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Friday Caps Clips: Breakdown Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Pain and failure appeared to be the main themes of the XIV Breakdown Day at Kettler.

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Your savory slightly sour breakfast links:

  • Ah, Breakdown Day. The Narrative pretty well captured the spirit of the thing. [Rink]
  • Aftermath:
    • Picking up the pieces... [DSP]
    • ... and trying to figure out what the hell just happened. [CBS DC, WashTimes]
    • Takeaways. [Stars and Sticks]
    • Peerless took a long look at this Caps-Pens series, and earns the "if you click on only one link, make it this one" tag for his troubles. (But really, please to be clicking on all the links.) [Peerless]
    • Players, fans, and newspaper columnists are all still searching for answers. [WaPo]
    • "Give up on your dreams," CSN's Michael Jenkins advised, as he downed a festive adult beverage on-air. [CSNMA, Busted Coverage, Awful Announcing]
    • The "window" discussion creeps back into the conversation. [WashTimes, CSNMA]
    • The Great One has the Gr8's back. [Edmonton Journal]
  • Looking ahead:
    • Evgeny Kuznetsov hopefully learned some things to make him a more effective player next year. [PHT]
    • Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov are expected to play for Team Russia on Saturday in their match against Switzerland. [lenta.ru]
    • Team Sweden officials are a bit out of sorts as Nick Backstrom has declined their invite to Moscow without a suitable explanation. [Aftonbladet]
  • And in happier news, the Hershey Bears lead their series 3 games to 2 as they prepare to eliminate the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Baby Pens at the Giant Center tonight, and the South Carolina Stingrays open their Eastern Conference Final series vs. the (Pens ECHL affiliate) Wheeling Nailers tonight as well.
  • Finally, happy 31st birthday to Jaroslav Halak.