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Thursday Caps Clips: The Day After the Day After

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Shaking off the misery of another playoff disappointment, what the future holds and more.

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  • Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov will look to shake off their disappointment by representing Russia at the World Championships. [WaPoAP]
  • As for the Swedes, Nicklas Backstrom and an injured (oh?) Marcus Johansson will sit out the tournament, but Andre Burakovsky is a tentative addition for the Tre Kronor. [Expressen]
  • A few final notes on the final game of the season. [Dump 'n ChaseCSNMAPost-GazettePensblog]
    • If you can stomach it, feel free to relive the overtime winner... or just shove glass under your fingernails. Same effect. [Pensburgh]
  • This loss means that Ovechkin is once again left to ponder what could have been. []
  • But everyone should probably stop pitting him against Sidney Crosby. Not because Crosby won - because it's dumb. Hear, hear! [Vice]
  • In Ovi we trust. Always. [FiCP]
  • Oh the Ovechkin narratives. [THW]
  • He actually showed up against Pittsburgh, but this series was a good example overall of how star players - on both sides - get shut down come playoff time. [CBS Sports]
  • Predicting the future for Michael Latta, who becomes a restricted free agent this summer. [NoVa Caps]
  • Why were they eliminated? Let us count the ways. Fun. [WaPoCSNMANHL.comThe Score]
  • It may not have been the biggest reason, but the loss of Karl Alzner to injury certainly didn't help matters in Game 6. [WaPo]
  • Neither did the series-long disappearing act performed by Kuznetsov, one of a handful of budding stars to have a less than impressive postseason. [THW]
  • New year, same questions. [NHL.comWaPo]
  • But don't call it a choke job. [WaPoStarsandSticks]
  • Earlier this year, GM Brian MacLellan stated that he felt the team had a two-year window. It's down to one. [CSNMA]
  • Another second-round exit might mean that there's something in need of fixing - in this case, though, there's not a whole lot to fix. [WaPo (and again)]
  • In fact, there's hope. Hope, damn it! [THNSINBC4]
  • The ending was another heartbreaker, but that was still a hell of a season. Don't overlook that. [FtFTHW]
  • That it ended in Round 2 against the #2 seed is, once again, that stupid - and unfair? - playoff format. [CSNMA]
  • Also a reminder (not that anyone needed one) that winning the Stanley Cup is not easy. [WashTimes]
  • In fact, some of the best regular-season teams in recent memory have bowed out before doing so. [AP]
  • Craig Laughlin took time to hang out with some fans and raise money for charity on Tuesday night. Good man. [Caps Outsider]
  • The Hershey Bears have taken a 3-2 series lead over the WBS Penguins thanks to a feisty 5-3 win last night. [ABC27SentinelLD NewsTimes-TribuneLancaster Online]
  • And congrats to the Stingrays, who defeated Adirondack in double OT last night to advance to the Eastern Conference Final... against, amazingly, the Penguins' ECHL affiliate. [ECHLCBS6]
  • Finally, happy 57th birthday to Dave Christian.