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Wednesday Caps Clips: Checkmate

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: A closely-contested game ends in victory for the home side, Williams and Richards have successfully faced their former team, Batya's back and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • "I'll backcheck when I'm dead" and other mots bon for the Lig's elite teams - The Caps' week in preview. [Rink]
  • Jagr may be ageless, but Alex Ovechkin seems to be, er, youthening. [Rink]
  • Recaps of yesterday's victory from us, Vogs (plus game notes), Monumental video (Trotz, Grubauer, Orpik, Williams, Kuznetsov, Burakovsky, Chimera, Sutter, Brown, Muzzin), NHL.com, WaPo, CSNMA (gamer, rewind), CBS DC, AP, FrankovicPeerless, DSP, NVC, S&S, Friends in Cold Places and RMNB, and from the visitors' room, LA Times, OC Register and Kings 101.
    • It sure felt like a playoff game. [PHT]
    • Evgeny Kuznetsov 's gamewinner came as a result of a grinding, pay-the-price dominant shift by the second line. [RMNB, theScore]
    • But really, that goal rocked. [sovsport.ru (link in Russian)]
    • Brooks Orpik had remarkably little rust to shake off in his return from injury. [WaPo]
    • In which Drew Doughty describes his play that started the Anze Kopitar shorthanded goal sequence: "They were looking for Ovechkin every single second of that power-play. I just tried to bait him into making that pass, make him think he had it and took it away right after I saw him look that way. I was happy I made that play, and happy we scored on it, but we didn’t win, so I am not a happy man after that game." There's lots of other good quotes too. [LA Kings Insider (and again)]
  • Lest we forget, Justin Williams and Mike Richards were playing against their former team. A team with which they won a pair of Stanley Cups, just in case we had forgotten, and perhaps needed a reminder. About the Stanley Cups, two of them, that they won when they wore black and silver. For the Los Angeles Kings, who were playing against their new team, the Capitals, on Tuesday night:
    • "So, Stick, what do you miss about playing in LA? Other than everything, we mean."  [Fox West (video)]
    • Current Kings talk about the former Kings. Anze Kopitar notes he had dinner with Williams and Richards on Monday night. [Fox West (video), LA Times]
    • Mike Richards is pretty chill about the whole deal, actually. Pay no attention to the pile of carbon-fiber dust at his feet and the half-shredded stick shaft in his hands. [NHL.com]
    • Nope, not just another game. Nope. Nope. [WaPo]
    • Kings bench boss Darryl Sutter is so over it. That was then, and this is not then anymore. [PHT]
  • Notes and assorted whatnot from the morning skate:
  • "The man who is probably going to win the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year is worried about his hockey team...." [National Post]
  • Jason Chimera and the power play of productivity. [RMNB]
  • Finally, happy 59th birthday to Archie Henderson.