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Tuesday Caps Clips: Holtby Steals One; Capitals @ Rangers Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recaps of the Caps' win over Ottawa, previews of tonight's game in Manhattan, Holtby's Winter Classic mask revealed and much more.

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  • Our own Stephen Pepper sat down with EPIX Executive Producer Ross Greenburg to talk about the Caps and the "Road to the NHL Winter Classic." [Rink]
  • Braden Holtby breaks out the Winter Classic bucket and pays homage to a Caps legend. [Rink]
  • Another good week for the team means another good week for our assessments of 'em. [Rink]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's win from usVogs, Monumental video (TrotzHoltbyBackstromGreenBeagle),, WaPo (gamerblog), CSNW (gamerblog), FrankovicRMNBStars and Sticks and BrooksLaichyear
    • The goals, in audio form. [Capitals Voice (BeagleBackstrom)]
    • Sick save, B. [RMNB]
    • Sick month, really. [CSNWThe Hockey News]
    • But not his best run ever. From Elias: "Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby made 38 saves in his 2-1 win against the Ottawa Senators. Holtby lost his first game this month (Dec. 2 vs. Vancouver) but he's 7-0-2 with a 1.75 goals-against average in nine games since then, matching his longest previous streak of consecutive decisions without a regulation loss in the NHL. Holtby posted an 8-0-1 mark (and a 1.01 GAA) over a nine-game stretch in 2010-11 (Jan. 20-March 26), his first season in the league."
    • In-game, the Caps honored one of the best, Peter Bondra. [Monumental (video)]
  • Previews of tonight's big game in the Big Apple from and Peerless, and check out our SB Nation partners over at Blueshirt Banter for the other side of tonight's match-up.
    • Might want to think twice before giving the cage to Holtby tonight. [Rink]
    • Six years ago tonight - the Miracle in Manhattan. [Rink]
  • Updates from yesterday's morning skate:
    • In general. [Monumental video (TrotzWardBurakovsky), Dump 'N Chase]
    • The Caps recalled Andre Burakovsky and Aaron Volpatti yesterday (and immediately placed the latter on IR). [WaPoCSNW]
    • Back to tonight's starter, no decision was made as of yesterday's skate. [WaPo]
  • More Winter Classic stuff:
    • More on Holtby's equipment... [Monumental (video), WaPoCSNWRMNB]
    • ... and a few words from the inspiration himself (well, not Uncle Sam, but you know what I mean). [Capitals Hill]
    • NObama. [RMNBPuck DaddyWaPo]
    • Ooooh... someone drew a picture of what it might look like next week... [CSNW]
    • ... and how it's actually coming along. []
    • What you need to know before you go. [NBC4]
    • Should I get in the hot tub? (Yeah!) Will it make me sweat? (Yeah!) Should I get in the hot tub? (Yeah!) Will it make me wet? (Yeah!) Well, well, well... [RMNBPuck Daddy]
    • What does CSNW have planned leading up to the Classic? [PuckBuddys]
    • Still more. [NBC4 (video), RMNB]
  • The Mike Green renaissance is real. [Express]
  • The power, it is ranked. [ESPNThe Hockey NewsSB NationThe Score]
  • Michael Latta is chipping in. []
  • On Barry Trotz's handling of his younger players... [Stars and Sticks]
  • ... and not-so-young players. [RMNB]
  • Projecting the All-Stars (i.e. which Caps won't get to go sun themselves for a weekend). []
  • The Caps are spreading holiday cheer because it's the holidays and they're cheerful. [D.C. Sports Bog]
  • Neat trick when you title your article "Alex Ovechkin isn't to blame for all Capitals' failures" and end it with "the clock on having the most disappointing career is ticking." []
  • Braden Holtby is underrated... [Stars and Sticks]
  • ... and a possible future goal-scorer. [CSNW]
  • Down a level, Philipp Grubauer is hot. [Patriot-News]
  • Remember that time that Mike Ribeiro did that good thing? [On The Forecheck]
  • Finally, happy 32nd birthday to Shaone Morrisonn.