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Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Blue Jackets Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of tonight's tilt with the Jackets, looking at Ovechkin's playmaking (and goaltending) skills and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Take a look at a moment that really mattered from Tuesday's overtime win - the moment that made it an overtime win. [Rink]
  • Your old pal Peerless checks in from the end of the (Caps) bar with some more numbers you may or may not know about. [Rink]
  • Previews of the final regular season matchup with the Blue Jackets from VogsNHL.comAP and Peerless, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at The Cannon for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • Your Capitals Minute for today. [Capitals Voice]
  • With a packed schedule between now and the Olympic break, the Caps had an optional practice in Columbus yesterday. [Monumental video (Oates), WaPo]
  • A few leftover thoughts on Tuesday's win. [WaPoCSNWDie by the Blade]
  • Alex Ovechkin's playmaking ability has always been a rather underrated aspect of his game, but it's getting a lot of attention now thanks to some of his work this week. [CSNWNBC4]
  • Troy Brouwer needs to crash the net more. Considering how much time he's spent on a line with Brooks Laich, you'd think he would know the saying by now. All together now: if you want bread... [WaPo]
  • Patrolling the creases of all 30 teams with a look at every goaltending duo (and trio) in the League so far this season. [TSN]
  • With just over a week to go until Sochi, it's time to get super-pumped about the upcoming Olympic hockey goodness! [WashTimes]
  • ...or not. Party-pooper. []
  • A look at how "heavy" teams often have success in the NHL - and believe it or not, the Caps are actually considered heavyweights. [THN]
  • Toughness in hockey isn't just about the guys who hit the hardest or the ones drop the gloves; often the toughest guys are the ones willing to be first on the puck. [BHS]
  • Sounds like the Caps' Winter Classic next January will be one of four on the docket of outdoor games planned for the NHL in 2014-15. [Puck DaddyPHT]
  • Y'know, Michal Neuvirth might need to start locking up his goalie gear when the captain is around. That's right, Ovi the Goalie is back, baby. [Capitals OvertimeWaPoPuck Daddy]
  • "If Ovechkin is in top shape, there is no need to even put our skates on. He’ll just jump out and tear everyone apart." Okay, Malkin's not all bad. [IIHF]
  • Tyson Strachan has a heart of gold, and is using it to raise awareness about rescue dogs (with some help from his pals on the Hershey Bears). [Patriot-News@StrachanStrays]
  • Very cool story from a guy who (briefly) played hockey on the frozen Reflecting Pool at sunrise, and captured it on film so we could all experience it. []
  • The Caps and Monumental Sports and Entertainment are rolling out this year's Courage Caps. 100% of the proceeds go to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), so get yours now! [Caps TodayCapitals Overtime]
  • Finally, happy 41st birthday to Chris Simon.