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Wednesday Caps Clips: Window Starting to Close

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Reliving the glory of last night's 5-0 loss to Dallas, Ward and Chimera sub in for Walton and Vogel and more.

Patrick Smith

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Check out who was up and who was very, very down after another week of joyous Caps' hockey in this week's Ups and Downs. [Rink]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's 5-0 drubbing from us (with quotes, and relive the night in GIFs), Vogs, Monumental video (OatesOvechkinFehrAlznerCarlson), NHL.comAPSports XchangePHT, WaPo (gamer, blog) CSNWFrankovicTalk the RedRMNBGM on a Couch and Defending Big D.
    • That top-ranked power play is great, except when it's not. [RMNB]
    • The Caps weren't the most gracious of hosts, but some Olympians were in the house last night - and they brought a big check for the MSE Foundation to help fund youth hockey programs. [Monumental]
  • News and notes from out at Kettler:
    • In general. [Monumental video (OatesGreenJohanssonRinkside Update/Brouwer)]
    • The Caps have six games remaining. They believe they need to win five or six to get into the playoffs. You do the math. [CSNW]
    • A desperate Caps team was gearing up for a meeting with a desperate Stars team. Good thing that desperation translated to the ice equally for both tea-...wait. []
    • Read on to see why Mikhail Grabovski played last night's game on the wing and why John Erskine played last night's game at all. [WaPoCSNW]
    • Things aren't good in Caps Nation these days, but you can always count on Jason Chimera and Joel Ward to bring some much-needed comic relief. Worth a watch. [MonumentalWaPo]
    • Did Troy Brouwer kind of, sort of, pretty much call out his coaching staff? Yes. Yes, he did. []
  • The Caps have gone to overtime and/or a shootout 26 times, which is way too many. That said, we would have taken that over whatever last night was. [Ted's Take]
  • A few guys moved up and down the organizational ladder, as Chris Brown returned (a day after being sent down) and the Bears recalled defenseman Brett Flemming from Reading. [Caps, Patriot News (BrownFlemming)]
  • Boz has Adam Oates's back... for some reason. [WaPo]
  • The RMNB crew, however, perhaps not so much. [RMNB (and (again)]
  • Looking ahead to some highlights - and a few Caps games - as the final two weeks of the 2013-14 season lie ahead. [Grantland (DGB)]
  • And hey, here's something to look forward to: the NHL draft! Check out who the Caps might take come June. [ESPN ($)]
  • Finally, happy birthday to Owen Fussey and Joey Tenute, who both hit the big 3-0 today.