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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recapping a Caps win and a bittersweet return, the World Cup rosters are out and more.

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  • Recaps and other assorted musings from us, Vogs, Monumental video (Caps: TrotzOshieChorney, WinnikGrubauer; Leafs: BabcockCarrickRiellyGreeningBernier, Laichhighlights), NHL.comAPWaPoCSNMAFrankovicSovsportStars and SticksRMNBPeerlessNoVa CapsFiCP,and the Leafs.
    • New Maple Leaf Brooks Laich got a touching tribute from his old team, and his fans. [CSNMARink]
    • Big week for Taylor Chorney, who became a first-time father and then picked up his first goal as a Capital. Dad strength! [Monumental videoNoVa Caps]
    • Speaking of firsts, it was a Caps game against roughly 538 rookies - of course someone scored his first NHL goal. Congrats, Nikita Soshnikov. [PPPToronto Sun]
  • The (preliminary) rosters are out... get ready for the World Cup of Hockey! [CapsWaPoFriends in Cold Places]
    • Team Russia, unsurprisingly, boasts the most Caps of any team with Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov all making the cut. [Monumental video (OvechkinKuznetsov
      Orlov), RinkWashTimesCSNMARMNB]
      • Ovechkin believes Kuznetsov has some pretty great potential. [CSNMA]
    • Also unsurprising? Nicklas Backstrom getting the nod for Team Sweden... [Caps, Monumental video (BackstromRinkCSNMAPuck Daddy]
    • ...and Braden Holtby nabbing one of the three goalie spots for Team Canada. [Caps, Monumental video (Holtby), RinkCSNMARMNB]
    • Meanwhile a couple of Olympic teammates will be back in red, white and blue with John Carlson and T.J. Oshie being selected for Team USA. [CapsCaps OT, Monumental video (Oshie), RinkNewsday]
    • After this year's tournament, look for the next one in 2020. []
  • Why Alex Ovechkin is the NHL's best all-time goal scorer. [SI]
  • So Mike Milbury and Pierre McGuire are praising the Caps. Time to stock up on canned goods. [WaPo]
  • Perhaps it might be time to end that Brooks Orpik - Dmitry Orlov experiment. [RMNB]
  • News and notes from yesterday's pre-game (non-)skate:
    • In general. [Dump 'n Chase, Monumental video (TrotzLaich)]
    • Laich shared his thoughts on returning to DC and facing the team he left just a few days ago. [WaPoWashTimesCSNMA (and again), WTOPAPPHT]
      • Ted Leonsis talks about the trade that sent Laich to Toronto. [CSNMA]
      • N'aww, "Uncle" Brooks. [PPP]
      • Laich's resiliency and positive attitude make him a role model for his new team and for others. [Sudbury Star]
  • The recent showdown between Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel called to mind a meeting of another pair of fresh-faced rookie phenoms over a decade ago. [Peerless]
  • A few leftovers from Tuesday's win over Pittsburgh. [Dump 'n ChaseTSNPost-Gazette (and again), PensblogFriends in Cold PlacesTHWPSN]
  • Meet the newest Capital, Daniel Winnik. [NoVa CapsTHW]
  • The power play has struggled of late; how concerned should Caps fans be? [NoVa Caps]
  • The sales of this year's puppy calendar raised more than $44,000 for Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. That's a lot of puppy lives saved! [Caps]
  • Finally, happy 53rd birthday to Kelly Miller, and happy 32nd to Alexander Semin.