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Sunday Caps Clips: How Do You Like Them Apples?

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Backstrom notches assist #500, Holtby notches a second consecutive shutout and more.

NHL: Washington Capitals at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

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  • Congrats are in order for the Capitals’ splendid centerman Nicklas Backstrom, whose dish to TJ Oshie ended up behind Ottawa goaler Mike Condon for Nicky’s 500th career assist; each and every one of them scored in a Capitals sweater.
  • Enjoy this fine Backstrom retrospective assembled by the good folks at Caps Radio:
  • Backstrom is the first Capitals player to reach this milestone with the team, the 10th Swedish player, and the 2nd fastest Swede to get to 500 assists. [@TarikCSN]
  • His quote to the Swedish media: “Phew.” Quite honestly, he’s pretty happy that #500 arrived, and he is ready to get on with his work now. The work of winning hockey games. [CSNMA, Aftonbladet]
  • Everyone wanted to say congrats. [RMNB (and again), Ovechkin Instagram, @Capitals]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's win from us, Vogs, Monumental video (Trotz, locker room), NHL.com (and again), AP, WaPo, CSNMA (gamer, rewind), Peerless, S&S, NoVa Caps, and RMNB, and from the visitors' bench, CBC, Ottawa Citizen, National Post and Silver Seven.
  • In less-happier news, TJ Oshie left the game with an upper-body injury after a hit by the Senators’ Dion Phaneuf... [WaPo, CSNMA]
  • ... and the question is raised - if Oshie misses any time, how will the Caps replace him? [CSNMA]
  • Congrats also to Braden Holtby, who blanked the Sens to post back-to-back shutouts for the first time in his NHL career. [RMNB]
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