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Thursday Caps Clips: Buckling Down in Boston

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps grind out a solid shootout win over the Bruins, digging into the power play, making a case for the team’s MVP so far and more.

NHL: MAR 03 Capitals at Bruins Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Lots of good stuff on the Rink yesterday that you should check out, starting with a visit from Post beat writer Samantha Pell on the latest JRR. [Rink]
  • Next, take a deep dive into the Caps’ power play and get the verdict on where it falls on the good/bad spectrum. [Rink]
  • With seven more games in the books, we do another vibe check on the Caps. [Rink]
  • And last but not least, check out a potential candidate (and some runners up) for the Caps’ MVP so far this season - and cast a vote for your choice. [Rink]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night’s win from us, Vogs, Caps video (Laviolette, Oshie/Kuznetsov, Dillon, recap), NHL, AP, PHT (with highlights), WaPo, NBCSW, NBCS Boston, Globe, Herald, Peerless, NoVa Caps, RMNB, and Stanley Cup of Chowder.
  • Offense has rarely been an issue for the Capitals - but now as Laviolette’s system starts to sink in, they’re learning to win with defense, as well. [NBCSW]
  • Zdeno Chara’s former teammates talk about their former captain on his return to Boston. [NBCSW]
  • There may not have been fans on hand to honor Chara’s return, but the Bruins did incorporate them into a nice tribute video that got the big man a little teary-eyed:
  • How do the Caps’ netminders stack up against the rest of the East Division? [NoVa Caps]
  • Nicklas Backstrom’s consistency has always been important and a key part of his game, but this season it’s helped get the Caps through some tough times. [THW]
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov’s faceoff numbers have started to creep up a bit of late; could that be a result of Michael Peca joining the coaching staff? [NBCSW]
  • News and notes from yesterday’s pregame skate in Boston. [Caps video (Laviolette, Eller, Jensen)
  • NHL Insider Bob McKenzie had some thoughts on the Caps’ potential trade deadline plans as well as an update on Alex Ovechkin’s pending contract situation. [PHT]
  • Early February was not a good time for the Caps (or their fans) - but it seems as if they’ve pulled themselves out of the doldrums. [THW]