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Monday Caps Clips: Well, That Was Fun

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The All-Star Tournament ends early for Team Metro, but a good time was had by all, and the team gets back to work today at 2:15pm at Kettler.

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  • Well, that was fun. The Metropolitan Division bowed out of the 2016 NHL All-Star Game tourney in the first round, dropping a 4-3 decision to the Atlantic Division [CSNMA, Tennessean]:
    • Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his first career All-Star goal right off the mask of Roberto Luongo, putting the Metro up 2-1 over the Atlantic... [RMNB]
    • ... and then wily Jaromir Jagr deked all over Braden Holtby to even the score as the clock ticked down to the end of the first half. [NHL.com, theScore, RMNB, @TheCauldron]
    • Exit interviews. [Monumental video (Trotz, Holtby, Backstrom, Kuznetsov)]
    • Barry Trotz experienced a weekend of appreciation, as Nashville opened its arms and hearts for the coach who forged their franchise. As Braden Holtby noted: "Everyone says they want Barry back, but they're not getting him from us." [NHL.com]
    • Players and coach all enjoyed their Nashville experience, but it won't be distracting them from their ultimate goal in Washington. [WaPo, WashTimes]
    • Sunshine and sand seemed to be the theme for the Caps not in Music City this weekend. [NoVa Caps Fans]
  • Down a level, the American Hockey League is also on its All-Star Break. Chris Bourque and Connor Carrick are representing for the Hershey Bears:
    • Sunday night was the Skills Competition night (the All-Star Game is tonight), and ultimately the West prevailed, 19-14. [theAHL.com]
    • Bourque got Rapid-Fire and Shooting Accuracy duties; Carrick was tapped for Hardest Shot and Best Hair, apparently. [Chocolate Hockey (gifs)]
  • The Week That Was, just barely. [Peerless, NVC (and again), All About the Jersey (with the Metro lowdown)]
    • "More answers than questions" is rarely a headline you'll see for any teams' season midpoint, so enjoy. [Dump-n-Chase (Part 1, Part 2)]
    • Update number three for a season of tracking the Caps' faceoffs. [NVC]
    • February presents a whole new set of challenges for this Caps squad. [Friends in Cold Places]
  • Where do the NHL's best snipers shoot from? The best of the best shoots from anywhere he darn well wants to, but the diagrams are still pretty cool. [Sportsnet]
  • Related: Scoring is down across the League, except for... [TribLive]
  • Prospect updates:
    • Riley Barber had a monster 4-point night vs. Syracuse, scoring his first pro hat-trick... [Chocolate Hockey]
    • ... and take note that Scott Gomez (not listed here as a Caps' prospect, mind you) has been skating on a line with Barber and Nathan Walker, has 1-8-9 boxcars in his last 5 games, and is in Hershey at the urging and direction of Adam Oates, who is hoping that strong AHL play will pique the interest of another NHL team. [NYT]
    • Prospect defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler scored his first goal for ZCS Lions. [SwissHabs]
  • Finally, NHL.com has debuted its new look. Thoughts? [NHL.com]