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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Caps win their penultimate preseason game in the shootout after duking it out with the Bruins.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recaps and other assorted musings on yesterday's preseason victory over Boston from us, Vogs, Monumental video (Trotz, Kuznetsov, Oshie, Holtby), NHL.com, WaPo, CSNMA, Frankovic, DSP, Stars and Sticks and NoVa Caps Fans, and from the other end of the ice penalty box, CSNNE, Boston Herald, and Stanley Cup of Chowder.
    • "Old style big bad hockey" is back in Beantown, baby... and so the fists flew. [CSNNE]
    • Probably nobody should stand in front of or near the net when Alex Ovechkin is shooting pucks at it. Ask Matt Irwin; he'll tell you it's just not safe. [theScore]
    • Oh hai there, swoop-tastic Skycam. [Caps Outsider]
  • News and assorted whatnot from Kettler:
    • In general. [Monumental video (Trotz, Orpik, Two-Man Advantage), NoVa Caps Fans,
    • The team announced two more roster cuts as Zach Sill and Connor Carrick are reporting to Hershey. [WaPo]
    • Brooks Orpik skated in a non-contact jersey and is still angling for the season opener. [WaPo]
    • The team has a timetable, more or less, for the return of Nicklas Backstrom - circle November 1st on your calendar, and work back from there. [WaPo, CSNMA]
    • Jay Beagle will be your opening night third-line centerman. [WaPo]
  • Previews and prognostications:
    • Number 3 in the NHL Super 16 rankings. [NHL.com]
    • Atop the Metro by virtue of their right wolf wing strategy. [USA Today]
    • A Blueshirts blogger casts a wary eye at the retooled Caps. [Blue Line Station]
    • Fourth in the East. [stltoday.com]
    • All hail the contenders! [Grantland]
    • "The only other players that have topped 90 goals the last three years are Steven Stamkos (97), Joe Pavelski (94), Max Pacioretty (91), Corey Perry (91), Tyler Seguin (90) and John Tavares (90).Those are the best the NHL has to offer right now as goal scorers. Look at those names. Look at those totals. And then remember that Alex Ovechkin has 139 over the same time span. There is not a more terrifying player in the NHL with the puck on his stick. If you can't appreciate this guy and what he does, you're missing out on something special." [CBS Sports, and similarly, NESN]
  • Checking in on Philipp Grubauer 's pending season. Hint: He'll be styling that baseball cap for most of it. [Peerless]
  • The maestro of all uniform ephemera, Paul Lukas, reviews the Lig's throwbacks and thirds, and rates the Caps' new third a big fat meh. [ESPN]
  • Finally, happy 43rd birthday to Michael Nylander, and we wish Mike Vogel the happiest of birthdays as well.
  • One more - The Rink wishes all success and happiness to Alex Prewitt as he departs the Caps beat to assume his new duties at Sports Illustrated. [WaPo, John Walton (interview)]