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Friday Caps Clips: Streak Gone, Gone Streaking

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps end the Blue Jackets’ run, Team USA ends Canada’s run, and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • More reflections on the late Milt Schmidt's time with the expansion-era Washington Capitals. [Rink, WaPo]
  • How do you say "they call it the streak" in Swedish? [Rink (Backwards Slapshot)]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on a streak-busting win for the Caps from us, Vogs, Monumental video (Trotz, locker room), NHL.com, Puck Daddy, AP, Reuters, SI.com, USA Today, The Score, PHT, WaPo, CSNMA, Frankovic, FiCP, Peerless, RMNB, THW, Stars and Sticks, NoVa Caps, Caps Outsider, Cleveland.com, BlueJackets Xtra, and the Cannon.
  • Braden Holtby got the early hook against Toronto on Tuesday; as he's wont to do, he bounced back quite nicely. [CSNMA]
  • Probably a good thing that he did so, because his backup was back in the locker room during the game due to illness. [WaPo]
  • Prior to the game, Andre Burakovsky noted how much fun it would be to end the streak... [WashTimes, CSNMA]
  • ...and he followed through with a goal in support of the streak-busting effort. [CSNMA]
  • And so, the CBJ streak ends at merely 16. Poor lads. Sad trombones and tiny violins abound. [BlueJackets Xtra]
  • Amazingly, even with the Blue Jackets' recent(ly ended) run, the Metropolitan Division remains insanely tight. [BlueJackets Xtra]
  • Last night's marquee matchup was the perfect antidote to the NHL's January doldrums. [WaPo]
  • Also a helpful respite? The medal games of this year's World Junior Championship - because oh mama, don't you cry, USA hockey is do or die! [USA Hockey, NHL.com, Puck Daddy]
  • How's this for eerie: the boys in red, white, and blue captured gold exactly seven years to the day of the last USA-Canada gold medal game... in which a future Cap playing a prominent role. [THN, Caps Outsider]
  • Many congrats to Caps' goalie prospect Ilya Samsonov, who captured Best Goalie honors after backstopping Team Russia to a bronze medal. [AP, THN, ESPN, RMNB]
  • News and notes from yesterday's pregame skate. [Dump 'n Chase, Monumental video (Trotz, Rinkside Update/Connolly)
  • The Caps have been rolling with 12 forwards since sending Zach Sanford and Jakub Vrana back to Hershey, but will likely add one more for the upcoming road trip. [CSNMA]
  • Fellow Russians and BFFs Dmitry Orlov and Sergei Bobrovsky just spent Christmas together, despite Bob's fears that the Metro rivalry would get in the way. [WaPo]
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov earned himself a slap on the wrist (and a lighter wallet) for a... "embellishment", apparently. [WaPo, ESPN, Puck Daddy, CSNMA]
  • Last month Chris Bourque was named a captain in this year's AHL All-Star Game, and he'll be joined by teammate Travis Boyd. [Patriot-News]
  • Finally, happy 62nd birthday to Alex Forsyth, and happy 41st to Richard Zednik.