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Wednesday Caps Clips: Hats Off for the Captain

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Alex Ovechkin keeps on making history, Oshie returns to game duty, Wilson takes the next step and more.

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Your savory breakfast of champions links:

  • When Alex Ovechkin tallied his 25th goal of the season yesterday, it was his third of the night and secured hat trick #21 of his career. [NBCSW, RMNB, NoVa Caps, Sporting News, Caps Outsider,
  • Some of the milestones achieved:
  • ... He moved ahead of Pavel Bure to take the top spot in hat tricks scored by a Russian player, and is now tied for 12th place overall with Glenn Anderson and Richard Martin.
  • ... His 126th multi-goal game moved him past Dino Ciccarelli into 11th place all-time.
  • ... He now has the 3rd longest streak of seasons of 25 or more goals to start an NHL career. One more year and he’ll tie Mike Gartner; four more and he will pass Jagr and stand alone at the top.
  • Ovi is not slowing down, you guys. He should be, but he isn’t. [PHT]
  • He is:
  • ...playing with swagger... [NBCSW]
  • ... teaching us all what it means to be a Stanley Cup champion... [The Ringer]
  • ... has been named the “Washington DC” and “NHL” Person of the Year... [The Athletic]
  • ... should be on your “sell high” fantasy list (along with John Carlson)... [The Athletic]
  • ... and is now a student of the game, as he battles Father Time. [ESPN]
  • A goal so nice from the fourth line, they put it on loop:
  • Don’t sleep on T.J. Oshie’s very nice night after returning from injury... [NoVa Caps]
  • ... and Brett Connolly, putting in the work and getting rewarded... [NBCSW]
  • ... and Travis Boyd, whose patience is finally paying off. [NoVa Caps]
  • “R-E-F-S Refs Refs Refs!” The cheers are a little different in the section where all the beer league referees are sitting. [Caps Outsider, RMNB]
  • Finally: