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Saturday Caps Clips: Victory, then Vacation

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Caps head into their bye week with two shiny new standings points and a six-point Metro lead.

NHL: Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • “[D]espite international controversy and the inescapable march of time, he’s as commanding as ever.” If you read only one article about Alex Ovechkin and his astounding career today, make it this one. [The Ringer]
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  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night’s victory from us, Vogs, NHL, AP, WaPo, NBCSW (and again), RMNB, NoVa Caps, News & Observer and ‘Canes Country.
  • Travis Boyd got a free trip to Raleigh, recalled from Hershey to be the emergency backup forward. [@Caps]
  • Here’s a nice photo gallery. [Inside Hockey]
  • John Carlson didn’t get an All-Star invite. Is that important to Norris voters? [NBCSW]
  • Tale of the Tape - How the Caps measure up to the rest of the Lig. [NoVa Caps]
  • Oh hai there John Erskine, newly-minted assistant coach of the Queen’s Golden Gaels of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. [Queen’s Journal]
  • Finally, happy 64th birthday to Mike Palmateer.
  • One more: