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Thursday Caps Clips: And Now They Count

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps have a solid showing in their one and only exhibition game, Carlson leaves early after an awkward fall, and more.

Carolina Hurricanes v Washington Capitals Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recaps and other assorted musings on yesterday’s exhibition win over Carolina. [Vogs, Caps video (Reirden, Orlov/Ovechkin, recap), NHL, PHT, WaPo, NBCSW (and again), WashTimes, News & Observer, NoVa Caps, RMNB]
  • The win is nice, but there is some concern after John Carlson took an awkward spill and left the game in the third period for what we hope are merely precautionary reasons. [NHL, NBCSW]
  • And now attention officially shifts to the round robin tournament, and the Caps’ first opponent: the Lightning. [TBTimes]
  • With Ilya Samsonov on the shelf, it looks like Vitek Vanecek has staked his claim to the backup role behind Braden Holtby for the playoffs. [NBCSW]
  • Mike Vogel chatted with expectant papa Lars Eller before yesterday’s game. [Caps video]
  • Taking a look at what the Caps gained - and possibly lost - during the season pause. [NBCSW]
  • Irene Pollin, one of the original owners of the Capitals, Wizards and Mystics, and wife of the late Abe Pollin, has passed away at 96. RIP. [WTOP, AP, Bullets Forever]
  • And finally... he’s ready.