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Sunday Caps Clips: Road Trip Respite

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The team takes a break while we all wait for it to be Wednesday.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • With a spectacularly successful road trip complete and the next game not until forever Wednesday, the team was granted the weekend off. They return to Kettler for practice on Monday.
  • Last season's record in the second match of back-to-back games was abysmal, so Barry Trotz made it a priority for his squad to turn it around. [CSNMA]
  • Sweep! [DC Pro Sports Report]
  • Cellying Evgeny Kuznetsov's hattie:
    • He's becoming the center of attention. [WaPo]
    • Humble and gracious - Kuzya was worth the wait. [NoVa Caps Fans]
    • The best barometer of fan appreciation? When they name their pets after players. Introducing U-Guinea Kuznetsov. [agliberman.com]
  • Some leftovers from #CapsOil:
    • All those goals! So shiney. [CSNMA (video), RMNB]
    • Tic-tac-toe from TKO as the Caps' top line put on a passing clinic. [THN]
    • Sure, Philipp Grubauer 's season debut could have gone better, but at least it wasn't worse. [WaPo]
  • The good folks at NoVa Caps Fans are tracking the Caps' faceoffs for the 2015-16 season, and they have filed their first report. [NVC]
  • A familiar face scored the overtime power play game-winner for Hershey in their home opener. Know Chris Bourque, know win. No Chris Bourque, no win. #fact [Patriot-News, @ChocHockey]
  • That seismic shift you felt just before 7pm last night was Hershey GM Doug Yingst announcing that the 2015-2016 season will be his last at the helm of the Hershey Bears Hockey Club. He is retiring after 34 years with the team, with an unparalleled legacy of awesome. [TheAHL, Chocolate Hockey]
  • Can't spell Halloween without "Oh, Alex." [CSNMA, CBC.ca, The Complex, RMNB]
  • Finally: "He was my best teammate I’ve played with, obviously, with his skill and personality.  I learned a lot from him. I was lucky to play with him. It’s going to be an honor to beat his record." Alex Ovechkin is three goals away from tying Sergei Fedorov for most-NHL-goals-scored-by-a-Russian, and a fourth goal from taking the title outright. [NY Times]