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Caps Today, 2/8/13

Today’s Storyline
The Washington Capitals will practice today at 11 a.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in preparation for their first meeting of the season against the Florida Panthers Saturday night at Verizon Center.

Alex Ovechkin scored a goal and added an assist in last night’s 5-2 loss to Pittsburgh. Ovechkin now has one goal and three assists during his current three-game point streak. Mike Ribeiro also pitched in with a goal and an assist and now has five multi-point games this season while leading Washington in points (13) and ranking tied for 12th in the league in scoring.

Upcoming Media
Today, 2:45 p.m.: Alan May on Inside the Locker Room, ESPN 980 AM
Tomorrow, 11:30 a.m.: Greg Wyshynski on Sports Saturday, ESPN 980 AM

Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ‘n Chase: Postgame Notebook 2-7-13: Pens 5, Caps 2 / Advanced Analysis
Caps 365: Caps Postgame Locker Room 2/7/13 / Adam Oates Postgame 2/7/13 / Two-Man Advantage 2/7/13 / Dan Bylsma 2/7/13 / Adam Oates 2/7/13 / Alex Ovechkin 2/7/13

Capitals Voice: Catching up with Adam Oates, as Caps invade Pittsburgh / Your Capitals Minute for Thursday, February 7

Washington Post: Washington vs. Pittsburgh: Penguins crush Washington, 5-2 / Coach Adam Oates explains goaltender switch against Penguins / Capitals Insider: Sidney Crosby on Alex Ovechkin: 'I'm sure eventually the points will come / Capitals Insider: Capitals searching for more offensive production / Capitals Insider: Struggling Nicklas Backstrom needs a jump start / DC Sports Bog: Troy Brouwer on the Brouwer Rangers 

Washington Times: Adam Oates, Dan Bylsma talked hockey long before coaching careers / Sidney Crosby, Penguins still respect struggling Alex Ovechkin / Transcript: Alex Ovechkin disgusted after Caps' loss to Penguins / Capitals Watch: Capitals implode, get routed by Penguins / Capitals Watch: Why Mike Ribeiro goal counted after Marc-Andre Fleury lost mask / Capitals Watch: Sidney Crosby 'a little bit' surprised by Alex Ovechkin's slow start / Capitals Watch: What is Capitals' biggest problems? / Capitals Watch: Roman Hamrlik replaces Tom Poti for Caps at Penguins

Washington Examiner: Loose Pucks: Penguins 5, Caps 2: Five Observations

CSN Washington: Capitals Talk: Penguins crank up the power / Capitals Talk: Leaky goaltending killing Capitals / Capitals Talk: Caps' confidence running on empty after loss / Capitals Talk: Instant analysis: Penguins 5, Capitals 2 / Capitals Talk: Pens, Caps share thoughts on Ovechkin / Capitals Talk: Capitals Net Presence, Episode 2

ESPN:  Craig Custance Blog: Capitals face uncertain path forward

Sports Illustrated: One Year Out: Ovechkin, Russia thirsty for redemption in Sochi
Ted’s Take: Hockey Night in Canada / Bloomberg on Monumental Network  / The Top 20 Websites in the World / Alicia Keys in Africa  / Wizards Win Seven of Last Eight Home Games
District Sports Page: CAPS: Hockey ‘n Heels is Monday, Feb. 18 / CAPS: Washington Capitals to Celebrate Hockey is for Everyone Month

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