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Monday Caps Clips: All For Naught

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Pondering a points-less weekend, prospect updates, the team arrives in Phoenix and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The Week That Was, Volume Six. [Peerless, RMNB, ILWT (with the Metro lowdown)]
  • Leftovers from a point-less weekend:
    • #CapsBlues: Postgame notebook.
    • Coach Trotz likes what Tom Wilson is bringing and wants to know when his teammates will back him up. [WaPo, PHT]
    • A top-five power play is useless if a team is never awarded the opportunity.  The Caps ponder how they might go about drawing some penalties. [WaPo]
  • Hershey rode a revived power play and Chandler Stephenson's successful penalty shot to a 3-2 victory over the Baby Pens. [Patriot-News (and again)]
  • Prospect updates:
    • Jakub Vrana had a pair of shiny pretty apples to lead Linkoping over Skelleftea 3-1... [RMNB]
    • ... and last week he got to play in his hometown with family and friends in the stands as Linkoping paid a visit to Spartak Praha. Vrana had an assist on the game-tying goal as the Lions won 2-1. [isport.cz]
    • Riley Barber was named NCHC Offensive Player of the Week with a 2 goal, 2 assist, plus-5 performance over a weekend series with Colorado College. [Miami Athletics]
    • Madison Bowey got some face time on the NHL Network as "Rogers Hometown Hockey" spotlighted Kelowna, BC. [NHL.com]
    • Travis Boyd remains sidelined with a lower-body injury, and his absence is definitely felt - Minnesota was swept by Minny-Duluth for the first time since 2009. [USCHO]
    • Zach Sanford scored his first career goal for Boston College and the Eagles' 3-2 victory over Michigan State was head coach Jerry York's 501st, tying legendary coach John "Snooks" Kelley for the most BC victories. [Boston Globe]
  • Off-ice Caps - The team got an off-day in Phoenix for a little R&R. [RMNB]
  • The great Kevin Paul Dupont shares some memories with Ottawa GM and former Caps head coach Bryan Murray, who is dedicating what time he has left to advocating for everyone to get screened for colon cancer. Call your doctors, folks. [Boston Globe]
  • Finally, happy 65th birthday to Gord Smith and happy 59th birthday to Dennis Maruk... who no doubt will be known as "Pee Wee" well into his 90s.