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Friday Caps Clips: The Kids are Alright

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recaps of last night's shootout victory over the Flyers, a couple of Caps' kids wow us all, tough decisions ahead and more.

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  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's shootout win from Vogs, Monumental video (TrotzBurakovskyFehrNiskanenPeters, and check out all the highlights here), CSNW (and again), APBSHCSN]
    • Andre Burakovsky: Really. Good. At. Hockey. [CSNW]
    • Justin Peters stood tall for the Caps in the win, but the biggest save of the night was probably this diving stop in overtime by... Marcus Johansson?? [Monumental video]
    • A shootout! How novel! [CSNW]
    • If it's a Caps-Flyers game, there must be fighting, this time courtesy of Liam O'Brien and Zac Rinaldo . To be fair, it was hardly the first time someone in a #87 jersey beat the snot out of the Flyers. [CSNWHockeyfights]
    • Uh, way to break our arena, Nicklas Grossmann. Really nice. [BSH]
  • Burakovsky has gone from a fringe candidate for a roster spot to a guy who is practically a shoo-in for opening night. [Sporting NewsAftonbladetExpressen]
  • If he does make the squad, Burakovsky will be a rookie to keep an eye on... but in the meantime, potential future teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov is probably worth a look, too. [USA Today]
  • Meanwhile, Stanislav Galiev has the entire hockey world all a-twitter over his highlight-reel spin-o-rama goal in Hershey's preseason opener. [Caps OTStucc's Glove and BloggerPatriot-News (and again), CSNWPuck DaddyCBS SportsFrozen FuturesPuck Drunk Love,
  • Predicting goal totals, finding a place for Johansson and more in this week's Japers' Rink Mailbag. [Rink]
  • News and notes from yesterday's game-day skate:
    • Coach and players talk about the penultimate preseason game. [Monumental video (TrotzFehrGreenRinkside Update/Backstrom)]
    • John Walton caught up with Barry Trotz prior to the game to talk about camp so far, the loss in Buffalo and the ongoing fight for roster spots. [Capitals Voice]
  • Previews and predictions:
    • Check out some best-case scenarios for all of the Eastern Conference teams... besides all of the other teams losing and the Caps winning. []
    • Previewing the 2014-15 season for Brooks Laich. [THW]
    • Will the changes on and off the ice help the Capitals? [NV Daily]
    • The additions of Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik and Todd Reirden will be the key to reviving the Caps' defense. []
  • Camp updates:
    • The roster continues to get whittled down, as Connor Carrick, Casey Wellman and Garrett Mitchell were sent to Hershey. [WaPoPatriot-News]
    • The offseason may have been full of changes but the Caps are trying to keep one thing constant: the productive power play of the past two seasons. [WaPo]
    • Great news on the injury front, as Mike Green, Michael Latta and Nate Schmidt were back on the ice yesterday. [WaPoCSNW]
    • Check out what could possibly be the Caps' opening-night roster. [CSNW]
  • Alex Ovechkin finds himself at a crossroads. And needs to buy in and play better defense and yada yada yada. [Too Many Men on the Site]
  • Fresh off his first Caps training camp, Jakub Vrana is back in Sweden and picked up two points in his first SHL game. [RMNB]
  • The regular season gets underway in less than a week, and for the first time in a few years, it's back to normal for the NHL. []
  • Someone took the time to turn NHL jerseys into soccer kits. For some reason. [Icethetics]
  • Finally, happy 42nd birthday to Michael Nylander.