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Friday Caps Clips: A Devilishly Good Time

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recaps of last night's defeat of the Devils, prospect updates, Alex Ovechkin's dynamic nature and more.

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  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's dance with the Devils from us (RecapQuickCap), Vogs, Monumental video (BrownBurakovskyNiskanenHoltbyTrotz)  NHL.com (and highlights), APWaPo (and again), CSNWFrankovicDSPBrooksLaichyearRMNBGM on a CouchPeerlessILWT, and NJ.com (and again). 
    • While the Caps found their legs in the second and third period last night, it was Braden Holtby's heroics that helped get them to that point deadlocked at two. [Monumental video]
    • At the other end of the rink, Cory Schneider had a bit of a rough night... one that was cut short after what has to be Joel Ward's best goal ever. [SBNation, PHTThe Score]
    • Speaking of rough nights, Martin Havlat got sandwiched in between Jason Chimera and the referee, sustaining extensive facial damage. Yikes. [The Score]
  • Part of Barry Trotz's system involves unleashing the defense and allowing them to jump into the play - and it's worked, with the blueline chipping in 14 points through the first four games. [WaPo]
  • The other part? Allowing Alex Ovechkin to be Alex Ovechkin, which has turned the captain into the dynamic player Trotz knew he could be. [CSNW]
  • Breaking down a Moment that Mattered, as the second line joins the secondary scoring party. [Rink]
  • Nicklas Backstrom picked up his 499th career point in career game #499... but 500 in each category isn't the ultimate prize he has his eye on. [CSNW]
  • At just 19 years old and with just four NHL games under his belt, rookie Andre Burakovsky is making an impact for the Caps... [USA Today]
  • ...and could make an impact on your fantasy hockey team. [Puck Daddy]
  • With Jay Beagle on his way back into the lineup soon, changes could be coming to the Caps' fourth line. [WaPo]
  • In the face of doubt and criticism, new Caps' GM Brian MacLellan is proving the doubters wrong... so far. [Rock the Red]
  • Prospect watch:
    • The Caps' pool of prospects may not be as deep as it has been in the past, but it's got plenty of defense and skill. [HF]
    • Defenseman Madison Bowey has been named to the WHL's roster for the Subway Super Series against a visiting Russian team next month... [Castanet
    • ...and could be following a similar path to that of Devils' rookie Damon Severson (who scored New Jersey's only two goals last night). [CSNW]
    • Meanwhile 2014 draft pick Shane Gersich is lighting up the USHL, with five goals in his first six games. [RMNB]
  • Wrapping up the trip down "What If?" lane as Peerless imagines a world in which the Caps had Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. [Rink]
  • As nice as it would be to get the President to attend the Winter Classic...one would imagine he'd be rooting for the wrong team, no? [WaPo]
  • Alex Ovechkin talks about his recent cameo in a Russian music video. [WaPo (video)]
  • And, of course, here's more on him hanging out with Brad Pitt. (Note: Ovi is the one on the right.) [WaPo]
  • Not only is Mike Green off to a great start on the ice, his adorable/60 rating is off the charts after issuing a shout-out to some pint-sized neighbors. [WaPo]
  • The 2016 All-Star Game was recently awarded to Nashville; as a resident of the city for a decade and a half, Trotz was pleased with the choice. [WaPo]
  • 40 years ago today, the Washington Capitals recorded their first-ever victory, downing the Blackhawks... and it only took them a month to get their second one. [Caps Outsider]
  • On the NHL, the prevalence of head injuries and the need for improved safety measures to cut down on them. [McGill Daily]
  • Are the Capitals cursed? Nah, they've just never been that good... which apparently is better. [WaPo]
  • Finally, happy 30th birthday to Sami Lepisto.