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Sunday Caps Clips: For The Win

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps won their home opener after a glamorous red carpet walk, Daniel Winnik becomes a hero, Justin Williams 'splains himself and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's win from us, Vogs, Monumental video (Trotz, Caps' room),, AP, WaPo, CSNMA (and rewind), Frankovic, NoVa Caps, RMNB, and from Lawn Guyland, LHH, Newsday, NYI Skinny and Yes! Islanders.
    • Aw, Ice Cheetah. The Caps had a nice tribute video for ol' number 25... [@Capitals, RMNB, NoVa Caps]
    • ... and the Ice Cheetah thanked Washington's "first-class" fans... [CSNMA]
    • ... after the customary pregame "trash talk", of course. [CSNMA, Yes! Islanders, WaPo]
    • All hail Daniel Winnik, unlikely hero. [CSNMA (Goal 1, Goal 2)]
    • The DC sporting circle of unfulfilled dreams came complete with the arrival of many members of the Washington Nationals, now that their season has once again come to its untimely end. [RMNB]
  • The team arrived to their home opener in red-carpet style... [Monumental (video), RMNB (player selfies), CSNMA (and again), FiCP (photos), WJLA]
  • ... plus the fans could see all the hardware they won last season. Shiny! [Caps Outsider]
  • Nicklas Backstrom talks about heading up the Tre Kronor Line... [CSNMA]
  • ... and from Thursday's game here's a darn good example of his leadership, vision, and smarts. [RMNB]
  • Coach Trotz's fellow Team Canada coaches couldn't share any "secret sauce" for winning championships - they just stuck with what worked for their teams and got the lucky bounces. So coach will stick with his plan and hope for some freaking luck come springtime. [WaPo]
  • Speaking of springtime, everyone knows Alex Ovechkin is going to do his thing with goals and assists. The important question is who else on the team will step up? Braden Holtby and John Carlson, we're talking to you. [Vice]
  • Justin Williams is sorrynotsorry but mostly not sorry about his run-in with Evgeni Malkin on Thursday. Malkin was jumping ugly with Holtby, and Williams was having none of it. [CSNMA]
  • The Hershey Bears have had a bit of a rough start to their season, dropping the to 0-2 with a 3-0 loss to the Binghamton Senators... [TheAHL, Patriot-News]
  • ... and they have reassigned six skaters to South Carolina. [Live 5]
  • Finally, happy 31st birthday to excellent human being, Jay Beagle, happy 49th to Joe Murphy, and raise a glass to the memory of the late Steve Atkinson, who would have been 68 today.