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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Caps fall in OT, Ovechkin pulls out of the All-Star Game, and more.

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  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's OT loss from us, Vogs, Monumental video (Caps: TrotzBurakovskyCarlsonBackstromSchmidtHoltby; FlyersHakstolGiroux),
    NHL.comAPWaPoCSNMAFrankovicPeerlessDSPRMNBFriends in Cold PlacesStarsandSticksCaps OutsiderPhilly.com, and Broad Street Hockey.
    • Congrats to Karl Alzner: Iron Man. [Monumental videoWaPoNoVa Caps]
    • Just as the Caps get one player back, another falls, as Marcus Johansson left the game with an upper-body injury. [WaPoRMNB]
    • Last night marked the beginning of this year's Courage Caps sale, the annual tradition that helps raise funds for families of those who have died fighting for our country. [WaPoNoVa Caps]
  • News came out postgame that the team has opted to pull Alex Ovechkin from this weekend's All-Star festivities, citing a nagging lower-body injury for the captain. [Caps, Monumental video (Ovechkin), NHL.comPuck DaddyTHNWaPoCSNMA (and again), SportsnetThe ScoreRMNBAP]
  • His oft-overlooked linemate is still going, though, thanks in part to Barry Trotz's tireless lobbying. [WaPo]
  • The Caps are putting up historically good numbers this season - but are they cut out for the playoffs?[NHL.comRink]
  • Of course, now that they've opened up double-digit leads in the division and the conference, the trick will be to stay dominant without getting bored. [WaPo]
  • NHL coaches (mostly) agree: the Caps, and their individual pieces, are pretty darn good. [TSN.ca]
  • Ovechkin's reach as a role model has helped boost youth hockey participation in the area - including creating the future superstars of women's hockey. [USA Hockey]
  • The Caps-Flyers rivalry is one that goes back decades, to their Patrick Division days. [NoVa Caps]
  • Taking a look at the unheralded players on every Metropolitan Division team. [Pensburgh]
  • News and notes from yesterday's pre-game skate. [Dump 'n Chase, Monumental video (TrotzCarlsonRinkside Update/Schmidt)]
    • John Carlson is BACK! [Friends in Cold Places]
    • Getting to play beside Ovechkin and Backstrom has to be like winning the hockey lottery, and T.J. Oshie has the golden ticket. [WaPo]
    • Oshie is part of a pretty magical power-play unit with those two (and a few others), as well. [Special Teams Project]
    • After months of forced time off, Mike Richards is starting his long road back to an NHL career right here in DC - and no matter what he says, facing his former team last night meant something. [Philly.comCSNMA]
    • Speaking of Richards, his court hearing, originally scheduled for this weekend, has been adjourned until next month. [WaPoAP]
  • Last night marked the first time that former teammates Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth faced each other at opposite ends of the non-practice rink. [RMNB]
  • Amazingly enough, the majority of NHL coaches still like the whole coaches' challenge thing. [TSN.ca]
  • Checking in with goaltending prospect Vitek Vanecek. [StarsandSticks]
  • Finally, happy 67th birthday to Jack Egers, and happy 50th to Michal Pivonka.