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Thursday Caps Clips: Mauled in Manitoba

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The game was going oh-so-well until the Caps wearied and the Jets chose to jump ugly.

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Your savory breakfast of champions links:

  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night’s eventful loss from us, Vogs, NHL, AP, CP, WaPo, NBCSW, RMNB, NoVa Caps, and Winnipeg Free Press
  • The big news from pregame was the absence of Braden Holtby, who was scheduled to be the starter but apparently sustained some form of upper body injury earlier that morning. [theScore,
  • The Caps named Pheonix Copley the starter and signed the 6’7” goalie coach from the University of Manitoba to wear pads and a ball cap for the defending Stanley Cup champions. Welcome to the show, Gavin McHale! [ESPN, NoVa Caps, NBCSW]
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov left the ice in the first period after Jets forward Brandon Tanev elbowed him in the jaw. He was held out of the rest of the game “for precautionary reasons.” [NBCSW, NoVa Caps, RMNB]
  • And then in the dying moments of the third period, Josh Morrissey wrecked T.J. Oshie into the glass and then took him down to the ice head-first. Oshie did NOT look good as he struggled to his feet and off the ice. Yikes. [RMNB, ]
  • After the game, Coach Reirden addressed the injury situations. The league will be taking a look at the Morrissey hit for sure. [RMNB]
  • Let’s hope that none of these players will miss time, but if they do, eeeeeeeeeep. [WaPo]
  • A few leftovers from #CapsWild:
  • Statpack. [NoVa Caps, RMNB]
  • A place for everything and everything in its place. Tom Wilson’s return made the forward lines resolve to their proper structures. [WaPo]
  • “I know what they’ve been through for the last 10 years. The disappointment I’m sure just kept growing. So to see them win it, and for the people of Washington to have it there … a) I was really happy for them, and b) it made you wish you were still there.” Bruce Boudreau is a little bit wistful. [WaPo]