video (Oates, Grubauer, Ovechkin, Grabovski, Oleksy, Schmidt, Chimera),, WaPo, CSNW (gamer, blog), AP, Peerless, Frankovic, DSP and RMNB, and from the Rangers' side, NYT and Blueshirt Banter.
    • Still more goals!
      • Jason Chimera's squeaker. [Capitals Voice]
      • Steve Oleksy shows how a pro responds to a benching. [CV, RMNB]
      • Marry us, Misha. [CV, PHT]
      • It's not too early to consider 50-in-50 for Nate Schmidt, right? [CV]
    • In which Chris Kreider runs a price check in the produce section. Karl Alzner's produce section, to be specific. [SB Nation]
    • Alex Ovechkin and Rick Nash to exception to one another, briefly, then took a seat. [RMNB]
    • And the puck for Philipp Grubauer's first NHL win has a New York Rangers shield on it. Congrats, Grubi! [@CapsPR, Caps Outsider, WaPo]
      • Speaking of, via Elias: "Philipp Grubauer, making his first start of the season and the second start of his NHL career, posted his first big-league win with a 4-1 victory over the Rangers in New York. Grubauer is the ninth goaltender whose first NHL win was recorded as a visitor at the current Madison Square Garden, which opened in February 1968. Grubauer may have a future in broadcasting (at least in Germany, his native country) considering that Darren Eliot, Glenn Healy, and Daryl Reaugh are among the eight previous goaltenders to do that. The last goaltender before Grubauer whose first NHL win came as a guest at the "World's Most Famous Arena" was Atlanta's Frederic Cassivi in March 2002."
  • Your Capitals Minute for today. [Capitals Voice]
  • News and notes from pregame:
  • The Week That Was, Volume 10 [Peerless, RMNB]
  • Back-to-back, Jack. [CSNW (video)]
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov was left off the Team Russia roster for an important international tuneup tournament.  This probably does not bode well for his Olympic chances.  Ugh. [RMNB]