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Monday Caps Clips: Caps Able in Defeat of 'Canes

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The preseason ends on a high note, sorting out Niskanen/Skinner, welcoming Burra, appreciating Carlzner and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recaps and other assorted musings on yesterday's preseason finale from Vogs, Monumental video (Trotz, Holtby, O'Brien, Laich, Niskanen), WaPo, CSNW (and again),, AP, Canes Country]
    • Goals and goals. [Caps Voice (one, two, three, four, five), Monumental video (one, two, three, four, five)]
    • Hey, about that Matt Niskanen, er, interaction with Jeff Skinner's noggin. [, Puck Daddy]
    • Everyone wants a little interactin' - Alex Ovechkin took exception to Eric Staal's board work with John Carlson. His coach approved. [CSNW]
    • Evgeny Kuznetsov's hockey smarts and silky mitts 1, Jiri Tlusty's skate 0. [RMNB]
    • Hope you like the look of yesterday's roster on account that those players will most likely be the team that takes the ice on October 9. [CSNW]
    • Speaking of which (or possibly whom): "@andreburakovsky all team welcome to the team!!!" [a0gr8]
  • Wherever they go, whatever they do, Karl Alzner and John Carlson are gonna go through it together, 'specially if that means never missing a hockey game. [WaPo]
  • Decisions, decisions - What happens when Tom Wilson gets healthy? [WaPo]
  • Predictions and prognostications:
    • Crystal ballin' Braden Holtby ... [Peerless]
    • ... and Brooks Orpik. [Peerless]
    • The Caps will finish 14th overall in the Lig... [CSNW]
    • ... second in the Metro... [LA Times, Courier-Post]
    • ... how 'bout fifth in the 'Tro... [USA Today]
    • ... but wherever they finish, it will be a test of the team's newly-forged character. []
  • Hershey notes:
    • The Bears took the Baby Pens to the woodshed in a 6-1 victory that garnered 220 penalty minutes between the two teams. [Patriot-News]
    • The Bears welcomed back their captain, Dane Byers ... [Patriot-News]
    • ... and informed former Caps draft pick Joel Broda that he has made the team. [Patriot-News]
  • A local comedy troupe, the Capital City Showcase, holds monthly "roasts" of people/trends in the DMV. The Caps get their turn in the spotlight on Tuesday, and we're all invited. [CCS, via the GW Hatchet]
  • Y'know, it's nice and all that Andre Burakovsky is good at the hockey and about to join the pro ranks, but it's really a shame we will never have a picture of him wearing this --> [NatPo]
  • Finally, happy 24th birthday to Marcus Johansson.