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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, NHL.com (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.