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Tuesday Caps Clips: Sammy’s First Shutout

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Ovechkin and Samsonov team up to take down the ‘Canes, a confident Jakub Vrana adds power-play prowess to his resume and more.

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First of MANY shutouts for SAMMY!

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  • Congratulations are also in order for Samsonov’s fellow countryman Alex Ovechkin - no stranger to milestones - for officially moving into 11th all-time in goals scored:
  • Jakub Vrana is a very confident player, but not yet satisfied with where his game is. [WCP]
  • Perhaps his recent promotion to the team’s top power-play unit will help - and will likely provide a nice complement to his elite five-on-five performance. [RMNB]
  • As the season hurdles toward the All-Star break, players are focusing on striking the right balance between remaining sharp and resting the body. [WaPo]
  • The AHL season is also about halfway done - take a look at some of the pluses and minuses for the Bears so far in the 2019-20 campaign. [NoVa Caps]
  • Sources say that there could be an exciting new element at this year’s All-Star weekend: a three-on-three scrimmage between top American and Canadian women. [ESPN]
  • Saturday’s loss had plenty of things causing concern; here is a condensed list of just five. [StarsandSticks]
  • Too early to start talking about playoff races and scenarios? Nah... [BSH]
  • Handing out the three stars of the Caps’ week. [StarsandSticks]
  • Finally, happy 50th birthday to Eric Charron, happy 55th to our pal Alan May, and the happiest of birthdays to our founder, JP, who turns... well, let’s go with a youthful 25.