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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps salvage a point, Ovechkin meets a former young fan, Madison Bowey is hurt and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's shootout loss from us, Vogs (plus game notes), NHL.com, AP, WaPo, CSNMA (gamer, rewind), Peerless, FiCP, NoVa Caps, RMNB and All About the Jersey.
  • On a night when the opposing goalie had the proverbial hot hand, the Caps’ penalty killers got the only goal past him... [CSNMA]
  • ... and Evgeny Kuznetsov heard it from his coach for his poorly-timed and poorly-placed drop pass that ended up behind Braden Holtby. [theScore, CSNMA]
  • Which is kind of a shame, because otherwise Kuzy’s pregame rescue of his captain was a pretty cool story. [RMNB]
  • In other mended fences news, Alex Ovechkin learned that Devils rookie Miles Wood was beefing with him. Pregame, Wood shared the story that ten years ago he had sent an autograph request to Ovi with a promise to lay a check on him if Wood didn’t get that signature. Well, he did get that signature, pregame, and he left with probably the best souvenir possible - the extra standings point from his team’s shootout win. [Puck Daddy, Sportsnet, northjersey.com]
  • Jakub Vrana experienced another big-league first - his first healthy scratch. Coach wanted him to get a look from upstairs. [CSNMA, WaPo]
  • Lars Eller is not putting up points just yet, but his line benefits from his play regardless. [RMNB]
  • Appreciating Nicklas Backstrom (item #4). [Puck Daddy]
  • The Hershey Bears will have to make do without defenseman Madison Bowey for an indeterminate amount of time. He underwent surgery yesterday to repair a tendon that was partially lacerated by a skate in the Syracuse game. [CSNMA]
  • Ilya Samsonov and Team Russia had a good game, but couldn’t quite contain Team USA, losing 3-2. [NoVa Caps]
  • Finally, happy 51st birthday to Jim Thomson.