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Thursday Caps Clips: Holiday Road

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Wrapping up a decade of Caps hockey, some stray crumbs from the loss in Boston and more.

NHL: DEC 23 Capitals at Bruins Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • As the World Junior Championship gets underway, the Caps will have a couple of representatives in Connor McMichael (Canada) and Martin Has (Czech Republic). [NHL]
  • Ranking the top five left wingers in the NHL from this decade... guess who’s #1?? [Sportsnet]
  • Coincidentally, that guy atop the list of best wingers also authored one of the decade’s best goals (and let’s be honest, many more awesome ones not shown). [NHL video]
  • It’s been something of an up-and-down decade for DC sports... but the Caps, Nats and Mystics made sure it ended on a high. [WaPo, WashTimes]
  • Alex Ovechkin has been the best goal-scorer, and a Richard Trophy winner many times over, in this decade - but he hasn’t done so without his fair share of competition. [NoVa Caps]
  • Taking a stab at the Caps’ All-Decade team. [NBCSW]
  • Did the Caps hang on to their top spot in the Super 16 ranking? Find out! [NHL]
  • The Caps headed into the holiday break with one “minor” issue. [WaPo]
  • A few leftovers from Monday’s loss in Boston. [Stanley Cup of Chowder, StarsandSticks, RMNB]
  • A lot of focus this season has been on Ilya Samsonov’s stellar NHL start, but Vitek Vanecek has quietly taken over the net in Hershey. [NoVa Caps]
  • Finally, happy 32nd birthday to Oskar Osala, and happy 30th to Tomas Kundratek.