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Thursday Caps Clips: Close but No Cigar

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes:

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Congratulations to Evgeny Kuznetsov on picking up his 20th goal of the season - and the 100th of his career.
  • A loss or two to the Lightning in mid-March can’t take away what the Caps achieved after beating the Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final. [NBCSW]
  • Alex Ovechkin is inching closer to yet another 50-goal season - and once again it looks like he may be the only one to achieve that mark. [TSN]
  • Early and late-period goals, Kuznetsov’s lackluster play, first-round matchups and more in the weekly mailbag. [NBCSW]
  • A few leftovers from Tuesday’s win over New Jersey. [Caps, RMNB]
  • Newly inked prospect Joe Snively’s new contract doesn’t kick in until next season, but he’s signed a tryout agreement with Hershey for the remainder of this one. [NoVa Caps, RMNB]
  • Finally, happy 53rd birthday to Al “Wild Thing” Iafrate.