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Friday Caps Clips: Sochi Oshie Returns

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Osh hits the target in the shootout, the Caps are enjoying games that matter and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Last night's game was meaningful, as the rest of the season's games likely will be - and the Caps wouldn't have it any other way. [Rink, WaPo (and again)]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's shootout win from us, Vogs, Monumental video (Trotz, locker room), NHL.com, AP, WaPo, CSNMA, Frankovic, NoVa Caps (and again), FiCP, RMNB, Dispatch, and the Cannon.
  • During warmups, Alex Ovechkin showed off his awesome custom-painted skates to commemorate Russian Heritage Night. [AP, RMNB, Caps Outsider]
  • T.J. Oshie at center ice. Sergei Bobrovsky in net. The game on the line. Gosh, that looked familiar...[NHL.com, RMNB, Caps Outsider]
  • On a team filled with superstars, Andre Burakovsky has stood out - especially since his return. [FRS]
  • Checking in with the team ahead of the game. [Dump 'n Chase, Monumental video (Trotz, locker room, Rinkside Update/Niskanen), Dispatch]
  • The top line's minutes were cut back earlier this year with an eye towards the playoffs; as the season wraps up, the minutes are ramping up again - and so is the top line. [WaPo]
  • Since landing in DC, Kevin Shattenkirk has become comfortable with the role of savior for a team with Cup hopes... even if he doesn't actually believe he is one. [ESPN]
  • More on the broken NHL playoff system and how to fix it. [WaPo]
  • The return of Jonas Siegenthaler has Hershey rocking a suddenly stacked blueline. [CSNMA]
  • A Swedish Caps fan made his way across the ocean to watch his favorite team for the first time. [NoVa Caps]
  • Picture day is coming up once again, and with your help, Justin Williams is seeking a second-straight "best hairdo" award. [WaPo]
  • The Caps' "top" defensive pair is currently John Carlson and Karl Alzner; so how do they stack up against other contenders' top pairs? [NoVa Caps]
  • The NHLPA is holding fast, but the "will they or won't they?" debate over the Olympics may be nearing an end as the NHL is targeting a decision by the end of next month. [AP, ESPN]
  • If Baltimore gets a new arena, expect to see the Monumental teams spending a bit more time in Charm City. [Baltimore Biz Journal]
  • Finally, happy 62nd birthday to Doug Jarvis.