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Wednesday Caps Clips: Raleigh Rally

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The captain comes through yet again, taking a closer look at Team USA and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Thanks to all of you, December’s pledge totals were still strong - but we can do even better in January. [Rink]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night’s OT win from us, Vogs, NHL, WaPo, NBCSW (and again), AP, Frankovic, NoVa Caps, RMNB, News & Observer, and Canes Country.
  • Already without Matt Niskanen, there was a chance that Nicklas Backstrom would miss last night’s game with illness, but he thankfully rallied. [WaPo, NBCSW, NoVa Caps]
  • The Caps find themselves back atop the Metro once again, but do so as underdogs - and they like it that way. [WaPo, CBS DC]
  • New Year’s Resolution for the Caps: fix the gosh darn power play. [NoVa Caps]
  • Rankings of power. [NBCSW, USA Today, Puck Daddy, PHT]
  • Get to know the players who will pull on the stars and stripes for Team USA at next month’s Olympics. [ESPN, NYTimes]
  • Central Jersey has produced a number of top-end athletes, and the Caps’ own John Carlson ranks among the best. [MyCentralJersey]
  • Alex Ovechkin = really, really good. Everyone caught up now?
  • With 10 Winter Classics in the books, a ranking of the games from best to worst (and shocker, the Caps’ games aren’t viewed with as high esteem as they likely deserve). [ESPN]
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov is once again proving his worth for the Caps. [LWoH]
  • The week that was for the Metropolitan. [Pensburgh]
  • Finally, happy 49th birthday to Steve Poapst, and happy 44th to Stefan Ustorf.