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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps down Pittsburgh before facing the Toronto Maple Leafs... and Brooks Laich.

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  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's win from usVogs, Monumental video (Caps: TrotzWilliamsOshieNiskanenRichards; Pens: Sullivanroomhighlights), NHL.comAP
    WaPoCSNMAFrankovicRMNBFriends in Cold PlacesNoVa CapsTribLivePost-GazettePeerless, and Pensburgh.
    • T.J. Oshie certainly made his mark in this game (and at times the game made its mark on him). [CSNMA]
    • And that's #40 for #70. [The Score]
    • Via Elias: Former Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen scored the third-period goal that completed the Capitals' comeback from a 2-0 deficit and gave Washington its 3-2 victory over Pittsburgh. Niskanen is the second former Penguins player to score a game-winning goal to beat Pittsburgh this season; Max Talbot scored the decider for the Bruins against the Pens on December 16. Niskanen scored six game-winning goals in his final season with the Penguins (2013-14), setting a franchise record for game-winners by a defenseman in one season.
  • The new kids in town. [WaPo]
  • Tom Wilson is starting to grow into the player the Caps were hoping he'd be. [Rink]
  • Our own Kevin Klein checked in with John Walton for his weekly Caps Radio 24/7 hit, with more on Wilson's evolution and the Laich trade to Toronto [Rink]
  • The latest edition of our weekly look at individual Washington Capitals ups and downs. [Rink]
  • A few final thoughts on this weekend's big trade:
  • News and notes from yesterday's pregame skate:
  • Previews of tonight's Caps-Leafs throwdown from NHL.comPeerless, and the Toronto Star, and be sure to visit our SB Nation pals over at Pension Plan Puppets for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • Learn more things from Arik Parnass about how teams work on the power play. Today's lesson? Regrouping in the neutral zone. [NHL Special Teams]
  • Braden Holtby is eyeing a spot in net for Team Canada at this fall's World Cup. [NHL.com]
  • Winners, losers, and takeaways from a less-than-thrilling trade deadline. [NHL Chalk TalkFriends in Cold PlacesSports on Earth]
  • Congrats to Alex Ovechkin, who is the NHL's second star of the month for February (and we just won't talk about who was the third star). [CapsRinkNHL.comWaPoCSNMA
    Stars and SticksRMNB]
  • Not to be outdone, congrats to Riley Barber for earning Rookie of the Month honors after an eight-goal, 18-point February. [AHLStucc]
  • Looks like it's the end of the road (for now, at least) for Scott Gomez as a Hershey Bear, as player and team have mutually agreed to end the PTO. [StuccPuck Daddy]
  • That was just one of a handful of goodbyes for the Bears this week, as the trade deadline scattered some familiar faces and brought in new teammates. [NoVa Caps]
  • Washington, DC: where hockey and politics collide, in briefing rooms and on the ice. [USA HockeyHeard on the Hill]
  • Might the Verizon Center be getting a new name in the next few years? [Washington Business Journal]
  • Finally, happy 54th birthday to Peter Andresson.