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Friday Caps Clips: Taking Down the Champs

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recaps of last night's win over the 'Hawks, exciting Backstrom updates and more.

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  • Recaps and other assorted musings from usVogs, Monumental video (highlightsTrotzOvechkinHoltbyNiskanenStephensonOshie), NHL.comAP, WaPo (gamer, blog), CSNMA (gamerblog), FrankovicSovSportStars and SticksRMNBDSP, and from up Michigan Avenue, Chicago TribuneChicago Sun-TimesNBC ChicagoDa Windy City and Second City Hockey.
    • Congrats to T.J. Oshie on picking up his first goal as a Capital... on the power play, natch. He'll fit in just fine here. [Monumental videoPuck DaddyCaps Outsider]
    • Braden Holtby: Still awesome. [CSNMA]
      • Per Elias: Braden Holtby made 26 saves as he backstopped the Capitals to a 4-1 victory over the Blackhawks in Washington. Holtby has won all three of his games versus Chicago over the last two seasons, holding the Hawks to a total of five goals in those three games. Though the Capitals are in a different conference than Chicago, Holtby's three wins against the Blackhawks over the last two seasons tie him with Winnipeg's Michael Hutchinson and Colorado's Semyon Varlamov for the league high.
    • The game featured a nice little reunion for a couple of North Dakota alumni in Oshie, Taylor Chorney and 'Hawks captain Jonathan Toews. Well... nicer for some than others. [CSNMA]
    • Seriously, Russians, just get out of here with this play. [CBS Sports]
    • And while he may never replace "Game Over," don't sleep on John Carlson. Per Elias: Defenseman John Carlson's first goal of the season was the game-winner in the Capitals' 4-1 victory against the Blackhawks. Only four of Carlson's first 43 career goals were game-winning goals, but including his final two goals last season his last three regular-season tallies have been decisive.
  • A few thoughts on Patrick Kane's arrival in DC, and how we as fans can try to be better. [Rink, with more from Puck Daddy]
  • Reviewing Tuesday night's loss from the perspective of coach, players, fans and stats. [THW]
  • The new coach's challenge is getting high marks from goalies, and from coaches not named Barry Trotz. [CP]
  • One of the franchise's earliest (and most memorable) coaches, Tommy McVie is now 80 years old... and still at the hockey rink every day. [Edmonton Journal]
  • News and notes from yesterday's brief practice:
    • In general. [Dump 'n Chase, Monumental video (TrotzChorneyRinkside Update/Carlson)]
    • Sounds like Nicklas Backstrom could be inching ever closer to a return. How much closer? Might want to get your tickets for Saturday's game if you haven't already. [NHL.comCSNMA]
    • Disappointed in his team's performance Tuesday night, Trotz wasted no time in shuffling the lines a bit and bringing Chandler Stephenson up for his NHL debut. [CapsWaPoStars and SticksCSNMA]
    • Now that Mike Green is gone, other blueliners have had to fill the void, particularly on the power play - and Matt Niskanen is feeling up to the challenge. [Pressbox DC]
  • The Caps may have found a strong fourth-line center in Michael Latta. [TSS]
  • A few wins last night aside, the Metropolitan Division has not been quite as good as people thought it might be to start the season. As in not good at all. [GrantlandRink]
  • The ability to scout goaltenders is an important one for any franchise - but it's also insanely difficult. [ESPN ($)]
  • After losing out on the backup job to Philipp Grubauer, Justin Peters is settling in to his new gig in Hershey with class. Go get 'em, Petey. [Patriot News]
  • The Caps' prospects are off to a strong start to the season on their respective farm teams. [CSNMA]
  • To commemorate the shooting in a Charleston church back in June, the Stingrays will be wearing and auctioning off special "Charleston Strong" jerseys - and you can bid on them online. [NBC2]
  • Finally, happy 30th birthday to Jay Beagle, happy 48th to Joe Murphy, and raise a glass to the memory of the late Steve Atkinson, who would have been 67 today.