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Thursday Caps Clips: Breaking the Rules

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: A quartet of Caps - and the team - get nabbed for breaking COVID protocol, the team struggles on the ice with consistency and more.

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Your savory, protocol-following breakfast links:

  • The NHL has slapped the Capitals with a hefty $100,000 fine for violating the league’s health and safety protocols. [Rink, NBCSW, AP, Reuters, ESPN, PHT, Yahoo, The Score, Sporting News]
  • The reason? A maskless hotel gathering between Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov and Ilya Samsonov - all of whom are now on the COVID-19 absences list. [WaPo, NBCSW (and again), NHL]
  • Statement from the team:
  • And from Alex Ovechkin:
  • The Caps may have gotten away with a point in each of their losses to the Pens - but they should have had two wins, and they’re leaving points on the table. [Rink]
  • A few leftovers from Tuesday’s overtime loss in Pittsburgh. [Caps, NBCSW, RMNB]
  • Four games into the season, the Caps are still looking for some consistency to their game. [WashTimes, THW]
  • Power rankings, plus a rundown of the biggest surprise for each team after opening week (...which, we should note, was written prior to last night’s revelation). [ESPN]
  • The taxi squad will be on hand to help the Caps, but it’s taking away from the Hershey Bears’ depth as they prepare to open their training camp. [NoVa Caps]
  • It’s possible that Connor McMichael could join that squad once he completes his stint in quarantine - or he could simply join the Caps. [RMNB]
  • Finally, happy 71st birthday to Ron Anderson, and happy 54th to Ulf Dahlen.