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Matt Ridley and Mike Ridley (Photos: Les Stockton and Washington Capitals)

We don’t usually report on ECHL transactions, but this is a special case. The Washington Capitals’ affiliate in the ECHL, the South Carolina Stingrays, have announced the signing of defenseman Matt Ridley. Matt is the son of longtime former Capital Mike Ridley, a Canadian center who spent ten years in Landover during two separate stints with the team.

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Cover via @WashCaps

Tuesday morning, the Washington Capitals released the latest cover of Sports Illustrated (at least for this region).

It features Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones.

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On Monday afternoon, we learned a Russian teen named Denis got this Alex Ovechkin tattoo on his arm. The story broke on the bro-iest of brosites to ever eat pineapple pizza, Barstool Sports. The story spread like wildfire, showing up on Puck Daddy and CBS Sports.

When you’re a bro, sometimes you miss stuff right under your nose. Barstool missed the coolest part of the story: Ovechkin himself not only liked the photo, he also commented on it in Russian. Whaaaaa.

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Washington Capitals top defensive prospect Madison Bowey tallied three fancy assists in the Kelowna Rockets’ convincing 8-2 win over the Prince George Cougars on Saturday.

It was the first WHL game of the year for Bowey, who missed his team’s first two games (both wins) while he participated in the Caps’ training camp. Bowey was assessed four penalty minutes (two roughing minors) as the teams combined for 92 minutes in the penalty box.

Bowey was named the game’s first star.

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“GUYS I SCOARED” (Photo: Molly F.)

On Friday night, Troy Brouwer scored an OTGWG to give the Capitals a 5-4 overtime win over the Bruins. It was a classic Brouwer goal, a hard slap shot from the slot to the top corner of the net.

On Sunday, Brouwer contined his hot streak with a nifty goal. In practice. Unfortunately, his teammates weren’t really paying attention, so he let them know about it. For two minutes.

I’ll let long-time reader Molly F. (@WeWillBonzai) explain.

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Update: Shirts are still available. Get on it.

DMV sports fans are living high on the hog. The Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals have each won their divisions and are now poised for the postseason. The Orioles just finished their best season probably since 1997, and the Nats closed out the regular with a dramatic no-hitter for Jordan Zimmermann. It’s good times on both ball fields.

Yet there are those among us who say you must choose one team and hate the other. The fan police say no true fan can support both Washington and Baltimore at the same time. They say support for one team is betrayal of the other.

Nuts to that. Instead, you and I shall stand shoulder to shoulder, and we’ll don this nifty new RMNB t-shirt, and we shall say, NATRIOLES MAGICTUDE, ‘HON. 

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Last season, Washington Capitals defense prospect Nate Schmidt had his year ended early after suffering a knee injury on a low-bridge hit by Norfolk Admirals defenseman Garnet Exelby.

Playing Montreal on Sunday, Schmidt narrowly missed a head injury after getting elbowed in the noggin by Jarred Tinordi, son of former Capital, Mark Tinordi.

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Shane Gersich Kicks Off USHL Career With Goal

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Gersich battles for the puck. (Photo: Chris Machian/Omaha World-Herald)

Shane Gersich, a Capitals fifth-round pick, started his USHL career with a goal in an Omaha Lancers’ loss to Sioux City Musketeers in overtime in the first game of the regular season.

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his first goal of the preseason. It is literally exactly how you’d imagine it.

Powerplay goal? Check.
At or near the left circle? Check.
The goalie knew it was coming and still couldn’t stop it? Check.

Look at this ish.

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In May, Dmitry Orlov suffered a broken left wrist at the 2014 World Championships, ending the young defenseman’s first appearance on the top Russian national team early. Though hampered by the injury over the summer, Orlov rehabilitated in New York City with former Caps forward Alex Semin before coming to Washington for training camp.

Orlov originally was slated for an opening-night roster spot after being one of the team’s best defensemen last season. Orlov said his wrist is pain free, but he is still wearing a yellow non-contact jersey during training camp.

According to Orlov’s agent, Mark Gandler, the complicated nature of Dima’s surgery is at least part of the reason his rehabilitation has been taking so long.

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