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Wednesday Caps Clips: MoJo's Mojo

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recaps of last night's win over Columbus, exploring the evolution of Marcus Johansson and more.

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  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's win from us (QuickCapRecap), Vogs, Monumental video (TrotzOvechkinJohanssonHoltbyAlznerBeagle, (recaphighlights), APThe ScoreFrankovicWaPoCSNW (and again), Blue JacketsColumbus Dispatch (and again and again), PeerlessGM on a CouchDSPRMNBBrookslaichYearUnion BlueThe Cannon
    • Boy, Jay Beagle sure looked comfortable on the top line during this insanely pretty passing play. Maybe he should stay there for the foreseeab-um no. [Monumental video]
    • It's usually pretty silly to say that a goalie will want a goal back, because he wants them all back... but yeah, Braden Holtby will definitely want this one back. [The Score]
    • Marcus Johansson scored two goals last night, which not only means he's playing really well but also that he likes to make us look smart. [Rink]
    • Speaking of Johansson, per Elias: "Alex Ovechkin and Marcus Johansson each scored two goals for the Capitals in their 4-2 win against the Blue Jackets in Washington. It was the first time this season that the Capitals had two multiple-goal scorers in one game, and the first time they had more than one individual multi-goal performance in a home game since Oct. 22, 2011, when Mike Green and Mathieu Perreault each scored twice in a 7-1 victory over the Red Wings."
    • The boys on the ice were victorious, but they made sure to take time out to honor the real heroes on Veteran's Day in our nation's capital. [Monumental video (Hero's WelcomeCaps Thank YouUSA Warriors)]
  • The truth about "track meet" teams, and why it's better to generate scoring chances while suppressing chances from the other team. [Puck Daddy (Momalytics)]
  • Because Nicklas Backstrom's Olympic saga didn't drag on long enough, now the World Anti-Doping Agency is appealing his silver medal. Poor guy. [THNWaPoSI.comCSNW
  • News and notes from yesterday's pre-victory skate:
    • In general. [Monumental video (TrotzRinkside Update/Ward)]
    • Bad news: Tom Wilson and Brooks Laich are still injured. Good news: They should hopefully be back by Friday. Key word: hopefully.[WaPoNBC4]
    • With Wilson on the sidelines, Barry Trotz kept Beagle on the top line, and explained the thinking behind the move. [WaPo]
    • "Sometimes we've just got to paint the barn... sometimes we want to paint a Picasso." What a great line. [CSNW]
    • The second line of Johansson, Andre Burakovsky and Troy Brouwer has been a very successful one for the Caps so far. [WaPo]
    • Heading into last night's game, the Blue Jackets were on an eight-game losing streak - and the Caps knew that made them extra dangerous. [CSNW]
  • Burakovsky, Liam O'Brien and Caps legend Rod Langway got to spend the afternoon on the former presidential yacht, the USS Sequoia, with some lucky veterans. [Monumental video]
  • The Hershey Bears met Santa Claus and sat on his lap and there are pictures. And yes, they are as magical as you would imagine. [Patriot-News]
  • Finally, happy 52nd birthday to Mark Hunter.