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Wednesday Caps Clips: Regroup and Start Again

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recaps of last night's loss, Backstrom improves, Ovechkin gets a haircut and more.

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  • Recaps and other assorted musings from last night's loss from us (with quotes), Monumental video (Oates, players), NHL.com, AP, SportsXchange, WaPo, WashTimes (gamer, blog), CSNW (gamer, blog, Joe B), DCEx, RMNB, DSP (and again), and with the view from the Island, Newsday, Islanders Point Blank and our SB Nation pals over at Lighthouse Hockey.
    • The turning point of the game? A klutzy maneuver around the net late in the third by Mike Green... although Brooks Laich is taking full responsibility. N'aww. [RMNB]
  • General news and notes from yesterday's morning skate out at Kettler. [Monumental video (Oates, Green, Holtby, Ward, Brouwer), Capitals Voice, DSP]
  • The Caps wanted to avoid overlooking the Islanders game as they look forward to a break they've got coming later in the week. Um... good start. [Dump 'n Chase]
  • After a slow (by his standards) start to the season, Nicklas Backstrom is beginning to turn things around. And let us all say "Hallelujah". [NHL.com]
  • Is Alex Ovechkin returning to elite form? [NHL.com]
  • If so, it's obviously because of his haircut. And his haircut is obviously because his head is too big to fit into his helmet (...his explanation, not ours). [DC Sports Bog]
  • Notes from Chocolatetown:
    • Joey Crabb found himself back in the minors after clearing waivers over the weekend, but his Calder Cup experience could help the Bears. [PennLive]
    • 2012 draft pick Chandler Stephenson talks about jumping to the AHL after signing an amateur tryout contract with Hershey yesterday. [PennLive]
  • The Caps have had a rocky season to say the least, but they might be figuring out Oates' system yet. [Pass Shoot Score]