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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The top line erupts against Chicago, the Russians address the Russians and more.

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  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night’s win from us, Vogs, Caps video (Caps365, Trotz, locker room), NHL, AP, NBC, WaPo, NBCSW (and again), Frankovic, NoVa Caps, RMNB, NBCSC, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, and Second City Hockey.
  • The drought is over! [Sporting News]
  • That entire top line, though... combining for 11 points? Yeah, that’ll do. [The Score, Caps Outsider]
  • There always seem to be plenty of refs in the stands at hockey games. They don’t usually come in uniform, though. [Caps Outsider]
  • Prior to the game, our own Jason Rogers chatted with some ‘Hawks pals about the Caps’ season thus far. [Faxes from Uncle Dale]
  • Scoring more goals than all but 19 players in NHL history seems pretty good... but don’t expect Alex Ovechkin to stop there. [THN]
  • The reunion of Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom has helped lead the way during the team’s recent resurgence. [NHL]
  • Madison Bowey and Barry Trotz weigh in on the one-game suspension handed down to San Jose’s Brenden Dillon. [NBCSW]
  • Pictures from Monday’s win over the Sharks. [FiCP]
  • Team Russia may be banned from this year’s Olympics, but Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov hope their countrymen still attend the games. [Caps Video (Ovechkin, Kuznetsov), AP, WaPo, NBCSW, WashTimes, RMNB]
  • News, notes, and injury updates from yesterday’s pre-game skate. [WaPo, NoVa Caps]
  • Roughly a week into All-Star voting and Ovechkin leads the way as the Metro Division’s top vote-getter thus far. Keep clicking! [NHL]
  • Apparently winning six of your last seven puts you around the middle of the League... at least according to this week’s Super 16. [NHL]