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Wednesday Caps Clips: A Crowning Achievement

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Ovechkin’s third-period hat trick carries the Caps to a win, Samsonov is held out and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night’s win from us, Vogs, Caps video (Reirden, locker room, recap), NHL, AP, NBCSW (and again), WashTimes, NoVa Caps, RMNB, and WaPo.
  • Another hat trick. Another 40-goal season. Another spot atop the goal-scoring ranks... and now just two away from 700. [NHL, PHT, Sporting News, Yahoo]
  • It feels like just yesterday that a young, enthusiastic teenager named Alex Ovechkin was selected first overall by the Caps. [NBCSW]
  • News and notes from yesterday’s pregame practice, where Ilya Samsonov took an Ovechkin shot to the head and is day-to-day. Yikes. [Caps, WaPo, NBCSW]
  • With Samsonov ailing, the Caps sent for goalie Vitek Vanecek to serve as backup. [Caps]
  • Vanecek was probably able to hitch a ride with Martin Fehervary, who also got the call from Hershey and made his return to the NHL last night. [Caps]
  • Not everyone is sold on John Carlson as the hands-down choice for Norris Trophy winner anymore. Hey, everyone’s entitled to their own (wrong) opinion. [ESPN]
  • Speaking of awards, it’d be a tough task to get him ahead of such names as Quinn Hughes and Cale Makar, but Ilya Samsonov is making a case of his own for the Calder. [THW]
  • A statistical ranking of all 31 goaltending tandems in the NHL. [NoVa Caps]
  • With less than half the season to go and mired in a bit of a low-energy slump, the Caps need to get back to basics and play the tough hockey they’ve become known for. [NoVa Caps]
  • Finally, happy 39th birthday to Kris Beech.