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Caps Today, 2/2/13

Today’s Storyline
The Capitals will hold an optional practice today at 12 p.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

Last night in Washington’s 3-2 win over Philadelphia, Nicklas Backstrom scored his first goal of the season and assisted on Troy Brouwer’s goal. It was Backstrom’s 30th and 31st career points (8g-23a) in 19 career games vs. Philadelphia, his highest point total against any non-Southeast Division opponent.

Braden Holtby stopped 29 of the 31 shots he faced from Philadelphia for his first win of the season. The win came against the team he recorded his first career NHL start against on Nov. 7, 2010. 

Upcoming Media
Today, 11:30 a.m.: Greg Wyshynski on Sports Saturday, ESPN 980 AM

Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ‘n Chase: Postgame Notebook 2-1-13: Caps 3, Flyers 2
Caps 365: Adam Oates Postgame 2/1/13 / Flyers Postgame Locker Room 2/1/13 / Caps Postgame Locker Room 2/1/13 / Braden Holtby Postgame 2/1/13 / Adam Oates 2/1/13

Capitals Voice: Adam Oates, on the Flyers Friday night

Washington Post: Capitals vs. Flyers: Adam Oates and Washington continue to find themselves quickly / Capitals vs. Flyers: Troy Brouwer, Wojtek Wolski score third-period goals, lift Washington to 3-2 win  / Capitals Insider: One-timers: Another lead after two periods lost / Capitals Insider: Braden Holtby will start vs. Flyers

Washington Times: Capitals get ugly win they needed vs. Flyers / Capitals Watch: Capitals vs. Flyers: Adam Oates changes up lines / Capitals Watch: Braden Holtby starts for Capitals vs. Flyers

Washington Examiner: Loose Pucks: Caps 2, Flyers 2: Five Observations / Loose Pucks: Caps Game Night - 7 pm vs. Philadelphia / Loose Pucks: Former Cap Mike Knuble returns to Verizon Center with Flyers

CSN Washington: 3-2-Won / Capitals score 2 goals in 3rd, top Flyers 3-2 Capitals hold off Flyers for 3-2 win

Associated Press: Capitals beat Flyers for second win

Sports Illustrated: Capitals show signs of life in tense win over Flyers
WNST: Any Way You Slice It, The Caps Defeating The Flyers is Always Fun
Ted’s Take: More Kudos for "The Good Son" / A Beautiful Moment / Music and Murder / Ugly Road Trip / "The Good Son" / "Unnatural History: Vampires and Witches"

Recent Transactions
Jan. 31 Acquired Casey Wellman from Florida in exchange for Zach Hamill
Jan. 31 Acquired Peter LeBlanc from Chicago in exchange for Mathieu Beaudoin