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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recaps of last night's win, the return of "Vintage Ovechkin", examining the power play and more.

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  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's win from us, Monumental video (Oates, Ovechkin, Holtby, players), Capitals Voice, NHL.com, AP, CP, SportsXchange, WaPo (gamer, blog), CSNW, Frankovic, DSP, RMNB, and with the view from the True North, the Winnipeg Free Press and our SB Nation pals over at Arctic Ice Hockey.
    • The story no one is - or was - talking about is the fact that Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec has started a whopping 28 of his team's 31 games this year. That's... a lot. [NHL.com]
  • The Caps needed a big win in Winnipeg and a little help from the Penguins in order to boldly go where they had yet to go in the standings this season. And they got both. Hello, 10th place. [Dump 'n Chase]
  • With nine points in his last six games (including two goals last night), Alex Ovechkin is once again channeling Vintage Ovi... [CSNW]
  • ...not that it matters to the talking heads, of course, who always seem more interested in perpetuating the myth of Ovechkin than focusing on reality. [Peerless]
  • So what's wrong with the Caps' power play? (And after last night, is the right answer "nothing"?) [WaPo (Greenberg)]
  • The fans have questions, CSN's Chuck Gormley has answers. [CSNW]
  • Scoring goals is good and winning the occasional game is great, but with a three-to-five point deficit to overcome and numerous teams in the way, what the Caps need is what they can't get - traction. [Peerless]
  • Since blowing a two-goal lead to the Caps, the 'Canes have stumbled, with their ten-point lead over Washington cut to three in just ten days. [CSNW]
  • Both the Caps and Bears have hit the road in search of a playoff spot, with Hershey kicking off a crucial three-in-three stretch with a shootout loss to Connecticut. [PennLive, LDNews, Stucc, SHOE, Caps]
  • Matt Hendricks: Professional Punching Bag. But in a good way. [Mr. Irrelevant]
  • The Rangers have put former Cap Jeff Halpern on waivers. Dear George, I've been very good this year... (Kidding, kidding. Sort of. No, really. Kinda.) [NYDN]
  • Congrats to Caps prospect Riley Barber, who earned CCHA Rookie of the Year honors after a freshman season that saw him lead the league in scoring. [Journal-News]
  • Finally, happy 37th birthday to Nolan Baumgartner, happy 55th to Bengt Gustafsson, and happy 25th to Michal Neuvirth.