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Saturday Caps Clips: At Last; Caps vs. 'Canes Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recaps of last night's win over the 'Hawks, previewing tonight's clash with Carolina and more.

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  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's los-...oh hey, a win! From us (QuickCaprecap), Vogs, Monumental video (TrotzOvechkinWardHoltbyBurakovsky), NHL.comAPWaPoESPN ChicagoThe ScorePHT,  FrankovicDSPRMNBChicago TribuneCommitted Indian, and Second City Hockey
    • Brooks Laich's return doesn't just balance out the lineup - it also provides a boost to a penalty-killing unit that is in desperate need of one. [Rink]
    • Since this was a Winter Classic preview, it was a perfect time to sell some merchandise show off some Winter Classic gear. Be-toqued hockey players! [WaPo]
  • Putting the Caps' current success in Fenwick Close % in historical context - can it predict future success? [Rink]
  • Preview of tonight's battle with the 'Canes from, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partners over at Canes Country for the other side of tonight's match-up.
  • News and notes from yesterday's pre-game skate:
    • In general. [Monumental video (TrotzLaichOvechkinRinkside Update/Latta)
    • Despite being mired in a five-game losing streak, the Caps were opting for optimism ahead of last night's game. See what a little half-full glass can do? [WaPo]
    • Troy Brouwer reflects on his time with the Blackhawks, a tenure that resulted in a Stanley Cup ring. [WaPo]
    • Reunited, and it feels so good... [WaPo]
  • Nate Schmidt is probably better than you think he is. [RMNB]
  • The darkest hour is just before the dawn, and it was getting pretty dark around the internets prior to last night's win:
    • The team's problems aren't all on the goaltending, but the goaltending has certainly been a big part of it. [Rink]
    • We've got trouble, right here in Washington, DC. [Too Many Men]
    • Is it time for Brian MacLellan to start mixing things up? [CSNW]
  • Despite a few blunders in recent weeks, the Caps are playing better defense than they did last year (albeit a low bar to clear) - it just hasn't equaled wins. Yet. []
  • Checking in with the kids:
    • The Bears blew a lead late in the third and lost in overtime to the Baby Pens, but they only got even a point thanks to Philipp Grubauer. [Patriot-News]
    • Evgeny Kuznetsov isn't the only Russian cooling his heels on the sidelines; down in Hershey, Stanislav Galiev was scratched for the fifth time in seven games last night. [Patriot-News]
    • Thomas Dipauli is off to a fast start at Notre Dame this year. [South Bend Tribune]
  • Another episode of "Wardo and Chimmer", featuring Joel Ward, Jason Chimera and Jason Chimera's bruised face. The topic? Dealing with pain. [CSNW (video)]
  • Counting down the top five Alex Ovechkin moments (although I'm not sure I would be able to narrow it down to five)... [CBS DC]
  • ...and the top five pugilistic Caps moments from the past five years, if you're into that kind of thing, [CBS DC]
  • Pretty great memento from Alex Ovechkin's franchise-record 826th point - the stick he used, signed by the guys on the scoresheet with him. [Caps OT]
  • Give blood, get a Barry Trotz bobblehead that looks just about ready to make you take a skating test. [WaPo]
  • Finally, happy 46th birthday to Keith Jones.