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Saturday Caps Clips: Shootout Smorgasbord

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recaps and other assorted musings from last night's shootout loss from Vogs, Monumental video (OatesFehrOvechkinAlznerWilsonQuennevilleBlackhawks locker room), NHL.comAPSI.comWaPoCSNWCSN Chicago, and the Chicago Tribune (pictures).
    • Okay, yes. That shootout goal by Chicago's captain was pretty. [PHT]
    • So was Nicklas Backstrom's tally that opened the scoring, for what it's worth (as was the passing play that preceded it). [Caps]
  • Last night's game was yet another preseason shootout, and that tends to raise the ire of some fans. But there are some good things about the preseason - shootouts and all. [Rink]
  • If you're headed out to today's Caps Convention, check out the schedule of panels, autograph sessions and more here.
  • More reports have begun to emerge confirming that the major announcement at today's Caps Convention will be to confirm the 2015 Winter Classic in DC. [WaPo (and again), CSNWNBCWCBSPuck DaddyESPNUSA TodayDSPSportsXchange]
    • The players are pumped about the idea (even if their coach isn't wild about letting HBO into his locker room). [WaPo]
    • The fans are pretty excited, too. [CSNWRMNB]
    • So who might the Caps face on January 1, 2015? There are any number of options, but rumor has it that at least one of the finalists wears orange and black. [CSN PhillyRMNB]
  • Notes from morning skate and practice out at Kettler:
  • You may recall that Mikhail Grabovski had some rather harsh parting words for his old coach in Toronto; a few months and a new contract later, he's softened just a bit. [PHT]
  • Speaking of Grabovski, he's poised to be either a boom or a bust in 2013-14. Or, you know, something in between is always possible, too. [ESPN ($)]
  • Radio hits:
    • Former Caps' defenseman (and #2 star of the alumni game) Brendan Witt stopped by for a lengthy chat with Elliot in the Morning. [EITM, RMNB]
    • On Thursday, Brooks Laich stopped in to preview the season with the Junkies [106.7 the Fan]
  • When you skate alongside guys like Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin, it's easy to be a bit overlooked - but flying under the radar could be good for Marcus Johansson. [USA Today]
  • Previewing the 2013-14 Caps, with an eye on the right wing. [DSP]
  • As the Caps continue to make cuts, the Hershey Bears prepare to open their own 2013-14 training camp. [BearsPatriot-News]
  • If you missed the Caps Alumni Game - or just want to relive it in all its glory - check out the video replay on Monumental Network. [1st period2nd period3rd periodshootout]
    • Many of the alumni game's headliners came from behind the Caps' bench, and have a history that dates back almost two decades. [CSNW]
    • More on Chris Cooley's skating adventure... mostly because you really can't see someone faceplant on the ice enough times, can you? [Bog]
  • Nothing helps heal a busted wing like a little retail therapy, eh, Evgeny Kuznetsov? [URA.ru]
  • A couple of kids (Justin Larson and Boston Leier) on their training camp experiences. [The Record, Medicine Hat News (h/t sk8 on both)]
  • Be sure to catch our own Rob Parker making nice with our SB Nation pals - and division rivals - over at The Cannon on yesterday's Blue Jackets Roundtable Podcast. [The Cannon]
  • Character, chutzpah and class - delving into the ins and outs of what makes today's NHL captain. [Globe and Mail]
  • Finally, happy 44th birthday to Curtis Leschyshyn.