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Saturday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Bruins Game Day

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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) NHL.com, 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.