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Sunday Caps Clips: Zapped by the Bolts; 'Yotes @ Caps Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The underlying numbers remain strong, and the game results remain somewhat less than strong. Keep on keeping on, Caps.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's loss from us (quickcap, recap), Vogs, Monumental video (Trotz, Backstrom, Carlson, Brouwer, Holtby),, WaPo (gamer, blog), CSNW, Peerless, DSP, Frankovic, RMNB, BrooksLaichyear for the #fancystats and from Tampa, Raw Charge.
    • Recommended reading - the Bolts' radio announcer's review of the game. []
    • When Alex Ovechkin hits the ice, he really hits the ice. [RMNB (offense, defense)]
    • All hail the Ice Panda. [RMNB]
    • Tom Wilson 's Fist o' Fury marks its emphatic return (scroll down). [ (pic)]
  • Previews of tonight's do-si-do with the Desert Dogs, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals at Five For Howling. [Caps TodayVogs, Peerless, Caps Outsider]
  • News and notes from the morning skate in Tampa:
  • Pheonix Copley's shutout streak and the Bears' three-game winning streak were both ended in Worcester, as the Sharks scored five goals to Hershey's four. The Bears will close out their three game roadie in Manchester. [Patriot-News]
  • Meanwhile in South Carolina, Caleb Herbert responded to his demotion by scoring his first pro hat trick to lead the Stingrays to a 4-2 victory over the Greenville Road Warriors. His first goal of the night came on the power play, snapping the Rays' 0-for-23 power play drought. [Stingrays (recap, game highlights (audio))]
  • The Caps' improved puck possession and more well-rounded play make them one of the top ten October NHL surprises. []
  • Congrats to the Caps' fancystats champion, captain Alex Ovechkin. [BLY]
  • Only days after a four-point weekend earned Caps prospect Travis Boyd Big Ten First Star of the Week honors, he blocked a shot late in Friday's game at St. Cloud State and will be out for at least a month with Ye Olde LBI. [SBN College Hockey]
  • Finally, Karl Alzner is donning the captain's C as he prepares to lead the Caps to Movember supremacy. Donate early and often! [Caps Outsider]