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Sunday Caps Clips: 65 and Over

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recapping last night's shootout win over the Panthers, Backstrom plays in his 500th, and more.

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  • Recaps and other assorted musings on the shootout victory over Florida from us (quickcaprecap), Vogs, Monumental video (TrotzBackstromChimeraFehrOrpikPeters), (with highlights and video recap), AP, WaPo (gamerblog), CSNW, Peerless, BrooksLaichyearCaps OutsiderRMNB, Sun Sentinel and the Miami Herald.
    • He hasn't been called upon as often in the shootout, but Alex Ovechkin made sure to make his turn count as he roofed the game-winner over Al Montoya. Good call, Blaine Forsythe! [CSNWThe Score]
    • And that was just one of three shootout strikes for the Caps as they picked up their first skillz victory. [Monumental video]
    • Unfortunately the win might have come at a cost, as Brooks Laich left the game early after suffering an apparent shoulder injury. [WaPo]
    • Next up in the list of the 40 Greatest Caps? Sylvain Cote! [Monumental video]
  • Last night marked Nicklas Backstrom's 500th-career NHL game; alas, it ended without his 500th point, although he did have a lovely shootout tally. [Capitals OTWaPo]
    • Hop in the wayback machine and recall the time seven years ago when a fresh-faced little Swede signed his first contract with the Caps... [Capitals OTVogs]
    • ...although if the Bruins had their way, that moment would never have happened. [CSNW]
  • News and notes from Kettler yesterday:
    • In general. [Monumental video (TrotzBackstromRinkside Update/Ward)]
    • Signing Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik over the summer didn't just give the Caps a deeper, more experienced blueline - it also provides a better balance for all involved. [WaPo]
  • Sure, there's not much to add once you've seen those pics of the Caps with adorable puppies... but is once really enough? We think not. [FTW]
  • Finally, happy 31st birthday to Boyd Gordon.