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Thursday Caps Clips: Not a Creature Was Stirring

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The NHL takes a breather, Ovi takes Burra on a plane ride, the Caps' equipment crew takes stock for the Winter Classic and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • A few leftovers from Tuesday's loss to NYR:
    • Postgame notebook. [Dump-n-Chase]
    • The NHL changed the scoring, awarding a third goal to Rick Nash , which ups his tally total to 23 on the season. [Blueshirt Banter]
    • "A late-game high stick in MSG? That's never hurt the Caps at all ever." [@RFCapsMoustache, Ted's Take]
    • We haven't seen the last of young Tom Wilson . [WaPo]
  • We are T-minus seven days for the Winter Classic:
    • Make sure to arrive hungry, because these District Duel delicacies look delish. [WaPo, Puck Daddy]
    • The Caps' equipment manager, Brock Myles, has been planning for this Classic since wheels up in Pittsburgh four years ago. It's all coming together now, if only those wretched skate guards would arrive. [WaPo]
    • Episode Two of TRttNHLWC on EPIX had many great moments, but few as precious as Nicklas Backstrom with his daughter, or Alex Ovechkin on an ice cream run. [RMNB (NB99, AO8)]
  • The end of the calendar year means one thing: World Junior Championships, baby!
    • Team Czech Republic has been getting a lot of buzz this year, and the strong play of Jakub Vrana is a big reason why. [THN]
    • "Canada['s defense] also boasts an interesting trio of puck movers in Shea Theodore, Madison Bowey, and Joe Hicketts. It's a group that doesn't bring a ton of experience to the tournament, but has the talent to be very good, especially if they're well coached..." [Habs EOTP]
  • The Christmas break arrived at just the right time for a road-weary team... [WaPo]
  • ... to chillax at home with the fam hop on a private jet to Miami. Oh, Alex. [RMNB]
  • Jayson Werth Gnome and Nicky Backstrom Gnome are working elves during the holidays, and other hockey-themed Christmas decorations. [Puck Daddy]
  • Finally, happy 63rd birthday to one-game-NHLer Brian Stapleton and Dave Kryskow, and happy 49th birthday to DDmitri Mironov.