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A few weeks ago, I did a feature on Frederick native Amelia Segal, one of NBC 4’s star meteorologists. We learned about her love of hockey and her relationship with the Caps. We learned that she’s a big nerd (I mean this in a loving way).

Now, with the blessings of NBC 4, Ameila will be providing Winter Classic forecasts for us like she’s RMNB’s own Jim Cantore.

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burakovsky

The drama continues. Hours after the Capitals announced that they had sent Andre Burakovsky to AHL Hershey, the Swedish Hockey Federation held a phone interview in which they accused the NHL and the Capitals of “a breach of contract.” It was first reported by Hans Abrahamsson of the Swedish sports website Aftonbladet.

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The Washington Capitals released their holiday video today. The video features players from the Wizards and Caps posing, ridiculously, for Christmas cards.

Then they cut to raw footage in front of the green screen, which is great.

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Photo: Patrick McDermott

Friday morning, the Washington Capitals sent Andre Burakovsky to the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears. The demotion comes on the heels of the Caps not allowing Burakovsky to play in the World Junior Championship, an opportunity that the Burracuda privately stated he wanted.

The re-assignment ends two weeks of scratches for one of the NHL’s best prospects, which had been a shining example of how not to develop a young player (don’t get me started on 65 and 92 playing on the fourth line). Today, that changes.

Burakovsky will get huge minutes in Hershey. He’ll be able to work on system play while skating in a physical league. He’ll be shadowed by and defended by some of the best players in the American league. This will be good for his development.

The WJC decision still confounds and troubles me, but hey, #GMBM.

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Fehr watches the puck go in from his knees.

Mike Green was a hockey Istari all Thursday night, but never more than he was in overtime.

In the first shift after rego, Mike Green piloted yet another controlled entry into the Columbus zone. Green’s fake shot forced Jack Johnson to revert to his initial form– the NHL’s version of Magikarp. Then Green sailed below the goal line, earning enough space to give Eric Fehr a gorgeous layup.

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Karl Alzner’s Skill Goal (GIF)

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Hockey is a funny. Sometimes the offensively inept Brooks Orpik scores the prettiest goal of the season in a 20-round shootout. Sometimes shy-shooting Karl Alzner scores a skill goal on Vezina trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky, which is what happened on Thursday night.

I don’t get it either, but look at this.

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The second period of the Caps/Blue Jackets was insane. There were 42 penalty minutes in the middle stanza and three fights. The bout that kicked things off was Tom Wilson going up against 6’2″, 215 lbs enforcer Dalton Prout. Wilson has pretty much never lost a fight at the NHL level.

You might know Prout from his one-punch knockout of Milan Lucic.

Wilson fared a bit better than Lucic, but not much better.

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When are you supposed to lie down and slide in hockey? I don’t know. Maybe Alex Ovechkin doesn’t either. In the first period of the Blue Jackets game, Ovi made a consummate block, eliminating a scoring chance by Jeremy Morin.

He slid all the way to the end boards. Two Jackets had to hop over him.

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On Wednesday afternoon, ESPN’s Scott Burnside wrote about the “distinct lack of buzz” surrounding this year’s Winter Classic. One contributing factor, at least for me, is the lack of an alumni game. I was really looking forward to watching former enforcer Alan May crush everyone because he’s the only one still in shape.

Last week, Chris Gordon tried to divine the reasons behind the decision. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly has said the late deal between the Nationals and the NHL was a contributing factor. Commissioner Gary Bettman disagreed and gave RMNB something of a non-answer.

Burnside painted a clearer picture. According to him, the Nationals wanted to “minimize the repairs needed to get the field back in baseball shape.”

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The United States normalized its relations with Cuba, The Interview was cancelled due to hacking and terrorist threats, and the Washington friggin’ Capitals and Florida Panthers set an NHL record for the longest shootout. These were the headlines of the NBC Nightly News on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

When I heard the Caps mentioned, I nearly had an accident. I’m guessing this is the first time the Caps were on the nightly news. Anchor Brian Williams spoke about the “harrowing tie-breaker hockey” as Joe Beninati’s call of the game could be heard in the background.

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