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Thursday Caps Clips: Exhibition Exit

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Sweden gets a spanking, Russia hangs on and Orlov remains unsigned.

Hockey: World Cup of Hockey-Pre Tournament-Team Finland vs Team USA Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • The future is now (or soon!) as we continue the countdown of the Caps’ Top 25 Under 25. [Rink]
  • World Cup exhibition play wrapped up yesterday:
  • Team Sweden fell to Team Europe 6-2, a loss that has Nicklas Backstrom embarrassed and vowing for his team “to play better” as they face Russia on Sunday for their first game of the round robin stage. [WaPo, CSNMA, Expressen, NoVa Caps Fans]
  • Oh hai there Grubi! He got a little bit of camera time and a whole lot of practice wearing the “Europe Hockey” baseball bucket.
  • In Steeltown, Team Russia got handily outshot by Team Canada, but held their own. They took the game to overtime, where Ryan Getzlaf scored the gamewinner on a breakaway. [WCH2016.com, NoVa Caps Fans]
  • Captain Ovechkin was overall pleased with the performance of his squad. [CSNMA (and again)]
  • Oh, and he scored a beauty goal, from the top of the left circle Ovechkin Island, on the power play. [RMNB, Sportsnet]
  • Additionally, a reminder:
  • Oh, and that moment where Evgeny Kuznetsov appeared to be icing his hand on the bench? Pay it no never mind, Zhenya is an Iron Man. Spoken like a true son of Chelyabinsk Tankograd. [CSNMA, RMNB]
  • The Dmitry Orlov contract situation continues to be a situation. Both Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov report they have encouraged him to sign but that “he has his own mind.” Gulp. [CSNMA]
  • Take the best part of an hour and listen to the newest episode of “Hockey Diaries” featuring Braden Holtby and Mitch Korn. Trust us, this podcast will be the very best part of that hour. [Monumental]
  • The Caps have signed a partnership with Kiswe Mobile, which provides a live-streaming video sports app which the team anticipates will be used by the coaches for in-game adjustments and more. [Sports Pro]
  • Happy 58th birthday to Joel Quenneville (did he ever do anything of note after wrapping up his playing career as a Cap?) and happy 63rd birthday to the second-most popular (maybe?) Ken Houston in D.C. sports history.
  • Finally, Czech defenseman Jakub Ficenec has announced his retirement after a 23-year pro career, most of it spent with Ingolstadt in Germany’s DEL. He gets a mention here because his tribute notes that he wore the number 38 jersey with pride for almost his entire career - it was the number he was assigned at NHL training camp with the Caps in 1998. He played parts of three seasons for the AHL Portland Pirates and ECHL Johnstown Chiefs before moving overseas in 2001. Tomorrow night that number 38 jersey will be retired and raised to the rafters at ERC Ingolstadt’s Saturn Arena. Best wishes, “Hammer-Jakub”. [donaukurier.de]