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Monday Caps Clips: Grinding 'em Out

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps take a two-game winning streak into the new week, the team is learning how to win even if Ovi isn't scoring, Liam O'Brien gets ticketed to Hershey and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The Week That Was, Volume Nine... [Peerless, RMNB, Stars and Sticks, ILWT (with the Metro lowdown)]
  • ...and the week ahead. [BrooksLaichyear]
  • Leftovers from a four-of-six-available-points-and-two-regulation-victories week:
    • #CapsDevils: Postgame notebook.
    • Caps are learning how to win when Ovi doesn't score. Sigh. [CSNW]
    • At least the penalty kill seemed a bit sturdier. [WaPo, CSNW]
    • A goal-scorer's goal, scored by goal-scoring Jay Beagle. [RMNB]
    • "I know his aunt and uncle had practically the whole team over last night. They fueled him up right and he obviously had a big game." [Global Post]
  • Liam O'Brien has taken his tongue-wagging talents to Hershey...[Caps Today, WaPo (and again), Stars and Sticks, @alex_prewitt]
  • ... and rode shotgun to Chocolatetown with chauffeur/goalie coach Mitch Korn in plenty of time to suit up for the Bears' 3-2 loss to the Baby Pens... [Patriot-News]
  • ... on Teddy Bear Toss day, in which Steve Oleksy fired the teddy bear goal just 39 seconds into the game. So where ya going with that big ol' stuffed bear, Philipp Grubauer ? [RMNB]
  • Who might replace Justin Peters? Y'know, if the team wanted to or something.  [Brooks Laichyear]
  • Prospect updates:
    • Jakub Vrana and goalie prospect Vitek Vanecek have received their invites to Team Czech Republic's WJC selection camp. [@CapsPR]
    • Madison Bowey is the only right-handed defenceman on Team Canada's selection camp roster. [Kelowna Daily Courier]
    • Travis Boyd has recovered from his seven-game injury break and returned to action on Friday in style, scoring the eventual game-winner at the 3:25 mark of the first period. [Pioneer Press, @GopherHockey]
    • Here's what a Shane Gersich power play goal sounds like. He currently leads the USHL in PP goals scored, with seven in twenty games played. [@OmahaLancers]
    • And finally, Zach Sanford had an eventful game against New Hampshire, with an assist, a trip to the sin bin, and an unscheduled visit to the Wildcat bench (see below). [BC Athletics]