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Friday Caps Clips: Right Over the Plate

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Joel Ward proves that he's just as awesome on the diamond as he is on ice, grading the Caps defensemen, and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • As the postseason continues on its merry way, the Peerless wonders - just how well did the Caps do against these lucky playoff teams this year? [Rink]
  • The Caps may have fallen just short of a spot of their own in the second season, but the fall from grace started long before the final weeks of the season. [Dump 'n Chase]
  • Alex Ovechkin is under fire again. Oh, is it a day ending in "-day" again already? [WaPo]
  • An argument for who should go first, George McPhee or Adam Oates... [Caps Circle]
  • ...and a rarity these days, an argument for keeping George McPhee around. [THW]
  • It's report card time again. First up? The defense. Hoo boy... [WaPo]
  • Joe Beninati offers his take on the Caps' lost 2013-14 season. [CSNW]
  • Thoughts on the future of Mike Green, the future of McPhee and Oates, and the future of the Caps' stacked right side. [NBC4]
  • Brooks Laich: "We have to have an identity." [CSNW]
  • Adam Oates: "[Ovechkin] is our identity." Glad we cleared that up. [CSNW]
  • Chatting with Evgeny Kuznetsov about his first NHL "season", his offseason plans, and sneezing. [RMNB]
  • The Puck Buddys have turned heel in favor of the winged wheel. Blasphemy! [Puck Buddys]
  • Happenings in Hershey:
    • First Caleb Herbert, now Chandler Stephenson - pretty amazing to have two guys score a goal on their first shot in their first professional hockey game. [Patriot-News]
    • Previewing tonight's huge, massive game between the Bears and Admirals. [Patriot-News, and again]
  • Very cool scene out at Nationals Park last night (until the game started, that is), as Joel Ward was invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for Jackie Robinson Day. [Caps OT, Caps OT pics (here and here and here and here and here), WaPo]
  • Players have probably been asked to sign some weird and wonderful things in their time, but probably none more so than this. [WaPo]
  • Finally, happy 37th birthday to Sebastien Charpentier and happy 36th to Boyd Kane.