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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Matt Niskanen lifts the Caps back into the win column, Reirden talks details, focusing on faceoffs, and more.

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  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night’s overtime win from us, Vogs, Caps video (Reirden, locker room), NHL, WaPo, NBCSW, WashTimes, NBC Sports, AP, NoVa Caps, RMNB, Newsday, and Blueshirt Banter.
  • Just another two power-play goals for Alex Ovechkin. Ho hum. [NHL (video), Caps Outsider]
  • For new coach Todd Reirden, the details remain of utmost importance. [SI]
  • Usually known for being a pass-first player, Evgeny Kuznetsov is shooting more on the power play - and it’s paying off. [Caps]
  • News and notes from yesterday’s pregame skate. [Skate Shavings, Caps video (Reirden, Rinkside Update/Kuznetsov), NoVa Caps]
  • Part of yesterday’s practice was spent focusing on faceoffs, an area in which the Caps have struggled so far. [WaPo, NBCSW]
  • Checking in on the hot seat factor for all 31 coaches so far this season. [ESPN]
  • Will the NHL reduce Tom Wilson’s 20-game suspension? [NBCSports]
  • Digging into the Caps’ individual shot production stats through the season’s first five games. [NoVa Caps]
  • Pressing questions about the Caps, including where the hitting has gone with #43 out of the lineup. [NBCSW]
  • The Caps’ playoff history against the Pens is well known, but they’ve had almost as many run-ins with last night’s opponent - and heroes abound, on both sides. [NBCSW]
  • Another successful Caps Casino Night is in the books, as this weekend’s festivities raised over $400,000 for charities. [Caps]
  • Many congrats to the Hershey Bears on finally picking up their first win of the season (and handing the baby Pens their first loss) last night... [HBH, NoVa Caps]
  • ...one night after the South Carolina Stingrays earned their first win of the year. Happy things all around! [Live5 News, Orlando Sentinel]
  • Congrats to Brooks Orpik, who was recently inducted into his high school’s Hall of Fame. [WickedLocal]