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Monday Caps Clips: Stretching for the Stretch Run

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: With four games to go and still on the wrong side of the playoff chase, there's more looking back than looking forward.

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  • The weekend in Clips available here.
  • The team had Sunday off. Practice is scheduled today at Kettler at 10:30am.
  • The Week That Was, Volume 25. [Peerless, RMNB, ILWT]
    • Say, the Caps seem to be allowing quite the large number of shots against. [CSNW]
    • And their record is pretty terrible when scoring two or fewer goals in a game. Like last-in-the-League terrible. [WaPo]
  • Handicapping the wild-card race. It's pretty much what you'd think. [USA Today, THN]
  • Variations on a theme:
    • It's gotten late, early. [CSNW]
    • Salvaging the prime years of prime players. [XN Sports]
    • Might want to think twice before pointing the Flying Fickle Finger of Fate at the coach. [Dobber Hockey]
  • A few leftovers from Caps-Isles:
    • Five thoughts. [WaPo]
    • Team Sweden's coach Per Marts was on hand at Nassau Memorial to say "hej" to Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson, what with the World Cup just around the corner and all. [Aftonbladet (link in Swedish)]
  • Getting to know Tom Wilson. [THN]
  • Ranking the Caps' jerseys, from worst to first... [Rink]
  • ...and while you are feeling nostalgic, feast your eyes on the gloriosity of Bullets/Wizards unis through the years. [Mr. Irrelevant]
  • The Hershey Bears completed a six-point week with a 5-4 victory over Bridgeport. They hopped beck into 8th place in the East and have a shot at 7th with a game in hand on Albany. [Patriot-News, SHoE]
  • The Reading Royals clinched first place in the Eastern Conference this weekend and stand ready to defend their title. [Pro Hockey News]
  • Prospect update:
    • Andre Burakovsky is pointless so far in the second round but the Erie Otters are up two games to none vs. the Soo Greyhounds. They play again tonight at 7pm. If the Otters advance, they will play the winner of London Knights/Guelph Storm, currently tied one-all.
    • Newly-signed Madison Bowey is 1-2-3, +1 and the Kelowna Rockets are 2-0 in their second round series vs. Steve Konowalchuk's Seattle Thunderbirds. Game 3 is Tuesday night in Seatown.
    • Defenseman Garrett Haar has one assist and +3 in the Portland Winterhawks' second-round series w/ the Victoria Royals. The Hawks lead the series 2-0 and will play Game 3 tonight at 10pm Eastern.
    • Bowey and Haar will face each other in the Western Conference Finals if both of their teams advance.
    • Travis Boyd and the Golden Gophers of Minnesota are prepping for the North Dakota Fighting Sioux and the Phrozen Phour semiphinals, to be held in Philadelphia on Phriday. The winner will phace either Union or Providence for the national championship.
  • Finally, happy first anniversary to Jeff Halpern 's doughnut emporium. [Astro Doughnuts]