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Saturday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Rangers Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps return to Broadway, Ovechkin eyes goals number 498 thru 500, RichardsMania continues and more.

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  • Alex Ovechkin draws ever closer to that mystical 500-goal milestone; with three goals to go, in The World's Most Famous Arena™ and playing in his 800th game, everyone's getting ready to celly. [NHL.com, AP]
    • The Gr8 is still hungry...  [ESPN]
    • ... and perhaps just a wee bit tired of answering this question. [Fox Sports]
    • Relive the glory of The Goal with just about every person who was in the arena that day (excepting Wayne Gretzky, sadly), and then wait through the ad to get John Feinstein's taek. [PHT (video)]
  • Previews of this afternoon's rumble with the Rangers from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL.com, Peerless, S&S, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals at Blueshirt Banter.
    • The NHL Department of Player Safety assessed Marcus Johansson a two-game suspension for his hit on Thomas Hickey in the Islanders game... [Rink, NHL.com, Puck Daddy, RMNB]
    • ... and the Caps recalled centerman Paul Carey from the Hershey Bears with his 12 goals and 11 assists on the season so far. [Chocolate Hockey]
    • The Rangers are bracing for impact preparing for a measuring stick game. [nj.com, NYDN, WSJ, LoHud]
    • It's a big day for ice hockey at the Garden - #CapsNYR at one, Harvard-Quinnipiac at 7pm, and then the United States Military Academy vs. the United States Naval Academy at 10:30. Club hockey ahoy! [Capital Gazette]
  • Mike Richards Mania resumed as he took the MSG ice for the first time in a (this is still really weird) Capitals sweater. [Monumental (video), Caps OT (one, two, three), @ChuckGormleyCSN]
    • Coach sez he's not playing today, and prob'ly not for some time. [WaPo]
    • The new guy held a presser, which his Captain promptly crashed. [Monumental (video), RMNB, @ikurshudyan]
    • He's just happy to be here... [NYT]
    • ... and isn't offering any apologies. [ESPN]
    • Looking ahead to a time when MR10 is ready to suit up for a game, whose roster spot, position, and/or ice time will take a hit? [S&S]
    • A reminder - How the Caps landed Mike Richards, and why. [WaPo]
    • The Kings traded for Vinny LeCavalier on the same day the Caps signed Richards. Which club helped itself more? [ESPN]
  • A few leftovers from Thursday's win in Brooklyn:
    • Rank 'em! [Rink]
    • Add a secondary assist to Ovechkin's 497th goal for Brock Myles, the equipment manager who telepathically communicated with Ovi's stick to get the new stick ready before Ovi even knew it was broken. [FTW]
    • That goal was Ovi's 930th regular season point - add in his 70 postseason points and there it is -  his 1000th point in the National Hockey League. [Soviet Sport]
    • The German press was pretty bummed that the two Deutschegoalies Philipp Grubauer and Thomas Greiss were relegated to bench duty. [ran.de]
    • Mike Richards attended the game, but had to go shopping in Justin Williams' locker to get something appropriate for the occasion. [Caps Outsider]
  • Speaking of Williams, he had some thoughts about his new team, his linemates, his captain, his coach and his goaltender. All of them great. [TSN]
  • Finally, happy 49th birthday to Jamie Huscroft, happy 58th to Dwayne Lowdermilk, and happy 61st to former bench boss Bruce Boudreau.
  • One more - a few years back the Great Eight scored a memorable goal - at Madison Square Garden - to collect his 500th career point. Four hundred and thirty points later, perhaps the circle comes complete.