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Friday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Blue Jackets Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Blue Jackets come calling, Craig Laughlin has new pregame duties, the family with the biggest heart in DC and more.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Columbus Blue Jackets at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast of champions links:

  • If you strike him down, he will return stronger than you could ever imagine. T.J. Oshie took the worst the Penguins could throw at him and came back to end the game in triumph. [Rink]
  • Previews of tonight’s Round One rematch from Vogs (plus game notes), Peerless, and NBCSW, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at The Cannon for the other side of the series.
  • Tonight’s game is the Capitals’ official Hockey Fights Cancer night, with specialty warmup jerseys, sticks and pucks available at auction. The Caps will welcome a special guest for the ceremonial puck drop - Linda Laughlin, wife of broadcaster Craig Laughlin. This past April she joined her own battle with a rare cancer, uterine serous carcinoma. She is sharing her story to raise awareness of these lesser-known cancers, the ones that have less research and funding. [NHL]
  • What does it take to play on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov? Size, skill, and the ability to speak Russian certainly help... [WaPo, NBCSW]
  • ... along with a certain amount of defensive ability. [RMNB]
  • A few leftovers from #CapsPens:
  • Evgeni Malkin will not face any supplemental discipline for the shoulder he drove into Oshie’s noggin. [ESPN]
  • Welcome back, vintage Braden Holtby! [NBCSW]
  • Statpack. [RMNB, NoVa Caps]
  • In which Ken Sabourin calls it, and then John Walton calls it.
  • Some Hershey nuggets:
  • Breaking down the start to Ilya Samsonov’s first season in North America. [NBCSW]
  • The Hersey Bears and their illustrious history will be featured with a gala and film premiere at Hersheypark Arena on December 7. [Hershey History]
  • Finally, happy 24th birthday to Zach Sanford.
  • One more - The Capitals had previously announced that their half of the usual 50/50 raffle at this Penguins game would be donated to charities supporting the victims and families of the shooting at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Then something extraordinary happened. Don’t miss this interview with the family with the biggest heart in Washington. [NoVa Caps]