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Just chilling.

This is stupid, but I’m compelled to report it.

During an SHL game between Lulea and HV71, Lulea veteran forward Per Ledin (remember him, Colorado readers?) drank out of a goalie’s water bottle in the most Swedish move ever.

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Finding Roles for the Caps’ Misfits

Evgeny Kuznetsov is among the players for whom Barry Trotz has struggled to find a consistent spot in the line-up. (Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty)

To break out of their slump, the Capitals needed offensive contribution from their second line. Marcus Johansson and Andre Burakovsky scored four points each in the last three games, all Caps wins. Before that, when the Capitals struggled to get points, their third line featuring Joel Ward and Jason Chimera shone. Right now, the Caps have an eight-plus goal-scorer on each of their top three lines in Alex Ovechkin, Johansson, and Ward.

Coach Barry Trotz has found three successful pairs so far: Ovechkin-Backstrom, Johansson-Brouwer, Chimera-Ward. Andre Burakovsky seems to have secured second-line center position for now, which leaves two main vacancies in top nine: top-line right wing and third-line center.

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Gersich with Team USA at the 2014 U18 World Juniors (Photo: IIHF)

Washington Capitals fifth-round pick in 2014 Draft Shane Gersich has been named to the Team USA roster for the 2014 World Junior A Challenge, the tournament showcasing the best players from “A” level leagues, such as the Canadian CJHL and the American USHL.

The tournament is held every year in Canada. This year, the games will be played in Kindersley, Saskatchewan.

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Фото: Джефф Бурк

“Вашингтон” продлил свою победную серию до трех матчей, переиграв дома “Коламбус”, 4-2. После разочаровывающего первого периода, “Блю Джекетс” навязали столичному клубу борьбу и имели шансы свести игру к ничьей, но в решающие моменты “Вашингтон” был чуть лучше.

“Коламбус”, у которого лазарет заполнен чуть более, чем полностью, проиграли перед этой игрой восемь матчей подряд и гордо носили звание худшей команды НХЛ, которая не называется “Баффало Сэйбрз”. Всего “Жакеты” недосчитались, учитывая дисквалификацию Джека Джонсона, десяти игроков основы, в том числе Сергея Бобровского, Нэйтана Хортона, Артема Анисимова и Брэндона Дубински. В итоге, атака “Коламбуса” выглядела как “Джохансен, Фолиньо, Хартнелл и еще кучка каких-то малоизвестных ребят”. В обороне не все так прискорбно, а вот основным вратарем “Блю Джекетс” является Кертис “90,1% отраженных бросков в карьере” МакЭлинни. Здесь должна быть шутка про безработного Илью Брызгалова, но я ее так и не придумал.

Таких соперников надо побеждать. Что и было сделано.

Маркус Юханссон пролез к воротам и затолкнул шайбу мимо МакЭлинни примерно через полторы минуты после первого вбрасывания. Шестью минутами позже, Александр Овечкин забил со своей точки в двойном большинстве (беззащитную тройку “Коламбуса” было даже жалко). Кэм Аткинсон ответил через пару минут выстрелом, который прошил Холтби. Потрясающая комбинация в исполнении Джея Бигла и Никласа Бэкстрема в конце первого периода и Овечкин снова прострелил вратаря “Джекетс”.

Во втором периоде команды голов не забивали на протяжении 19 минут, хотя шансов было немало у обоих клубов. Но в самой концовке “Жакеты” усилиями Давида Савара и не без помощи удачного отскока от Брэйдена Холтби одну шайбу отыграли.

В третьем периоде Юханссон забил красивый гол из-за ворот, по сути обеспечив своей команде победу.
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Photo: Sergei Belski

After the Capitals defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 Friday, Sovetsky Sport’s Leonid Varshavsky spoke to Caps rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov. The talented forward, scratched for the first time in his NHL career that night, spoke about his relationship with Barry Trotz and how he’s been adapting to life in America.

All in all, you see a player who readily admits that he still has a lot to learn before he becomes a great player in the NHL. “The hockey is different,” Kuznetsov says. “I understand now that you can’t compare KHL and NHL. It’s entirely different.”

“There’s little use for what you learned in the KHL,” he added. “You learn everything from scratch.”

RMNB’s Fedor Fedin has your translation below.

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Ex-Hershey netminder David Leggio, he of Pierre McGuire impression fame, seems to have found a loophole in the rulebook. We couldn’t be prouder.

Playing for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL, the 30-year-old Leggio, who represented the US at this year’s World Championship, faced a 2-on-0 after his team turned the puck over at center ice. As ex-Lightning forward Dana Tyrell made his way past the blue line, Leggio knocked the net off its moorings.

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Photo: SC Stingrays

Washington Capitals prospect Caleb Herbert scored his first professional hat trick on Saturday. A few days after getting reassigned to ECHL South Carolina from Hershey, Herbert netted three goals as the Stingrays beat the Greenville Road Warriors 4-2.

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Washington Capitals defense prospect Christian Djoos scored two goals and an assist as his Brynas lost to HV71 7-4 on Saturday.

Djoos, who was held off the scoresheet in the first seven games of the season, now has two goals and two assists in the last three games.

Saturday’s contest was Djoos’ first multi-goal game in the top tier Swedish league. The 20-year-old defenseman, who was signed over the summer to a three year entry-level contract, also tied his career high in points in a single game and registered season high 23:33 of ice time.

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Photo: Rich Images Photography

Washington Capitals 2012 fourth-round pick Thomas DiPauli recorded a career-high four points (one goal, three assists) in Notre Dame’s 5-3 win over Lake Superior State University.

When DiPauli was drafted by the Capitals, he was one of two players selected from Notre Dame, along with senior Austin Wuthrich. DiPauli grew up playing with Connor Carrick around the Chicago area. This year, he appears to be breaking out offensively in the NCAA.

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Photo: Hartford Wolf Pack

On Sunday afternoon, Capitals’ AHL affiliate Hershey Bears defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack 1-0 on a goal scored by Casey Wellman with just 1.5 seconds remaining in overtime. Wolf Pack goalie Jason Missiaen made 36 saves on 37 shots over 67 minutes of play, while Caps prospect Pheonix Copley held down the fort for the Bears, recording his first shutout as a pro.

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