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Saturday Caps Clips: Merry and Bright

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps head into the holiday break with a win.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The Brett Connolly conundrum. [Rink]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's shutout win from us, Vogs (plus game notes), Monumental video (Trotz, locker room),, AP, WaPo, CSNMA (gamer, rewind), Frankovic, NoVa Caps, RMNB, Bolts by the Bay, Tampa Bay Times and Raw Charge.
  • By the third period, the team was focused on preserving Braden Holtby’s shutout bid. [CSNMA]
  • Alex Ovechkin had a nifty breakaway goal, and a vintage Ovi hit - 240 kinetic pounds of Nope.
  • Oh, and Tom Wilson notched assist #1 on the season. [RMNB]
  • Fans were treated to an excellent Festivus celebration during the second intermission. [CSNMA]
  • News and notes from yesterday's pregame skate. [Dump 'n Chase, Monumental video (Trotz, Two-Man Advantage, Rinkside Update/Connolly)]
  • Wait, they’re scratching Nate Schmidt? Boo. [RMNB]
  • Goalie mask painting maestro David Gunnarsson debuted Braden Holtby’s new bucket, and it’s a beauty. For example, look at the detail around the chin area. Gunnarsson has a little flock of Weagles there, and the negative space between them turns into (South Carolina) Stingrays. Wow. [DaveArt Instagram, Caps Outsider, NoVa Caps, RMNB]
  • Sportsnet is handing out some end of the year awards, and in 2016 they really liked one of Evgeny Kuznetsov’s assists. [Sportsnet]
  • In a similar vein, USA Today drew up a list of one Xmas gift for each team. The Caps’ list includes more offense from Alex Ovechkin. He scored, so we won’t need the gift receipt for an exchange. [USA Today]
  • Lars Eller bobblehead? Lars Eller bobblehead. It’s available for donors at INOVA’s next blood drive on January 28. [Caps Outsider]
  • Check out these excellent Caps’ prospect reports. The kids are alright. [Caps Outsider, CSNMA]
  • Finally, TJ Oshie’s 30th birthday looked to be going well:

Happy b day Oshe babe!its gr8 to have man like u in the team!wish u all the best!

A photo posted by Alexander Ovechkin (@aleksandrovechkinofficial) on

  • Happy holidays from all of us at the Rink to our readers, commenters, lurkers, contributors, and hockey fans everywhere!