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Friday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Bruins Game Day

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: the Bruins are looking to even the season series with the Caps at TD Garden tonight, thoughts on Ovi and Samsonov and more.

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

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Check out the latest SB Nation Reacts, where Caps and NHL fans from all over give their vote on questions concerning the team and the sport as a whole. [Rink]
  • Previews for tonight’s rematch against the Bruins from Vogs, Peerless, and AP, and don’t forget to keep a tab on our SB Nation Pals Stanley Cup of Chowder for coverage from behind enemy lines.
  • A few leftover musings from Wednesday night’s Beantown victory from RMNB, NBCSW, and Stanley Cup of Chowder.
  • The DoPS announced yesterday that Alex Ovechkin has been fined $5,000 for spearing Boston’s Trent Frederic in Wednesday’s game. [NHL, NoVa Caps]
  • Speaking of the Great 8, Olie Kolzig says Ovechkin is the best goalscorer in history — if Olie the Goalie says it, it must be true! [NBCSW]
  • How has goalie Ilya Samsonov fared in the beginning of each of his professional hockey seasons before joining the big club? [NoVa Caps]
  • A study published yesterday showed that, while still concerning, cardiac impact is rare for professional athletes who had COVID-19. [ESPN]
  • With the season almost halfway (!) through, take a look at how the Capitals’ stats compare to the rest of the East Division teams. [NoVa Caps]
  • Is it time for Ovechkin and the Caps to get a deal over and done with? [S+S]
  • The revamped schedule is having a surprising effect on scoring in the NHL. [ESPN+ ($)]
  • The Capitals will see something on Sunday they have not experienced all season: fans in the building. [THW]
  • Find out where the Caps rank in Sportsnet’s latest power rankings. [Sportsnet]
  • In some league-wide news, the Calgary Flames announced at 12:49am that they have relieved Geoff Ward of his head coaching duties and have brought back Darryl Sutter to man the bench. [NHL]
  • Happy 65th Birthday to Paul Gardner!
  • Finally, our deepest and most sincere condolences to the Gretzky family on the passing of Walter Gretzky, one of the best hockey dads of all time. This is a horribly sad day for the hockey community and the whole world, and he will be greatly missed.