Caps prospect Patrick Wey (left) poses with the Lefty Smith – “Snooks” Kelley Memorial Trophy. (Photo credit: BC Eagles Facebook Page)

On Friday night, three Washington Capitals prospects participated in the Holy War on Ice, the annual game between Boston College and Notre Dame. Boston College held on to win 3-1, riding two goals from Calgary Flames draft pick Johnny Gaudreau. Caps defensive prospect and Eagles’ assistant captain Patrick Wey helped on Boston College’s first goal of the night, scored by Pat Mullane, while Capitals 2012 fourth-round draft pick Thomas DiPauli scored Notre Dame’s only goal. The Capitals other fourth-round pick of 2012, Austin Wuthrich, didn’t get on the scoresheet for Notre Dame.

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Last summer, it was Fatgate. Slouchgate. Whatever. Rumors swirled that Alex Ovechkin had packed on a few pounds. Not like Byfuglien weight, but more than his once lithe frame was used to. We dismissed the scandal, and Ovechkin played perfectly fine, but maybe there was something to it after all.

Speaking with Alexey Karpenko of VTBRussia.ru last month, Ovechkin came clean about his fitness these last few years and what has changed. (Spoiler: it’s Maria.)

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In the seventh round of the 2012 NHL Draft, George McPhee found a diamond in the rough and selected Swedish defenseman Christian Djoos. Djoos, ranked the 18th-best European skater coming into this past year’s draft, has turned out to be a potential steal, playing regular minutes for the defending champions of the Swedish Elite League, Brynäs (Nicklas Backstrom’s former team). The five-foot, eleven-inch, 158-pound Swede is averaging 14:33 minutes of ice time per game, ranking fourth among all rookies.

Last Friday, during a morning skate and ahead of Brynäs’ away game against Timrå, Djoos suffered a serious knee injury. The Brynäs defenseman was sent into surgery the next day, with many team officials fearing the worst.

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Joe Juneau

That’s the stuff right there.

I was 13-years-old on June 4th, 1998, when Joe Juneau scored the biggest goal in Washington Capitals history, pushing a rebound past Buffalo Sabres goaltender (and future hall of famer) Dominik Hasek 6:24 into overtime. The 3-2 OT victory sent the Capitals to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time and my father to the Home Depot to buy a bottle of wood glue for the bed post I destroyed celebrating said goal. Oak should be stronger, really.

“Everybody wants to be a hero in a game like this,” Juneau told reporters that night. “I really believed our line was going to end up scoring the winning goal.”

Fourteen years later, Juneau was asked by the Capitals, in their latest Alumni Spotlight, to revisit that moment.

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As a reminder to all of you hooligans to vote today, we’ve unveiled a new t-shirt in our store. While we all may have wildly different opinions on who we think would be best in the White House for the next four years, let’s all agree on this: Barack Obama is an amazing singer Voting Yes For Number 8. This finely printed red shirt will be available in our Spreadshirt store for today only. Check out the shirt, buy one or two or ten, and be the envy of all your friends.

Before you start hassling us да means yes in Russian. Here’s a bigger version of the graphic.

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Whatever you think of Bruce Boudreau, he will forever be a part of DC hockey lore. He transformed the Washington Capitals into contenders, won the Jack Adams his first year behind the bench, and he invigorated a languid fan base. He had stories; amazing hockey stories. After talking with Caps radio man John Walton, I’m ready to share one of Bruce’s most legendary moments.

On December 26, 2006, Bruce Boudreaua few months after his first AHL championship and exactly a full year before he was permanently hired as head coach of the Washington Capitals — jumped onto a bus with the Hershey Bears for a 220-mile jaunt up I-95 to Bridgeport, Connecticut. The Bears had Christmas off and were forced to travel the day of the game. The drive usually takes about three and a half hours.

The team ran into post-holiday traffic, pushing their arrival time back a few hours. When the Bears finally arrived at the Arena at Harbor Yard, they had just 20 minutes before warm-ups. As each player grabbed his gear off the bus, they ran to the locker room. Boudreau, who always preferred the comfort of his track-suit on the bus, grabbed his only companion, a suit bag, and headed inside to the visiting team’s coaches’ office along with assistant Bob Woods and general manager Doug Yingst.

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“If your beard won’t grow, you resort to other means. #Movember #Gunter” Translated by Jacob Ware.

Growing a manly mustache can be difficult if you’re an 18-year-old Swede. You’re not even through with the throes of puberty, and you’ve probably got blonde hair. Take it from a guy with experience: fair hair impressive manstache.

Washington Capitals first round pick Filip Forsberg and his best bud Jacob De La Rose are painfully aware of their facial hair shortcomings, so here’s their workaround for Movember. It involves felt!

Next time, take Nick Offerman’s advice and eat a raw onion instead:

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Marcus Johansson Scores First Allsvenskan League Goal

D’aww. Look how proud he is. (Photo credit: hockeyallsvenskan.se)

Last Tuesday, Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson signed a lockout contract with BIK Karlskoga of the Swedish Allsvenskan League, where the team would only pay his $5,000 monthly insurance fee. Keeping in a tradition that seems to ring true for all Capitals players playing overseas (plus Brads and Biznasty), Johansson is paying instant dividends for his new club, registering his first Allsvenskan League goal in BIK Karlskoga’s 4-2 win over Mora Saturday.

Video is below the jump.

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Sean Avery on his bike in Manhattan.

Sean Avery is one of the biggest assholes in NHL history, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a heart off the ice. As Hurricane Sandy rolled through New York City earlier this week, Avery jumped on his bicycle with filmmaker Casey Neistat to explore the devastation of downtown Manhattan. The team spent four hours in the storm, capturing film of the flooding and even helping a man trapped in his car. Shame we didn’t see this side of Avery before he retired this summer, because this version of the guy– dutiful and selfless– is damn likable.

To all of our readers who were affected by the storm: our hearts go out to you. We encourage everyone to donate some spare change to the Red Cross to help out the victims and expedite recovery.

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On Tuesday, Marcus Johansson became the sixth Washington Capital to sign in Europe, agreeing to a short-term contract with BIK Karlskoga of the Swedish Allsvenskan League. Johansson is pretty much playing for free, as Karlskoga is paying his insurance, which is $5,000 a month.

On Thursday, Mojo suited up and made his debut, skating on Karlskoga’s second line as their right-winger. Wearing familiar #90, Johansson finished without points and a minus-1 in Karlskoga’s 3-1 loss to Södertälje.

Meanwhile, Johansson’s new teammate, Martin Thelander, posted a video on Viasat’s Facebook page documenting a typical gameday for him. Johansson is included in the clip, interviewed by Thelander, who interviews Mojo with a banana.

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