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Sunday Caps Clips: Six on the Sabres

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Grapes and apples for everybody as the Caps polished off the Sabres, Backstrom saucers his way up multiple leaderboards, Steve Oleksy gets his first win as Bears' captain and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's win from us, Vogs (plus game notes), Monumental video (Trotz, Ovechkin, Holtby, Beagle, Green, Nolan, Sabres' room, 40th Anniversary Tribute - Calle Johansson),, AP, WaPo (gamer, blog), CSNW (gamer, hilites), Frankovic, DSP (plus three stars), RMNB (gamer, blogs), Talk the Red, and from Buffalo's end of the ice, Die by the Blade and Sabre Noise.
    • Make room at the top of the Caps' assist leaderboard. Nicklas Backstrom added two helpers last night to amass 51 on the season and 418 in his NHL career joined Michal Pivonka as the all-time Caps co-leader. His next apple makes history... [Caps Outsider, Expressen]
    • ... just the way his linemate sez it should be. [@alex_prewitt]
    • "I grabbed the monkey off [ Brooks Laich 's] back and threw him into the 300s, I think," [ Tom Wilson ] told me. "Hopefully he won’t be back anytime soon. It’s definitely a weight off Brooksy’s shoulders." [RMNB]
    • Would he or wouldn't he?  Alex Ovechkin was a game-time decision, and he would, and he did, and notched goal number Orpik plus an assist for his sixth and seventh points in the month of March. [RMNB, Caps Outsider]
    • Best wishes, Burra. Andre Burakovsky has been re-re-assigned to Hershey until further notice. [@VogsCaps]
  • The Hershey Bears beat the Hartford Wolf Pack 5-3 to remain atop the division, conference and League standings boards. [Patriot-News]
  • The Caps' ECHL affiliate South Carolina Stingrays finished off the Gwinnett Gladiators 3-0 to push their winning streak to 15 games.  They go for win number 16 today at Greenville. []
  • Since the Caps news is a bit light today, here's a few interesting hockey stories from around the League:
    • The Flyers and their goalie coach have parted ways, and the circumstances are odd to say the least. Take a moment to feel for Steve Mason, and then pop up some popcorn. [, Broad Street Hockey (and a partial rebuttal from the GM)]
    • "... walking into a locker room for the first time and seeing guys across the room who have punched you in the face before … yeah, it’s a bit awkward."  Ryan Kesler talks about what it's like to be the FNG. [Players Tribune]
    • Guys, Patrice Bergeron is the leaderiest leader who ever leadered. He's leaderific! []
    • Scott Cullen reports from the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. [TSN]
  • The Caps have a new fan in Kansas City after the Royals signed 6'10" right hand pitcher Chris Young, who happens to be married to Dick Patrick's daughter. [Kansas City Star]
  • Finally, happy 46th birthday to Rob Zettler, happy 38th to Chris Clark, happy 52nd to Mike Lalor, happy 44th to Rob Pearson, and a few fond "whoop whoop"s for Larry Murphy, who turns 54 today.