Former Capitals beat-writer Tarik El-Bashir takes a picture of former Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau. Weiiiiiird.

On Saturday night, Bruce Boudreau returned to Giant Center for the first time since he was head coach of the Washington Capitals to watch the Anaheim Ducks’ AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, take on the Bears. Sitting with friend and former boss Bears’ general manager Doug Yingst, Boudreau got to see Norfolk rout Hershey 5-1 and witness one of his former players nearly check enforcer Jay Rosehill into the team’s bench. Well with Norfolk set to take on Hershey at the Verizon Center on Thursday for the AHL Showcase, Boudreau stayed in the area, and tonight the former Jack Adams award-winner showed up on the sidelines of the Washington Redskins Monday Night Football game against the New York Giants. Aww, he looks so jolly.

So the question is: are you guys happy to see him back?

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Resisting… urge… to make fun of MG52’s shirt. (Photo credit: @KevinMacDonnell)

Via his Twitter account @GreenLife52, Mike offers a free drink to his 75k+ followers

NHL players have missed their first four paychecks of the 2012-13 season, but one Washington Capitals player is still willing to empty his pockets for a good cause. On Saturday night, Mike Green asked all of his followers in a tweet to come out to the popular sports bar Front Page Arlington. The all-star defenseman then bought all Caps fans in attendance a round of shots and then later just paid for the entire bar tab. Green also served drinks from behind the bar, signed autographs and took pictures with fans, and even participated in the last round of a day-long poker tournament to help benefit Hurricane Sandy victims and the Ballston restaurant whose revenue is down 10% because of the lockout. How cool is that?!

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: hockey players are the most down-to-earth and generous athletes in any sport. These types of gestures make fans for life, regardless of how the unnecessary league-imposed lockout darkens our collective hockey souls.

Below the jump, I’ve included a few more pictures from the night — and if you’ve got some more, feel free to send ‘em our way.

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