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Sunday Caps Clips: A Ward Winner; Caps @ 'Nucks Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recap roundup of the victory at Calgary, previews of today's game at Vancouver, the Bears get their first home win and more.

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  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's win from us (quickcaprecap), Vogs, Monumental video (Trotz, Backstrom, Ward, Green, Holtby),, WaPo, CSNW (AP story), Peerless, DSP, Frankovic, RMNB, GM on a Couch, Mark's Musings, and from Calgary, Matchsticks and Gasoline.
    • All the goals. [Capitals Voice (one, two, three)]
    • How (and why) not to block a shot, Alex Ovechkin edition. [RMNB]
    • Brooks Orpik had all teh hits... [Talk The Red (video), RMNB]
    • ... while his captain was batting cleanup. [Scouting the Refs]
    • Nicklas Backstrom was rocking the Hockey Night in Canada towel for his postgame interviews. [@VogsCaps]
    • "I don’t think we played as well as we can. That was probably the worst game we’ve played in a little bit. On the other side, that team played well tonight. They’re forechecking a lot harder than they have in the past, they’re backchecking a lot harder and they made it tough for us." Former Cap Dennis Wideman notes some changes. [Calgary Sun]
  • Previews of tonight's clash with the Canucks. [Caps Today, Caps Outsider]
    • Seven things Nucks observers have learned about the team after seven Nucks games. Um, ouch. [The Province]
    • And more observations, because research. [Canucks Army]
  • News and notes from the morning skate in Calgary:
  • Hershey notes:
    • The Bears roared back for their Giant Center home-opener, defeating the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins by the score of 4-1. [Patriot-News, and again]
    • Head coach Troy Mann (and assistant coach Bryan Helmer) got a warm-n-toasty welcome from the hometown crowd. [Patriot-News]
    • South Carolina defenseman Eric Burgdoerfer was recalled from the Stingrays to fill in for the injured Patrick Wey. The Bears are seeking supplementary discipline for Lehigh Valley's Jay Rosehill, who laid the hit on Wey that knocked him out of the lineup. [Patriot-News]
    • The Bears are Pinking and Rinking today, with the jerseys to be auctioned off after the game. This might be your only chance to acquire a Tom Wilson Hershey sweater, maybe. [Patriot-News]
  • Finally, the Caps' media corps tried the offseason Alzner/Beagle workout. Not for the faint of heart. Or any other body part, for that matter. [WaPo]