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Evgeny Kuznetsov has always been good at celebrating goals. We’ve seen him kayak down the ice, do push-ups, play dead on the ice, do a baseball slide, start an invisible lawnmower, and whatever this actually is I still have no idea.

Before the season, Kuznetsov participated in the NHL Rookie Challenge. Upper Deck asked him to come up with the most creative goal celebration he could imagine. (I’m guessing this came after the figure skating.) Kuznetsov did not disappoint.

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John Carlson: 2014-15 Season Review

For a team based in America’s capital, the Washington Capitals haven’t had a lot of American players in recent years. That changed in 2014-15, when the team’s number-one defense pairing happened to be same one that played together for the American Olympic team in Sochi: Brooks Orpik and the subject of today’s review, John Carlson.

Carly rules, and these colors don’t run. USA! USA! USA!

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Earlier in the year, the NHLPA did a feature on Alex Ovechkin and asked his teammates about him.

“The one thing I would love the hockey world to know about Alex is that he has the worst style ever,” Troy Brouwer said lovingly of his captain then.

This quote is particularly relevant now. Ovechkin participated in a charity basketball game in Russia on Saturday. And well– there’s no nice way to say this– he wore the ugliest shoes ever.

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On Saturday, Evgeny Kuznetsov visited Fire Station 4 in Clarendon to get help installing a baby seat in his car. On Monday, we found out why. His wife Nastia gave birth to the couple’s first child. It’s a girl. The Capitals reported on Twitter that both mom and the baby are doing well.

Kuznetsov first shared the news on Instagram with a photo of his new daughter’s tiny feet. His caption reads in Russian: “I am a dad. Thank you for my daughter, my love.” On Twitter, he says pretty much the same thing, but refers to himself as Batya, which means father in Russian.

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On Saturday, Evgeny Kuznetsov visited his local fire station, Fire Station 4 in Clarendon, bearing gifts. The newly minted 23-year-old was also in need of some help. I’ll let Nate Hiner, a firefighter there, explain.

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On the morning of Wednesday, May 13, my Twitter feed was full of skittish anticipation. The Capitals were about to faceoff against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The winner would face the Tampa Bay Lightning with a trip to the Stanley Cup Final on the line. The loser’s season would end under that famous flat roof.

However, game seven wasn’t the only reason the Internet was abuzz: thanks to Eric Fehr, RMNB had just revealed the secret nicknames of the Capitals’ locker room. This came on the heels of my interrogation of Jay Beagle over the demise of his flip phone two days earlier.

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Andre Burakovsky: 2014-15 Season Review

Let’s get this out of the way now: Andre Burakovsky is one of the best forwards on this team and never should have been scratched or sent to Hershey during the 2014-15 season.

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In the summer of 2011, the Washington Capitals gave Joel Ward a four-year, $12 million contract. The deal was largely based on Ward’s play over 12 games when Ward scored 13 points during Nashville’s run to the second round under Barry Trotz. In the regular season that year, Ward had scored just 10 goals. He was 31-years-old. Some of George McPhee‘s gambles didn’t work out, but this one did.

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Unlike fellow Russian teammate Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov has remained in DC since the season ended. On Tuesday, Kuznetsov celebrated his 23rd birthday with friends at Mari Vanna, a Russian restaurant on Connecticut Avenue. As per Russian tradition (I guess), there were terrifyingly large sparklers (how the building didn’t burn down, I don’t know) and a birthday cake. Also clapping. Lots of clapping.

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Troy Brouwer: 2014-15 Season Review

The hero of January 1st (Photo: Dave Sandford)

The name of the Washington Capitals’ primary, um, uh, secondary scoring threat is Troy Brouwer, and for the second year in a row Brouw cracked twenty goals and forty points.

So, why the heck would anyone ever be down on Troy?

Maybe scoring three goals in the last 33 games, one since April, and none in the playoffs has something to do with it.

By the Numbers

82 Games played
17:31 Average time on ice per game
21 Goals
22 Assists
51.3% Shot attempt percentage during 5v5
54.8% Goal percentage during 5v5

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