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Friday Caps Clips: Devil of a Time

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps escape with an OT victory over New Jersey, women's pro hockey comes to the States and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's *whew* OT win from usVogs, Monumental video (TrotzNiskanenFehrWilsonOrpikHoltbyhighlights), NHL.comAPWaPo, CSNW (gamerblog), PeerlessFrankovic, DSPRMNBStarsand (and again), and In Lou We Trust.
    • From Elias: Matt Niskanen scored the first overtime goal of his NHL career to give the Capitals a 3-2 win over the Devils on Thursday. Niskanen is only the second defenseman other than Mike Green to score an overtime goal for Washington over the last six seasons. Green has scored five OT goals for the Capitals since 2009-10, and Dennis Wideman scored one in Pittsburgh on Oct. 13, 2011.
    • No countdown of the 40 greatest Caps in franchise history is complete without THE greatest, the DMV's own Jeff Halpern. [Monumental (video), Capitals Voice]
    • As if a certain fast food chain hasn't gotten enough free publicity lately... [SBNationThe ScoreWaPoCSNWRMNB]
  • After a few years of consistent (and often unfair) criticism, it seems the rest of the League is once again realizing what we've always known: Alex Ovechkin is incredible. [Rink]
  • This October, there will be a professional women's hockey league in the United States. Let's hear it for the NWHL! [RinkSCoCPuck DaddyOutlook Hockey]
  • Break out the dry erase board, it's time to take a closer look at how the Caps play in the neutral zone under Barry Trotz. [Along the Boards]
  • News and notes from yesterday's pregame skate:
    • In general. [Dump 'n Chase, Monumental video (TrotzRinkside Update/Latta)]
    • A tough road ahead lies ahead as the Caps finish out the season, which is just fine with them. [Pressbox DC]
    • Looks like Jay Beagle may be out for at least a little bit longer. [WaPo]
    • The Caps knew going into this one that last night's game would be a big one, and their opponent not one that they could overlook. It showed (at least for the first 30 minutes). [WaPoCSNW]
    • It also marked the return.......of Adam Oates. *ominous music* [WaPo]
    • Hope Braden Holtby got some rest over the recent four-day break, because he's not likely to get much more unless the Caps clinch a playoff spot. [CSNW]
  • Who do Islanders fans want to see in the first round? Hint: It might not be the Caps. [Eyes on Isles]
  • Worst. Trade. Ever. [WaPo]
  • If they're looking for a pint-sized scoring prospect, the Caps may want to take a look at undrafted KHL star Steve Moses. [StarsandSticks]
  • Down on the farm:
    • Make that 22 wins in a row - and counting? - for the South Carolina Stingrays. Holy guacamole. [Fayetteville Observer]
    • The Bears are headed for a huge showdown against one of the other top teams in the East, the Manchester Monarchs. [Patriot-News]
    • Dmitry Orlov is on track to play his first game since the World Championships, while Tomas Kundratek is the latest member of the organization to become a proud papa. [Patriot-News]
    • Pics of Orlov, Christian Djoos and others at practice for the Hershey Bears. [Starsand Sticks]
  • When lawmakers take on lobbyists in a game of hockey, is anyone really a winner? [WaPoRMNBHuffington Post]
  • Take a trip down memory lane to a time when Scott Stevens was a Washington Capital. [StarsandSticks]
  • Farewell, Crazy 8's. Study hard. [RMNB]