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Friday Caps Clips: By a Whisker

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps pull out a close one against the Cats, Kuzya is practically on a plane headed Stateside, the trade deadline looms and more.

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Joel Auerbach

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's win from us (plus the night in gifs), Vogs, Monumental video (Oates, Ovechkin, Backstrom, Laich, Brouwer, Carlson), NHL.com, WaPo, CSNW, Frankovic, Peerless and RMNB, and from the visitors' bench, Sun Sentinel and Litter Box Cats.
    • Goals upon goals. [Capitals Voice (Brouwer, Laich, Becky, Brouwer, Ovi)]
    • And a save for the books... Tim Thomas commits grand larceny on Mike Green while falling all over himself. [PHT, RMNB]
    • Hey Mikhail Grabovski, be okay, okay? [WaPo, PHT, RMNB]
    • Nicklas Backstrom shakes off Sochi the best way he knows how. [RMNB]
    • The Captain will see your go-ahead goal and two assists, and raise you two assists and a gamewinner. [RMNB]
    • Via Elias: Alex Ovechkin's tiebreaking goal with 4:17 remaining in the third period was the game-winner for the Capitals in their 5-4 victory at Florida. It was Ovechkin's seventh career game-winning goal versus the Panthers, matching his highest GWG total against one club. He's also scored seven game-winners versus Tampa Bay and Atlanta/Winnipeg.
  • Your Capitals Minute for today. [CV]
  • When he's not busy dishing sweet assists to Troy Brouwer (for Backstrom goals), Martin Erat is still wanting a trade. Let's keep him busy dishing sweet assists, then. [WaPo, PHT]
  • Marcus Johansson rejoined the team in Florida, but did not play after feeling "lousy" in warmups. [WaPo, @kcarrera]
  • Today's Evgeny Kuznetsov Magic 8-Ball Meter sez: "As I see it, yes." [RMNB]
  • Difficult road to the playoffs is difficult. [WaPo]
  • Ten stretch-run storylines. [USA Today]
  • The advent of the stretch run means the trade deadline is imminent.  What should the Caps do?
    • They should stand pat. [NBC4]
    • They should go all in for Ryan Kesler. [Rant Sports]
  • Down in Hershey, Doug Yingst also keeps an eye on the trade winds.  He has a wish list of his own. [Patriot-News]
  • The Erie Otters have spent the season being excellent, but have hit a rough patch at an inconvenient time - the runup to the playoffs. [goerie.com]
  • Finally, from the Where Are They Now? files, Kris Beech is suiting up for the Capitals once again - the Vienna Capitals of the Erste Bank Hockey League. [Kleine Zeitung]