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Friday Caps Clips: Regulation Requiem

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Examining the rubble as a streak comes to an end.

NHL: Washington Capitals at Edmonton Oilers Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Lies, damn lies, and statistics. [Japers Rink Radio]
  • Oh noes! The Capitals have lost two games in a row (in regulation) for the first time since March 2015. That’s a span of 99 games. [WaPo, Dump-n-Chase, RMNB]
  • Coach Trotz thinks this may be more about attitude than execution. [CSNMA,
  • Braden Holtby says a little adversity may actually be a good thing for this squad. [CSNMA]
  • Is it sort of a hangover from their playoff loss? Karl Alzner leans that way. [PHT]
  • It’s totally a DC sports thing. [FiCP]
  • The Captain isn’t shy about accepting responsibility for poor power play production... [WaPo]
  • ... but even though the special teams are stinky right now, a few players are playing quite well, Ovechkin included. [CSNMA]
  • It’s going to be okay, you guys. Probably. [RMNB, and again]
  • Here’s a few leftovers from the loss to the Oilers:
  • Five takeaways. [NoVa Caps]
  • Ovi gave his stick to a tiny Caps fan and we can’t even. [WaPo, RMNB]
  • Rink rank! [Rink]
  • Philipp Grubauer could be in the goalie spotlight as George McPhee sizes up his expansion draft. [THW]
  • The Hershey Bears are pinking the rink on Sunday and hope you can join them. [Caps Outsider]
  • Ilya Samsonov, Connor Hobbs and other Caps hopefuls featured in this Prospect Report. [CSNMA]
  • Oh hai there, Tom Wilson’s ladyfriend. [Daily Caller]
  • Former Cap Tim Bergland’s daughter Emily is tearing it up at Bemidji State. [inforum]
  • Finally, yesterday Deadspin published a long feature by Dave McKenna about the life and sad death of sportswriter par exellence Jennifer Frey. I was shocked to learn that she had passed, as I remember well her work at the Washington Post but somehow failed to notice that her byline went away. Here at the Rink we all share a love of sports and words and words about sports, and her words were pretty damn good. She wrote so many amazing stories, and sports reporting is better for her having been a part. Thank you, Jennifer, and rest well. -30- [Deadspin]