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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Oshie tags #500, Ovechkin bags #513, and Orpik snags #1.

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  • Recaps of yesterday's victory from usVogs (plus game notes), Monumental video (Trotz, Holtby, Orpik, Kuznetsov, Latta, Hynes, Schneider, Boucher), NHL.com, WaPo, CSNMA (gamer, rewind), AP, Frankovic, Peerless, DSP, NVC, Friends in Cold Places and RMNB, and from the visitors' room, Fire and Ice, and All About The Jersey.
    • Milestones: T.J. Oshie played (and scored) in his 500th NHL game. [Caps Outsider, Monumental (in-game video tribute)]
    • Milestones: Alex Ovechkin 's 38th goal of the season was also the 513th goal of his career, tying him with Jeremy Roenick for 37th place on the all-time goal scoring list. Next up is Pierre Turgeon and his 515 goals. [RMNB]
    • Milestones: It only took Brooks Orpik 798 regular-season NHL games to score a gamewinner. And boy, was this one a dandy. [CSNMA, theScore]
    • That Kyle Palmieri goal-against? Yeah, Braden Holtby would like that one back. [CSNMA]
    • "One of the tougher losses I can remember recently," Devils' goalie Cory Schneider said. "We got the lead there and we see there is another level we need to get to in order to be considered a legitimate team, a contender. And they showed that they're the best team in the league for a reason." [nj.com]
  • Notes and assorted whatnot from the morning skate:
    • In general. [Dump-n-Chase, Monumental video (Trotz, Rinkside Update/Alzner, Two-Man Advantage)]
    • Beags is back! A big cheer and many stick taps occurred when Beagle took the ice for practice. He's still in non-contact gray, and won't be game-ready for at least a week, but still. [WaPo, CSNMA, Friends in Cold Places (pics), Monumental (video)]
    • As part of the Hockey is for Everyone weekend, the Caps hosted a clinic for visually impaired folks to Try Blind Hockey. Their special guest was Brendan Friedrich, a freshman at Heritage High School who has a tremendous "radio-guy" voice and a personality to match. Brendan toured Kettler, met the coach and Braden Holtby, then went to Verizon Center to meet Wes Anderson, John Walton, and announce warmups. [Baltimore Sun, Friends in Cold Places, Monumental (video), ABC7's Scott Abraham (one, two, three)]
  • It's probably nothing, but Holtby's numbers have dipped a bit lately. [WaPo]
  • Related, and the question must be asked as the trade deadline approaches: "Is this defensive group good enough to win a Stanley Cup Championship?" [Too Many Men on the Site]
  • Stat of the night: Prior to last night's game, Alex Ovechkin had only scored two goals lifetime against New Jersey on the power play. After last night, the tally remains at two. Here's how the Devils approach the Caps on the man advantage. [ESPN]
  • The Hershey Bears announced that Paul Carey had season-ending shoulder surgery on February 19. [Caps Outsider, Chocolate Hockey]
  • Finally, happy 30th birthday to Dane Byers.