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Saturday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Bruins Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps go to Beantown, good and bad goalie news, the PK bent but did not break and more.

Washington Capitals v Boston Bruins Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Your savory brunch links:

  • Previews of tonight's TD Garden party from Vogs (plus game notes), AP, Peerless and NoVa Caps, and be sure to visit our SB Nation brethren at Stanley Cup of Chowder.
  • Thirteen games in, the Caps enter... survival mode? [NoVa Caps]
  • Matt Niskanen update - He skated! By himself before practice!! Holding a stick!!! But he probably won’t be ready to rejoin his mates in a full practice for at least this next week. [@TomGulittiNHL]
  • The Caps’ five rookie players are living the hotel life as their hockey careers start to take shape. [WaPo]
  • Boston is also icing a bunch of young’uns. [Boston Herald, Worcester Telegram]
  • Good news/Bad news on the goalie front:
  • Pheonix Copley led the Hershey Bears onto the ice for the first time last night. He had a great first period, a six-goals-against second period, a scoreless third period and overtime, then lost in the shootout. [Chocolate Hockey]
  • Vitek Vanecek was reassigned to South Carolina on a rehab stint. [Hershey Bears]
  • And over in Russia, Ilya Samsonov left his game with a concussion. [RMNB]
  • A few leftovers from Caps-Isles:
  • Postgame notebook. [Dump-n-Chase]
  • Numbers for the morning after. [RMNB]
  • Third line shine. [DC Puck Drop]
  • The Caps’ PK was still bad, but did not give up a goal when it mattered the most. [NBCSW]
  • Russia in the news:
  • Alex Ovechkin is getting props from Vlad Putin and a well-earned WTH? from just about everyone else... [USA Today, Yahoo Sports]
  • ... as Team Russia threatens to boycott the Pyeongchang Olympics. [Edmonton Journal]
  • Finally, happy 39th birthday to Rick Berry.