Your inspirational video of the day via YouTube user shilo0712.

Never forget. (via @daveizzle)

350 days ago the Capitals were disgracefully Halak’d from the playoffs, suffering their second consecutive heart-breaking game 7 defeat in front of their home fans. Do you remember how bad that was? After a regular season in which the Caps set franchise records for standings points (121), wins (54), and consecutive victories (14), we all sat dumbfounded in our chairs as players like Mike Cammalleri celebrated on our home ice like he had slayed Goliath. But did the Habs really do something special? Or did the Capitals play arrogantly, refusing both to elevate their game and do the little things to achieve playoff victory?

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The New York Times: Caps Look for Redemption in Playoffs

The last time these teams faced-off in the playoffs, Sergei Fedorov scored the game-winner to eliminate the Rangers in seven games. (Photo credit: Mitchell Layton)

The Capitals find themselves in the top spot in the East for the second year in a row. Washington, however, hopes that is where the similarities to last year end as they bring a new system and mindset into the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs. But the Rangers won’t go easily.

Read more about the Capitals’ views as they head into the postseason in this post by RMNB’s own Chris Gordon for The New York Times’ Slap Shot.

Ovechpunch! Ovechpunch! (Photo credit: Jim McIsaac)

On Wednesday, the Washington Capitals will take on the New York Rangers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The Caps haven’t faired well against New York this season, losing three out of four regular season games including 6-0 and 7-0 shutouts. In fact, the 7-0 shutout was so bad, Alex Ovechkin found it necessary to fight. However, that was then. This is now. Let’s take a look at the numbers to preview what should be an interesting matchup.

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Part of being a stat geek “numbers guy” means I go on the record a lot with predictions, and this season was no different. Sometimes I’m right and sometimes I am righter. Let’s take a look back and see how I did both on RMNB and on my posts for The Washington Post’s Capitals Insider.

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“Sorry, Penguin!” Oh, Ovi.

S/T to the Capital One Facebook page for posting.

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Video: The Caps Rap 2

Andrew Bowser has finally released Caps Rap 2 to the world. This time via CSN Washington. And it’s brilliant, much like the first. Take a look for yourself and let us know what you think in the comments below.

S/T to @KnublesKnights for alerting us on Twitter.

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#beardpact Year 2 Begins Now

RMNB Presents #beardpact

The 2010-11 NHL regular season will end around 9:00pm Sunday, forbidding any overtime or shootout shenanigans. The Washington Capitals’ season concluded at around 9:45pm Saturday night. Before you and your hockey friends head out for a celebratory drink before the Caps take on the Rangers next week, consider the state of your chin. Are you sporting a bit of weekend scruff? A well-kept van dyke? A two-foot beard tucked into your belt to signify your status as King Under the Mountain? In any case, shave it. Shave it now. The season is over, and the time has come to start fresh.

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RMNB Party 3: The Beard Groweth

RMNB Party 3: The Beard Groweth

We’ll see you guys tonight. Also, special thanks to 105.7 The Fan’s Sky Kerstein for promoting the party earlier today on his talk show “Morning Skate!” If you guys need any more information, you can find it here.

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Neuvirth lets in the game's only goal

The game’s only goal. Whatever. (Photo credit: Alan Diaz)

The Capitals will face the Rangers -- who won 5-2 Saturday -- in the first round of the playoffs. (Photo credit: Jonathan Klein)

The Capitals will face the Rangers -- who won 5-2 Saturday -- in the first round of the playoffs. (Photo credit: Jonathan Klein)

The game that impacted the Capitals the most Saturday night didn’t involve Washington at all. In fact, it took place 13 hours away from them in Raleigh, North Carolina.

With the New York Rangers beating the New Jersey Devils 5-2 on Saturday afternoon, the Carolina Hurricanes had to get the victory Saturday night to tie New York at 93 standings points. By virtue of holding the tie-breaker Carolina would pick-up the eighth and final playoff spot, getting themselves a date with the Caps.
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YouTube is rife with amateur video packages. However, VazorProduction bucks the trend with his latest montage dedicated to the Washington Capitals. The talented YouTube user has put together some of the greatest moments from the Caps’ 2010-11 regular season and put it to the tune of 12 Stones’ “We Are One.” If this doesn’t get you infinitely more excited about the playoffs, then I’m not sure anything will. One. More. Game.