Photo credit: Nick Wass

With fewer than 20 games left, the Washington Capitals badly needed a win from the Philadelphia Flyers to stay competitive. This Sunday night rendezvous held pretty high stakes for the Caps, and the team responded with a distinguished effort. But effort ain’t goals.

After a scoreless first period, Eric Wellwood redirected an outside shot from Pavel Kubina to make it 1-0. That’s the whole story. Flyers beat Caps 1-0.

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Photo credit: Nick Wass

Early in the first period of the Flyers-Capitals game, Troy Brouwer delivered a hard (but clean) hit on Philly’s Erik Gustafsson. Gustafsson crashed into the door to the Caps bench and forced it open, which Scott Hartnell considered ungentlemanly.

Hartnell challenged Brouwer to a fight at 5:33 of the first. They spent a long moment duking up, staring each other down, and adjusting their carrot-y curls (that last one does not apply to Troy).

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In addition to being Alex Semin’s birthday, Saturday’s practice was Caps Kids’ Club Day– with some added Russian flavor. Capitals’ employees cordoned off the mezzanine level of Kettler Capitals IcePlex, creating stations for games, face-painting, and sign-making.

Dmitry Orlov manned the autograph station. Having one of the Russians, who is still learning English, interact with children might have been awkward, but Dima was beaming the entire time– especially when a child wearing his number asked for an autograph.

My pictures of the day are below and please note: a) these pictures aren’t nearly as good as Chris Gordon’s would have been; b) the lighting was bad; and c) I may or may not have stolen some juice from one of the stations. I think I owe Ted Leonsis 75 cents.

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