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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recaps of last night's win over Toronto, the return of Michal Neuvirth, Olympic goodies and more.

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  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's win from us (with quotes), Vogs, Monumental video (Oates, Neuvirth, Ward, Ovechkin, Backstrom), NHL.com, AP, SportsXchange, WaPo, CSNW, Frankovic, Peerless, F Street Faithful, RMNB, DSP, and from across the border, the Toronto Star and the Toronto Sun.
    • Between injuries and the sudden emergence of Philipp Grubauer, Michal Neuvirth's been out of action for almost two months - but made a surprise return last night, and did a fine job in the process. [WaPo, WashTimes, CSNW]
    • The game-winner came off the stick of Joel Ward, who earned his 13th goal of the season against his hometown team and with a proud Mama Ward in attendance. N'aww. [WaPo, CSNW]
    • Last night's game featured fisticuffs aplenty, with Tom Wilson bloodying himself against Carter Ashton and a heavyweight scrap between Colton Orr and John Erskine. Because Toronto. [Hockeyfights.com (Wilson vs. Ashton, Erskine vs. Orr), CSNW, RMNB]
  • Obviously Erskine has been known to drop the gloves a time or two, but his contributions in the area of defense have been somewhat suspect. [Rink]
  • The Caps' newly-formed top trio of Eric Fehr, Mikhail Grabovski and Alex Ovechkin is already paying dividends. [NHL.com]
  • A few more thoughts on Thursday's win over Tampa... [WaPo]
  • ...and a tale of two contests, comparing the wins in Game 43 and 44. [Peerless]
  • There are still a few unhappy campers in the Caps' dressing room - so when will they make a trade? [CSNW]
  • And does a trade for Michal Neuvirth make sense for both player and team? [Yahoo!]
  • Sticking with the goalie theme, while Braden Holtby has had a rough go of it of late, do his career numbers in March and April make him worth the risk for fantasy owners? [NHL.com]
  • The NHLers headed to Sochi next month for the Olympics may be the last NHL representatives to do so - at least for awhile. So just how important is the NHL's participation in the Games? [SCoC]
  • Catching up with former Cap and hockey legend Sergei Fedorov after his time in the Winter Classic alumni game. [MI Hockey Now]
  • Five years after his passing, reflections on George Dobson - a Capital at heart. [8-67-5]
  • At times the goaltending carousel is a soap opera... and sometimes it's a nursery rhyme. [Caps Outsider]
  • Finally, happy 49th birthday to Tim Bergland, happy 52nd to Kent Carlson, and happy 41st to Ryan Mulhern.