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Friday Caps Clips: Toront-oh no...

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The road trip gets off to a rocky start, the goalies who faced both Ovi and Gretzky break their silence and more.

Washington Capitals v Toronto Maple Leafs Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night’s disaster from us, Vogs, Caps video (Laviolette, Backstrom, Dowd, recap), NHL, AP, WaPo, NBCSW, Sun, Star, WHN, NoVa Caps, RMNB, and PPP.
  • After four strong games, the Caps were back to their old (and bad) tricks in last night’s loss. [NBCSW]
  • Some people in Toronto may not have liked Tom Wilson running into goalie Jack Campbell... but Campbell had no problem with the play and likes Wilson. So there. [Sportsnet]
  • Speaking of Wilson, he opens up about his growth as a player, his turn as an All Star and the need to simply tune out social media. A wise move for us all, tbh. [WHN]
  • As Alex Ovechkin continues to chase down Wayne Gretzky, a handful of goalies who faced both sharpshooters reminisce about being lit up by legends. [The Star]
  • When Nicklas Backstrom sat out Sunday’s game against the Bruins, it was part of a planned maintenance day - something we may see more down the stretch. [NBCSW]
  • There was a lot of chatter in recent years about the Caps needing to unload Evgeny Kuznetsov. Obviously they didn’t - and it was exactly the right move. [S&S]
  • Sizing up the key playoff races across the NHL in the last two weeks of the season. [NoVa Caps]
  • Finally, happy 64th birthday to Keith Acton, happy 45th birthday to Brian Pothier, and happy 39th to Ilya Kovalchuk.