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Monday Caps Clips: Prepping for the Pre-Olympics Stretch Run

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: What a difference a win makes.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • If you missed any of this weekend's Clips, un-miss them here.
  • The Week That Was, Volume 16. [Peerless, RMNB]
  • Five thoughts on Saturday's win. [WaPo]
  • Guess what?  The National Hockey League player "most valuable to his team" is still Alex Ovechkin. Full stop. [Frankovic]
  • One win was nice, but there isn't time to bask in the glow. Gotta put some points in the bank. [Ted's Take]
  • Okay, maybe bask a little. And then build. [WaPo]
  • Happy team, happy dads. [CSNW]
  • Solid defensive work on Saturday led to opportunity for offense. [CSNW]
  • Here's an interesting #CapsDevils postmortem, from the Jersey point of view. [In Lou We Trust]
  • Back to Ovi, renowned urban artist Madsteez gave us a preview of his latest masterween - the Gr8, ten feet tall, day-glo purple, and utterly appropriate. [@madsteez]
  • In today's Olympic news, Nicklas Bäckström chatted with Swedish media about the upcoming Olympics and his life as a new dad. Plus Calle Johansson added his thoughts on Bäckis. [HockeyRamblings]
  • Have the Winter Class and Stadium Series games made you more excited for next New Year's Day? [Caps Outsider]
  • The Hershey Bears had a whale of a weekend, with three victories including Philipp Grubauer's shutout of the Baby Pens. Head coach Mike Haviland had a minor medical leave of absence on Sunday, which meant assistant coach Ryan Mougenel became the bench boss and blueliner Patrick Wellar got a battlefield promotion to defensive coordinator. One look at this video and you'll know that Coach Wellar is NOT a man to be trifled with. [Patriot-News, SHoE]
  • A quick look at some of the Caps' prospects:
  • Why the Stadium Series has us jonesing for the Winter Classic. [Caps Outsider]
  • Finally, happy 48th birthday to Michal Pivonka, and happy 30th birthday to DJ King.