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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The players put down the brooms and pick up their sticks, a Caps prospect scores an historic goal and it's time to kick cancer to the curb. Is it Wednesday yet?

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Hockey Fights Cancer this month, with the Caps suiting up for battle on Wednesday. Here's how you can help - today, tomorrow, and always. [Rink]
  • The team returns to practice today at 10:30am as they prepare to play the Flightless Fowl on NBC's Rivalry Night. Which is, approximately, eleventy billion days from now.
  • The Week That Was, Volume Two. [Peerless, RMNB, Stars & Sticks, NoVa Caps Fans]
  • Jason Chimera is working his assets off. [WaPo, S&S]
  • The backup goalie role is still an adjustment for Philipp Grubauer. [CSNMA]
  • Assistant coach Todd Reirden wants his defensemen to know where they stand with him, so he and Nate Schmidt talked about what got him out of the lineup to begin with. "It’s going to be a competition, I think, for a while," Reirden said. [WaPo]
  • Down a level, Hershey wrapped up its first three-in-three weekend with a shootout loss to grab 5 of 6 available points. Madison Bowey scored his first pro goal. [Patriot-News (gamer, photos)]
  • Prospect updates:
    • Zachary Sanford is 4-2-6, +5 in six games for Boston College, skating on a line with Minny Wild prospect Alex Tuch. Here's the story of two unlikely linemates. [BC Heights]
    • Thomas Dipauli is 2-1-3, -1 in four games for Notre Dame.
    • Shane Gersich is 1-0-1 in 2 games for North Dakota. He's been off-ice the past two weeks, for reasons that remain unclear.
    • Defenseman Connor Hobbs is 4-3-7, +4 in 11 games for the Regina Pats. Here he is talking about regaining "the scoring touch." [Pats TV]
    • Goalie Ilya Samsonov is holding his own in limited action with Metallurg Magnitogorsk. In his two starts and spot relief duty, he has a .933 S% and 1.53 GAA, but the team is in freefall and recently changed coaches.
  • Finally, freshman forward Steven Spinner had a hat-trick of firsts on Friday: He scored his first NCAA goal for the first-time ever first-ranked University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks, and it just happened to be the first goal ever scored in their brand new barn. He added another goal for a 4-2 victory over Air Force. Fantastic! [Mavericks Today, KETV (video with highlights), @sjspinner, and video below by @nicolegreg21]