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Wednesday Caps Clips: Penalty Call of the Wild

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: the Caps survive a penalty parade to snap the four-game drought, Ovechkin gets off the schneid and more.

Minnesota Wild v Washington Capitals Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

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  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's win (!!!!) from us, Vogs, Monumental video (Trotz, locker room), NHL.com, AP, WaPo, CSNMA, Frankovic, Peerless, NoVa Caps, RMNB, TwinCities, Star Tribune, and Hockey Wilderness.
  • Alex Ovechkin is back, baby. We hope. [CSNMA]
  • Before the game, Kevin Shattenkirk opened up about the play that led to his two-game suspension. [WaPo, CSNMA]
  • Shattenkirk's suspension is up, so expect to see him back in the lineup on Thursday... and also expect to see Nate Schmidt back in. Intrigue!! [CSNMA]
  • Braden Holtby and Devan Dubnyk are considered two of the League's best today, but both had to travel a rocky road to get there. [WaPo]
  • Pre-game news and notes. [Dump 'n Chase, Monumental video (Trotz, locker room)]
  • The Wild took some time while in town to play tourist. [Star Tribune, Twin Cities]
  • Based on his performance this season, and comparable free-agent contracts, T.J. Oshie is in for one heck of a payday this summer. Can the Caps afford him? [NHLNumbers]
  • Solving the mystery of Alex Ovechkin and the puzzling scoring drought (that thankfully is no more). [CSNMA, Journal de Montreal]
  • Taking a closer look at the numbers behind the Caps' new-look (and short-lived) lines. [FRS]
  • The Caps are all but assured at least a playoff spot - but there's a lot left to play for in the 13 games that remain. [RMNB]
  • Speaking of playoffs, let's not assume a second-round loss and all the heartbreak that goes with it until (unless) it happens - and certainly not because of one brief slump. [RMNB]
  • Speaking of playoffs again, playoffs! [NHL.com, CBS Sports, Bleacher Report]
  • Finally, happy 38th birthday to Jean-Francois Fortin, happy 64th to Blair Stewart, happy 36th to Tyler Sloan, and happy 35th to David Steckel.