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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recaps of last night's win over the Canucks, Kuznetsov picks up a trio of assists, Backstrom gets his silver and more.

Rob Carr

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  • Just how unexpected were some of the Caps' more surprising wins this season? Take a look back at ten of them and find out! [Rink]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's win from us (with the night in GIFs and quotes), Vogs, Monumental video (OatesKuznetsovWilsonBeagleHalakBackstrom), NHL.com, Puck Daddy, APSports Xchange, WaPo (gamer, blog), CSNW (gamerblog), RMNBDSP, and from the great white northwest, Pass it to Bulis, the Vancouver SunVancouver Province and Nucks Misconduct.
    • Story of the night: Evgeny Kuznetsov picked up his first NHL point. And his second. And...then his third. Yeah, that'll do. [@CapitalsPRWaPoRMNBPHT]
    • The Canucks have had a rough go of things this season, and they didn't get better prior to yesterday's game when some mechanical difficulties left them stranded downtown. [Fort NucksNational PostPass it to Bulis]
  • Congratulations to Nicklas Backstrom, who found out yesterday that he would be receiving his silver medal. A bad situation all around, but the best possible outcome at this point. [VogsPuck DaddyNHL.comTed's TakeWaPoNBC4CSNWAPReutersPHT]
  • News and notes from yesterday's pregame skate:
    • In general. [Monumental video (Oates, Rinkside Update/Beagle)]
    • With 14 games left and just a point between the Caps and a playoff spot, it's time for some desperate hockey. [Pressbox DC]
    • It's obviously not the whole reason behind the Caps' possession struggles, but it's pretty tough to possess the puck if you don't start with it - and to do that you have to win faceoffs. [NHL.com]
    • Also tough? Winning games when you're constantly trailing. Or turning over the puck. Or doing all the other little things that add up - and have added up - over the course of a season. [VogsWaPo]
  • I still say last night's game would've been better if Adam Oates and John Tortorella just hopped over the boards and brawled at center ice... but apparently that wasn't likely. Weird. [CSNW]
  • Alex Ovechkin continues to be in the Hart Trophy conversation. Naturally that pesky plus-minus will hold him back, despite the fact that he's carried his team at times. [Puck Daddy]
  • As  Joel Ward continues to put together a career year for himself, that contract that once looked like an overpayment is now turning out to be a bit of a bargain. [THW]
  • Of course, the opposite could be said for Brooks Laich's contract as the forward continues to struggle with injury - and the buyout questions continue right along with him. [CSNW]
  • After this season, Ovechkin has seven years remaining on his deal - and if the Caps want to win him a Cup, some big changes are needed. [DSP]
  • Players and teams alike are responding differently to the recent Olympic break. [ESPN]
  • A look at the Caps' top ten prospects, including the guy who picked up a trio of assists last night. Future looks good, no? [Talk the Red]
  • Taking a look at how each of the 30 teams' websites rank in terms of traffic. Just like the team, the Caps' site ranks somewhere in the middle. [OtF]
  • Troy Brouwer has become notorious for videobombing his teammates this year; now he's taken his act to the fans. [RMNB]
  • Finally, happy 35th birthday to Jean-Francois Fortin, happy 33rd to Tyler Sloan, happy 32nd to Dave Steckel and happy 61st to Blair Stewart.