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Thursday Caps Clips: Not Sticking to the Script

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: An uncharacteristically sloppy game predictably ends in defeat, Mike Richard got good news on the legal front, optimism abounds and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recaps of last night's loss from us, Vogs (plus game notes), Monumental video (Trotz, Ovechkin, Backstrom, Burakovsky, Orpik), NHL.com, AP, WaPo, CSNMA (gamer, rewind), PeerlessDSP, NVC and RMNB, and from the visitors' bench, Eyes on the Prize, Hockey Inside/Out and Montreal Gazette.
    • "We thought it was going to be an easy game, but we can’t play like that," Alex Ovechkin said. [CSNMA]
    • An early multiple-goal deficit led Coach to yank Braden Holtby for some message-sending... [CSNMA, Sportsnet (video)]
    • ... and Trotz also pulled out his line-blender. [CSNMA]
    • Looky, this game helped the Habs build some trade value! [Sportsnet, and related thoughts by @JapersRink]
  • So, Caps, you do know that you're not required to give up that first goal, right? [S&S]
  • Thumbs up for the Caps' great record and also their playoff chances... [TSN, NHL.com]
  • Holtby draws closer to Martin Brodeur 's "magic number". [USA Today, Le Journal de Montreal]
  • "When you choose to [become a UFA], you look for a place where you will have the opportunity to play a big role. That was my main challenge. I did not [want to] find myself on a third line and no time on the power play. The Capitals have fulfilled their words. They give me every opportunity. They also ask me my opinion; I play the role of a veteran." Justin Williams speaks to the Montreal press about his decision to sign in Washington. [Le Journal de Montreal]
  • Notes and assorted whatnot from the morning skate:
    • In general. [Dump-n-Chase, Monumental video (Trotz, Two-Man Advantage)]
    • "The depth of the team is pretty high and everybody knows we’re capable of doing good things this year. Of course we can talk about, ‘Yeah we’re going to win the Stanley Cup’ and all that kind of stuff. But we aren’t going to do it if we’re not working hard on the ice," said the Caps' captain. [CSNMA]
    • Mike Richards received the welcome news that his legal problems related to his border arrest appear to be over. [TMZWaPo]
  • Finally, happy 26th birthday to Stefan Della Rovere, 45th birthday to Byron Dafoe, happy 65th to Andre Peloffy, and happy 30th to the ol' double nickel himself, Jeff Schultz.