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Tuesday Caps Clips: Exhibition Finnish

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: A trio of Caps returns to Verizon Center ice, a trio of Caps returns to the scene of many horrors and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The World Cup is giving the nine Caps participating a leg up on getting ready for the NHL season. [WaPo]
  • Team USA got settled here in DC for some practice time ahead of tonight's Finnish throwdown at Verizon Center. [Caps OTWCH]
  • Hear from the Caps' American trio as they (briefly) return home for a pre-tournament stop. [Monumental video (NiskanenCarlsonOshie)]
  • The Swedes are also in town, readying themselves for a fight once the tournament gets underway this weekend. [NoVa Caps]
  • Alex Ovechkin and the rest of the Russian Caps ventured into enemy territory, taking to the Penguins' practice facility as they prepared for tomorrow's final exhibition game vs. Canada. [WaPoCSNMAWCH]
  • Of course, then Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov wandered even further into the abyss, hanging out with Evgeni Malkin and friends at Malkin's home. They'll never be clean again. [Instagram]
  • Returning to Pittsburgh brought up the subject of the playoffs, and Ovechkin is not a fan of a format that pits #1 against #2 in the second round. Hear, hear! [CSNMARMNB]
  • What might Lars Eller's first season as a Capital hold? [PeerlessStarsandSticks]
  • Roasting the Caps! [Caps Outsider]
  • This one's a real doozy, so gird your loins: Defending the Filip Forsberg Trade. [Caps Fans Report]
  • Finally, happy birthday to Jose Theodore, who turns 40 today.