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Wednesday Caps Clips: Pheonix Rising

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Copley pitches a shutout for Reirden’s first win as the boss of the Caps’ bench, Kempny took a hit, ranking the Metro blueliners and more.

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Your savory breakfast of champions links:

  • Ranking the Metro Division blueliners... [Rink]
  • ... and ranking the defensive pairings ‘round the League... [ESPN]
  • ... and each of the starting goalies across the League. East or West, Braden Holtby is best. [Yardbarker]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night’s shutout win from Vogs, Caps video (Carlson, Copley, Reirden), NoVa Caps, RMNB and AP.
  • An otherwise outstanding game was marred by a high hit from Robert Bortuzzo on Michal Kempny, who woozily left the ice, not to return. [WaPo]
  • Five players who impressed. [NBCSW]
  • Prospect report card. [NoVa Caps]
  • But the main story was Pheonix Copley, who fought...
  • ... and fought...
  • ... and then there was this.
  • Speaking of fighting, there was also a fair amount of fisticuffs. [NBCSW, RMNB]
  • Eyeing a repeat. [USA Today]
  • The Caps will be a 100-point team this season, pinky swear! [RMNB]
  • Jason Rogers has you all caught up with Tuesday’s training camp. [Rink]
  • Houston football fans are looking for a new sport, and a new team to root for. Good luck with that one, lads. [SportsMap]
  • Finally, happy 38th birthday to Batya.