Matt Hendricks Embarrasses Tim Thomas in the Shootout

By now we all know Matt Hendricks has Serious Shootout Skills. But the shootout is a gimmick, a sideshow that decides games for no good reason except to entertain fans. The shootout never really meant much… until tonight.

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Heart Still Beating, Caps beat Bruins 3-2 (SO)

The Washington Capitals stepped out of playoff contention following their loss to Buffalo. Thursday’s game with the Boston Bruins was just the latest in a line of Most Important Games, but you couldn’t tell from watching.

After two scoreless periods, Dennis Wideman took a pass from Marcus Johansson and turned into a huge goal. Not long after, Alex Ovechkin saucered the puck to Johansson for a one-timer tally.

Then Krecji deflected in a shot from that hypothyroid guy with just three minutes left. Andrew Ference tied it up after Wideman failed to clear the zone right after that. Overtime decided nothing.  Caps Bruins 3-2 (Shootout).

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The Capitals held practice after taking their 2011-12 team picture on Monday. Practice wasn’t too serious though, and  Matt Hendricks thought it was the right time  to teach Mathieu Perreault the finer points of fighting. Notice how he manhandles Perry and Carlson and uses the a headbutt to finish them off.

Here’s hoping Perry never decides to drop the gloves in an actual NHL game.

Also see: John Carlson/Jay Beagle Mock Fight

S/T to @phaceoffhockey for the video and for posting it!

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The Washington Capitals have been inspiring a lot lately: swearing, alcoholism, serious consideration of jumping off the 400 level rather than watching another moment of hockey. So inspirational are they in this way that you may not have noticed what good role models they really are for children, and how nice they might look with encouraging slogans across their chest.

The Capitals franchise has always made efforts to connect with younger generations in the local community, often visiting schools and running hockey clinics for kids. We’ve unearthed what seems to be a continuing effort towards this, a series of “Caps@School” postcards where their stars promote wholesome, inspiring messages. (Note: may also double as Valentines in a pinch.)

There doesn’t seem to be a card for if you’re wondering why you spent $75 dollars for terrible seats to see the Caps lose, but if you have questions about the power of your dreams, the Caps have answers.

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Boston Bruins Pregame: Win or Else

Talk is cheap. Get pucks deep. 7 PM on CSN.

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