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Tuesday Caps Clips: Buffalo Beatdown; Caps vs. Isles Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps make it five in a row with a lopsided, milestone-filled win over the Sabres - and now a game against the Division-leading Islanders awaits.

New York Islanders v Washington Capitals Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • The Caps have their hands full with a steady diet of New York teams this week. [Rink]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night’s win from us, Vogs, Caps video (Laviolette, Vanecek, Ovechkin, recap), NHL, AP, WaPo, NBCSW, Sabres (and again), Peerless, NoVa Caps, RMNB, and Die by the Blade.
  • It was another night of milestones, with Vitek Vanecek recording his first career shutout... [NBCSW]
  • ...Evgeny Kuznetsov picking up career point #400 with his eventual game-winning goal... [NBCSW]
  • ...and of course, the captain tying Phil Esposito for eighth on the all-time goals list with #717, a beauty:
  • What we’ve learned about Peter Laviolette’s system through the first half of the season. [NoVa Caps]
  • Daniel Sprong has stepped up and become a surprising part of the Caps’ success (although not everyone’s surprised). [Caps Outsider]
  • Previews of tonight’s big-time battle between the Caps and Isles from Vogs and Peerless, and be sure to visit our SB Nation pals over at Lighthouse Hockey for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • Looks like Daniel-san (and Islanders-fan-turned-Caps-fan-admit-it-Ralph) will be in the house for tonight’s throwdown. [NBCSW]
  • News and notes from yesterday’s pregame skate. [Caps, video (Laviolette, Backstrom, Rinkside Update/Sheary), NoVa Caps]
  • There’s no All-Star Game this year for obvious reasons... but if there were, who might make the cut? [The Score]
  • DC United has gotten permission to have fans back, and the Nats are sure to follow; so are the Caps and Wizards next? [Washingtonian, WBJ]
  • Finally, happy 43rd birthday to Brian Willsie, happy 39th to Louis Robitaille, happy 50th to David Harlock, and raise a glass to the memory of Roger Crozier, who would have been 79 today.