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Friday Caps Clips: Prevailing Over Pittsburgh

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: the Caps hold on for a 5-2 victory over the Pens, examining the January vs. February Caps, thoughts on Evgeny Kuznetsov and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • January and February of this year might as well be different seasons for the Capitals with the stark differences in how they have played each month. [Rink]
  • Recaps and assorted musings from last night’s win over the Penguins from us, Vogs, Caps video (Laviolette, Wilson/Backstrom, Jensen/Vanecek, recap, condensed game), WaPo ($), NHL, AP, PHT, Peerless, NBCSW (and again), NoVa Caps, S+S, and RMNB.
  • The story behind the special anti-racism jerseys during warmups last night. [Athletic ($)]
  • Matthew Peca, the latest addition to Washington’s team, has helped the Caps’ centers out a lot at the faceoff dot. [NoVa Caps]
  • Henrik Lundqvist took the ice this week for the first time since his open-heart surgery, but he said he is still months away from making a decision about his future. [NHL, AP]
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov is on pace for a...sub-par season. [S+S]
  • In honor of Black History Month, let’s relive two goals: one from Joel Ward and one from Devante Smith-Pelly, AKA two of the greatest goals in Capitals’ postseason history. [THW]
  • A couple got the surprise of their life at their Lake Tahoe wedding last weekend: Gritty. [ESPN]
  • New power rankings. Sportsnet haiku edition. Where do the Caps land? [Sportsnet]
  • Which NHL teams are in need of a midseason shakeup? [Forbes]
  • Finally, happy 69th birthday to Larry Bolonchuk!