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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recaps of last night's win over the Ducks, looking ahead as they venture further into the West Coast abyss and more.

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  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's win from us (and revisit the night in GIFs), Vogs, Monumental video (Oates, Ovechkin, Halak, Carlson, Penner),, AP, WaPo, CSNW (video), FrankovicPeerlessDSP, RMNB and @ikeastan (pics).
    • Tom Wilson: sturdy. [RMNB]
    • And remember, kids, this is why you wear a visor. [RMNB]
  • Your Capitals Minute for today. [Capitals Voice]
  • Former Cap, current CSN analyst and FOB (friend-of-the-blog) Alan May checked in on yesterday's Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast to talk about the coast-bound Caps. [Puck Daddy]
  • News and notes from yesterday's pregame pond skate in Anaheim:
    • In general. [Monumental video (OatesWeyRinkside Update/Backstrom)]
    • Six days, three tough California teams and an uphill playoff battle ahead of them as the Caps venture into the NHL's Bermuda Triangle. [CSNWPHT]
    • The third game in that three-game set will be in San Jose, against a team that has inspired Adam Oates's line-shuffling. Um... thanks? [WaPo]
    • Now that he's finally here, the Caps (and all of us, really) are hoping that Evgeny Kuznetsov was worth the wait. So far, so good. [ESPN]
    • Dustin Penner is still searching for where he fits in on his new team as he gets set to face a couple of his old teams. Seems to be a good spot next to that Alex Ovechkin guy...  [WaPoCSNW]
    • ...of course, Penner is no Jay Beagle, who wants to run with the opportunity he's been given to play alongside one of the game's best. I bet. [WaPo]
  • The Caps are doomed - DOOMED - without Brooks Laich in the lineup. Except they've been without him off and on throughout the year and haven't looked that different, so...y'know. [THN]
  • That said, he is (or has been) an important part of this team for a long time. So hush your buyout talk, because here's why the Caps should hang on to Laich. [GM on a Couch]
  • This summer could be an interesting one when it comes to the Caps and Mike Green. [DSP]
  • Checking in on the farm:
    • Like the Caps, the Bears are on the outside of the playoff race looking in - and coach Mike Haviland is obviously not pleased about it. [Patriot-News]
    • Don't look now, but 2013 draftee Madison Bowey now has 21 goals for the Kelowna Rockets, setting a team record for goals by a defenseman... on a team that once had Shea Weber. [THN]
  • There could be changes on the horizon for how the NHL runs the draft lottery. It's probably not just that Pittsburgh is awarded all top picks from now on...probably not. [ESPN]
  • The NHL still trails the rest of the sports world in its acceptance and use of advanced stats - but they are making their way into the culture, slowly but surely. [ESPN ($), Toronto Star]
  • Celebrating St. Patrick's Hangover Day with the NHL's greatest Patricks. To be honest, most of those just increased the nausea but whatever. [Grantland (DGB)]
  • Tony Kornheiser thinks that Caps fans are unaware that the team is headed in the wrong direction. Someone's oblivious, Tony, but it ain't us. [WaPo]
  • Pretty sure the only thing funnier than watching Alex Ovechkin fill out his NCAA bracket is... well, me filling out mine. [WaPo]