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Saturday Caps Clips: All-Star Skills Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Hockey heads to the beach as the 2018 NHL All-Star Weekend gets underway in Tampa.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • “[O]nce more we take a minute to pause and appreciate what we’re witnessing: true history being made. It really never gets old.” [Rink]
  • Unselfishvechkin. [NBCSW]
  • Statistically speaking, the Caps’ victory over the Panthers was encouraging... [WaPo]
  • ... even if the team is still waiting for its young forwards to step up. [WaPo]
  • Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby, Barry Trotz, and the Caps’ equipment crew are in sunny and warm Tampa Bay for NHL All-Star Weekend. [Schedule, Rosters (CBS Sports)]
  • Tonight’s offering is the All-Star Skills Competition. This year it looks like the NHL is taking the “Skills” portion very, very seriously. We will know sometime today which players are tasked with which skill category. [Sportsnet, which also features a pretty great video about the first All-Star Game]
  • Related - The Lig’s advertisements for its various premium productions are usually quite lame, but I rather like their beach-themed All-Star ads. [RMNB, @Capitals]
  • There’s work to be done after the All-Star break. [NBCSW
  • Finally, happy 63rd birthday to Brian Engblom.
  • One more - Hey everybody, gifting suite!