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Monday Caps Clips: Topping Toronto; Trade Deadline Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Captain collects goals 40 & 41 plus a share of the League scoring lead, Tim Gleason makes his Caps debut, the team trades for Curtis Glencross and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The trade deadline is today at 3pm Eastern time. Follow all the trade deadline news here... [Rink]
    • ... and see below for details of the Caps' acquisition of Curtis Glencross from Calgary. 
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's win from us, Vogs (plus game notes), Monumental video (Trotz, Ovechkin, Holtby, Gleason, Beagle, Mike Ridley 40th Anniversary tribute),, WaPo (gamer, blog), CSNW, AP, PeerlessFrankovicRMNB, DSP (plus three stars), Talk the Red, Stars and Sticks, Inside Hockey, and from the GTA, Pension Plan Puppets and Leafs Nation.
    • Alex Ovechkin scored his 40th goal of the season and opted to debut his new "Cold Butt" milestone goal celly in favor of his earlier "Hot Stick" routine... [RMNB, CSNW (and darn that sniper), Eye on Hockey, theScore]
    • ... causing Larry King (Larry King!) to make a True Twitter Confession. [RMNB]
    • From Elias: Alex Ovechkin became the NHL's first 40-goal scorer this season when he tallied 33 seconds after the opening faceoff in the Capitals' game against the Maple Leafs. Ovechkin, who also scored the second goal in Washington's 4-0 victory, has reached the 40-goal mark in seven of his 10 seasons in the NHL and he has been the first player in the league to hit that goal-scoring plateau five times (also 2007-08 through 2009-10, and 2013-14). The only other players in NHL history who were "first to 40" (based on the earliest date) in at least five different seasons are Bobby Hull and Phil Esposito, who did that six times each.
    • New Guy Tim Gleason was solid in his Caps debut... [CSNW]
    • ... as Newer New Guy Curtis Glencross arrived at the Phone Booth in the second period and watched the rest of the game from the press box. [WaPo, CSNW (Q & A)]
    • The night in scoring chances, as compiled by a Leafsblogger. [Maple Leaf Hot Stove]
  • The Week That Was, Volume 21.  [Peerless, RMNB, In Lou We Trust (with the Metro lowdown)]
  • Congrats to Alex the Gr8, who was named NHL Third Star of the Month for February. []
  • In other interesting Ovechkin news, AO8 has become the first-ever NHL player to sign a memorabilia deal with Fanatics Authentic. Notable is that his agent David Abrutyn is listed as a former senior VP for IMG. [Sports Business Journal]
  • The Buddys continue their terrific series of interviews with the Ambassadors of Hockey. This week, meet His Excellency Petr Gandalovič, Czech Ambassador to the US. [Puck Buddys]
  • The second (figurative) trade shoe has dropped - the Capitals announced they have acquired forward Curtis Glencross from Calgary in exchange for the Caps' second- and third-round 2015 draft picks. [RinkCaps Press Release, Flames Press Release,]
    • Glencross will wear Number 22 for the Caps [@CapsPR, @JapersRink]
    • That thing where you're practicing on-ice with your teammates, and then the coach's phone rings, and then you say goodbye. [Sportsnet (video)]
    • In general. [RinkPuck Daddy, PHT, Eye on Hockey, RMNB]
    • Analysis. [Globe and Mail, ESPN (video), DSP, Stars and Sticks, Dobber Hockey (w/the fantasy spin)]
    • "Glencross is a more significant addition, as he's easily a top-nine forward who plays a physical brand of hockey and has long had solid underlying numbers.He was a favorite of Capitals analytics consultant Tim Barnes back when Barnes was making his name as a stats blogger, and while he has declined a little over the years, he’s still outperforming his team’s Corsi average despite playing tough opposition and starting far more than his share of shifts in the defensive zone." [Bleacher Report, but do go read the whole thing]
    • And in other trade deadline news, Aaron Volpatti has cleared waivers, and Cameron Schilling was ticketed back to Hershey.
  • Hershey continues to roll, as Philipp Grubauer posted a 2-0 shutout over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to notch his probable 100th pro victory. [Patriot-News]
  • Kids these days - here's a quick swing around Capitals Prospectville:
    • Riley Barber responded to his healthy scratch with two goals and an assist in Miami's victory over Denver. Rawr. [WCPO, and again]
    • Shane Gersich has found his groove with the Omaha Lancers. []
    • Madison Bowey goes back to hockey school. [AK Hockey]
    • Zach Sanford has been contributing to his BC Eagles squad. [Union Leader]
    • Travis Boyd can score and defend. [@IceHockeyStick]
  • Finally, happy 34th birthday to Brian Fahey.