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Saturday Caps Clips: All-Star Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recapping a night of skills both thrilling and odd, setting up tonight’s All-Star Game from St. Louis and more.

2020 NHL All-Star Skills Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recapping the events from last night’s Skills competition and the winners of each event, which sadly (despite some decent showings) did not include any Caps. [NHL (and again)]
  • He may not have defended his Hardest Shot crown, but a personal best of 104.5 is pretty damn good for John Carlson: [NHL]
  • As expected, the three-on-three matchup between the American and Canadian women rocked... but unfortunately ended in Canada’s favor. Rematch next year, please. [NHL, PHT]
  • The athletes who took part in the game (and all of us who support them) hope that this weekend lends momentum to the growth of women’s hockey. [AP]
  • Check out the rosters for tonight’s All-Star tournament, which will kick off with the Metro vs. the Atlantic at 8:15 p.m. [NHL]
  • A second-consecutive trip to the All-Star weekend finally establishes John Carlson as one of the NHL’s elite defensemen. [NBCSW]
  • Meanwhile for T.J. Oshie, his first ASG selection is extra special as it allows him to return to where his NHL life got started. [WaPo, STL Today]
  • There are some home runs on the League’s All-Decade team, including the Caps’ own Alex Ovechkin... and some big swing-and-a-miss picks, as well. Never change, NHL. [NHL]
  • Some of the All Stars weigh in on whether Ovechkin can catch the Great One... and the Great One is rooting for it to happen. [NHL, NBCSW, Yahoo]
  • A look at how playoff matchups would look if the season ended today. [The Sporting News]
  • Weighing in on the biggest surprises and disappointments at the break. [PHT]
  • Just how good is this Caps team? [StarsandSticks]
  • Cool moment for the Bears last night as Matt Moulson picked up two goals in his 1000th professional game. [NoVa Caps, BarDown]
  • Finally, happy 51st birthday to Steve Maltais, and happy 55th to Esa Tikkanen.