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As the Capitals prepare to head west for their six-day road trip to Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Jose and Minnesota here are some stories to get you caught up after the weekend.

*The folks over at were impressed by the Capitals dominating win over Carolina last week and in their weekly division notes said the win solidified Washington's identity as the team to beat in the Southeast.

*For the second time in his career, Alex Ovechkin dented the Devils' Scott Clemmensen's mask.

*It's no secret that the Capitals' entire organization has reaped the benefits of losing seasons and high draft picks, and here's Hockey's Future 2008 audit of the Caps' system to attest that all those selections are coming to fruition. And this just a good a segue as any....

In the system:
*Hershey entered this past weekend as losers of four of their past five, but the Bears got things straightened out with a pair of wins over Philadelphia and a rout of Binghamton for a full six-point weekend.

*On Friday, Francois Bouchard, Graham Mink and Chris Bourque scored goals to help the Bears claim a 3-2 victory over the Phantoms and netminder Scott Munroe, who had 36 saves.

*On Saturday, Oskar Osala recorded his first AHL hat trick to help lead a Bears comeback from down by one at 3-2 to a 7-3 win over the Phantoms.

*But the most impressive victory of the weekend came in the Bears' 9-0 thrashing of Binghamton. The Bears' top line of Alex Giroux, Keith Aucoin and Graham Mink combined for five goals and 13 points.

*The win was the first time Hershey hit the nine-goal mark at Giant Center, with their last nine-goal game in regular season coming on Oct. 23, 1993 over Rochester at Hersheypark Arena. The loss was the most lopsided ever for the Senators who heard fans at the Giant Center began chanting "We want 10. We want 10." -- in the middle of the second period.

By Katie Carrera  |  November 17, 2008; 9:47 AM ET
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I am glad to hear everyone is at least on the ice.

We still have over 48+ hours of healing time for everyone.

I would also expect to see two different goalies on Wed and Thursday night. It will be nice to get Johnny back on track because he was playing so well.

So I guess the Orange Jersey is just to make sure no one touches him? Is Semin still participating in full drills?

Posted by: SA-Town | November 17, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Is it just coincidence that my favorite color is orange?

Posted by: JSchon | November 17, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

There is surely a fine for that last comment i'm sure...

Posted by: JSchon | November 17, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

I have two theories as to why Backs started so slowly this year. One is he is just a slow starter like last year. I had figured that was more Hanlon putting him on the wing that he was not used to. Number two is he hurt his ankle a lot worst than the team let on to.
Which is correct?

Posted by: RichC3 | November 17, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

don't use HF as a source in their system audits. They really don't know what they are talking about vis-a-vis the Caps. I'm on their boards all the time, and I don't even bother to read their articles.

Posted by: FlyersSuck | November 17, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Rumor had it #19 gained more than his number in the off would make sense and it did look like he put on a few.

Posted by: valkova | November 17, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

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