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Saturday Caps Clips: Topping Tampa; Capitals @ Maple Leafs Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recaps of last night's victory over Tampa and previews of tonight's Hockey Night In Canada visit to Toronto.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recaps of last night's trussing of Tampa from usVogs (plus game notes), Monumental video (Trotz, Carlson, Chimera, Oshie, Johansson),, WaPo, CSNMA (and Rewind), AP, Frankovic, Stars and Sticks, DC Pro Sports Report, NVC and RMNB, and from the visitors' bench, Tampa Bay Times, Bolts Media, and Raw Charge.
    • Congrats to John Carlson for logging his 420th game in the National Hockey League, the last 400 of them in consecutive fashion. [CSNMA, S&S]
    • Related: Coach thinks Carly could model his game on Victor Hedman 's. [CSNMA]
    • That Evgeny Kuznetsov pass. Lordy, that pass. [RMNB]
    • "The cat jumping off his shoulders." [WaPo, RMNB]
  • Previews of tonight's Hockey Night In Canada mashup with the Maple Leafs from Vogs (plus game notes) and, and check out our SB Nation pals at Pension Plan Puppets for the other side of tonight's match-up.
    • The Caps haven't announced yet if Braden Holtby of Philipp Grubauer will be in goal tonight... [WaPo]
    • ... to face James Reimer at the other end of the ice. [Sun Media (and again)]
    • Five keys for the Leafs. [Sun Media]
    • An interview with Nicklas Backstrom : What are the Caps doing right? [Toronto Star (video)]
  • The Caps are sneaking up the power rankings again... [Rink]
  • ... even if they are still a bit under the radar. [THW]
  • USA Hockey interviews Cary Eades, currently the coach of the USHL Fargo Force, and also former coach of both Jonathan Toews and T.J. Oshie. He points to Oshie as one of the greatest examples he has of a player making the most of their opportunity and limited playing time. [American Development Model]
  • Calle Johansson has been freelancing as hockey commentator for Swedish network Viasat. [Expressen (via GTrans)]
  • Finally, former teammate Andrei Nikolishin was asked for comment on Alex Ovechkin's record-breaking goal:  "In my opinion, as a person he is absolutely not changed. His game has maybe become a bit more sensible... [w]hen he came into the league, there was a reckless[ness], mischievous[ness] - is now more reasonable." [Soviet Sport (via GTrans)]