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Nicklas Backstrom scored a natural hat trick on Saturday night, which meant Caps fans got a chance to throw their favorite hats onto the ice.

But not everything they threw were hats.

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Wish-recipient Lauren Santora had a great weekend. Her dream came true meeting Alex Ovechkin. She scored on Braden Holtby, a goal that was eventually narrated by voice of the Caps, John Walton.

And that was just Friday. On Saturday, the eight-year-old suffering from type 1 diabetes, was honored at the Caps/Lightning game. Well, if you call getting snowed by Tom Wilson an honor (which she probably would).

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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom made it rain hats tonight. Nicky scored the first regular-season hat trick of his career and the Caps’ first natural hat trick since Alex Semin did it in 2010. Backstrom’s only other hatty came against the Habs in the 2010 playoffs (OMG DONT REMIND ME).

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Midway through the second period, the Capitals faced a daunting challenge. Alex Ovechkin and Mike Green got whistled for penalties, giving Tampa a full two-minute five-on-three power play.

No matter, Braden Holtby was up for the challenge, making one of the most brilliant saves of the year.

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Stephen Strasburg is at the Caps Game

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Earlier today, the Washington Nationals held their annual fan fest in DC. All of the big names were in attendance (minus big pewpy Bryce Harper). Stephen Strasburg, who traveled all the way from San Diego to hang out with fans, attended the Capitals game later that night.

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Photos: Amanda Bowen

On Friday, the Washington Capitals hosted eight-year-old Lauren Santora at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Lauren, who suffers from type 1 diabetes, had one wish: to meet her favorite hockey player, Alex Ovechkin.

The Connecticuter got that and then some. After going on a Caps shopping spree and practicing with the team, Santora was asked by Ovechkin to go on a two-on-none against Braden Holtby. You’d think selfish Ovi would shoot, but instead he dished to Santora, who nailed the puck into the back of the net. It was a super sweet moment.

After publishing video of that goal yesterday, @dlj26 tweeted us to say he’d love to hear the voice of the Capitals, John Walton, call the goal. We agreed, so we asked the notoriously busy play-by-play man. He came through in the clutch.

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Today was a great day at practice as the Washington Capitals granted the wish of 8-year-old Lauren Santora. Her dream was to meet Alex Ovechkin. She got that and then some.

The Norwalk, CT native, who has been playing hockey since age two, combined with the Russian machine to score the sweetest goal of her career.

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The Washington Capitals outshot the Columbus Blue Jackets 41-23 on Thursday night, but they got just one standings point out of the game because they couldn’t convert enough power plays.

Also, Caps veteran Jason Chimera, who has struggled this season, took the dumbest interference penalty ever in overtime.

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Whose goal? (Photo: Rob Carr)

The Washington Capitals dominated the Columbus Blue Jackets in the game’s opening minutes before coming up short in overtime. The Caps authored 12 of the game’s first 13 shots, including a sweet Eric Fehr deflection goal on the power play.

Except I kinda think Alex Ovechkin touched it last.

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Here’s a photo of Andre Burakovsky not playing hockey. (Photo: @alex_prewitt)

Scratched for the last three games, Caps rookie center Andre Burakovsky seemed like the perfect candidate to play in the World Junior Championship and regain his confidence. Team Sweden head coach Rikard Gronborg added “Andre has clearly stated to us that he wants to participate in the tournament.”

Well, hold up. TSN’s Bob McKenzie tweeted on Thursday night that the Caps don’t plan to let Burakovsy attend the tournament. The Caps themselves say no decision has been made yet.

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