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Monday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Backstrom claims gold for Sweden, Kuznetsov and Orlov grab the bronze, the Stingrays look to clinch and more.

Canada v Sweden - 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship - Gold Medal game Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images

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  • Nicklas Backstrom scored the decisive goal in the shootout to give Team Sweden the win and the gold medal as Tre Kronor beat Team Canada for the 2017 World Championship. [IIHF, CSNMA, NoVa Caps, RMNB, (and gifs), AP]
  • “It's a bit like a revenge indeed.” The shadow of Sochi 2014 has been vanquished. [Aftonbladet, Sydsvenskan]
  • Bäckis and William Nylander were so cute together we can’t even... [NoVa Caps]
  • ... and don’t forget this is Nicky’s second gold medal with a Nylander on his team. [Aftonbladet]
  • Closer to home, the cousins take a look at Backstrom’s 2016-17 season with the Caps. [Peerless]
  • The Caps’ Russians also had something to celebrate as they defeated Finland 5-3 to claim bronze... [IIHF, RMNB]
  • ... but the third period meltdown in their previous loss to Canada and some breakdowns in the bronze medal match left Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov somewhat unsettled. [RMNB]
  • Caps’ Russians in Russian caps? You bet. And Dima Orlov rocking his John Wall hoodie:
  • How much will Kuzya’s next contract cost the Caps? [NoVa Caps]
  • When Barry Trotz pencils in his d-pairs next season, Nate Schmidt aims to have his name on one of the top two lines. [CSNMA]
  • A very good year for Jay Beagle came to a bad, bitter end for his team. What’s next for Beags? [CSNMA]
  • Travis Boyd, Nathan Walker, Liam O’Brien, Chandler Stephenson, and Christian Djoos are all restricted free agents who have spent the bulk of their pro careers skating for Hershey. And they all put up good numbers this year. [Chocolate Hockey]
  • Stan Galiev looks to be ready to move on from the Caps’ organization. [CSNMA]
  • The South Carolina Stingrays are one win away from the conference championship and the Kelly Cup Finals. The puck drops in Manchester tonight at 7pm. [Caps Outsider]
  • Finally, happy 42nd birthday to Barrie Moore.
  • One more, and this is a really interesting look at the brotherhood of hockey players. When former Capital Bill Riley saw a teevee report about former Leaf Bill Barilko, he called his daughter Amber and asked her for a favor - to please go to Barilko’s grave to clean the headstone. And she did. [Chronicle Herald]
  • Actually, there’s one one more today. The WC gold medal was nice and all, but Backstrom is still thinking of the folks back in DC: