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Tuesday Caps Clips: A Loss and a Loss

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recaps of last night's loss on the Island, Winter Classic updates and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Great players make those around them better, and Alex Ovechkin is (was?) making Brooks Orpik look as good as he's gonna look. [Rink]
  • In fact, the forwards, in general, are doing their part. [Rink]
  • Another couple of wins, another bunch of up arrows (and a few downers). [Rink]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's come-from-behind-loss (it's a thing) from usVogs, Monumental video (TrotzOvechkinHoltbyLaichFehr), NHL.comWaPoCSNW gamer, blog), PeerlessRMNB, DSP (gamerthree stars), Stars and Sticks and BrooksLaichyear
    • There's the loss and then there's the loss - Orpik left the game after a nasty-looking knee injury and wouldn't return... but maybe "it's not as bad as it looked." [WaPoRMNB]
  • Updates from yesterday's morning skate:
  • The Winter Classic is nearly upon us. Here's what's what from Monday:
    • Whether the weather be cold, or whether the weather be hot, we'll be together whatever the weather, weather we like it or not. [Monumental (video), Capital Weather GangPHT]
    • Capitol Dome, Reflecting Pool... awesome. [DC Sports BogCSNW]
    • You knew that a Classic in D.C. would be heavily laden with patriotism, and having Bob McDonald, Caleb Green and the rest of the Army Chorus sing the anthem is a perfect way to hit all the right notes there. [RMNB]
    • Lee Greenwood? Not so much. [RMNBMusic News Nashville]
    • Where to eat, drink and be merry before and after the game... [WaPo]
    • ... and maybe the night before. [RMNB]
  • His mailing address may have changed, but Barry Trotz is still Barry Trotz. [NHL.com]
  • Here's an idea: optimize the top line. [Stars and Sticks]
  • The power, it is ranked. [ESPNSB NationThe Score]
  • Apparently 2014 wasn't all that memorable. [DC Sports Bog]
  • Connor Carrick is doing some things in Hershey. [Patriot-News]
  • I read the news today, oh boy, about a lucky man who owns the Caps. [SI.com]