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One of Caps fans’ biggest fears when players head overseas for international competition after the NHL season is the very real threat of injury. We got a taste of that threat today when Evgeny Kuznetsov had to be helped off the ice during Russia’s match against Sweden in the IIHF World Championships underway in Moscow.

Kuzy went down after taking a shoulder to the head from Mikael Backlund, a Swedish center who plays for the Calgary Flames. Kuznetsov did not have the puck.

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At the trade deadline, the Washington Capitals traded Brooks Laich and prospect Connor Carrick to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Daniel Winnik. After spending some time with the big club during the regular season, Carrick and his American Hockey League Toronto Marlies will face the Hershey Bears in the Eastern Conference Finals.

On Monday, the Marlies defeated the Albany Devils in a dramatic Game Seven. Carrick put the Marlies up 3-2 late in the third period.

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On Saturday, former Caps in-game host and CRL contributor Guerin Austin got caught up in a bit of history during her new job as a sideline reporter for NESN. Forty-year-old designated hitter David Ortiz, who is in his final major league season, hit a walk-off double, giving the Red Sox a 6-5 11th inning win over the Astros.

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The Caps trioka is now 2-0 in two World Championship play.

Monday at Moscow’s Ice Palace, the Russian National Team defeated Norway 3-0. Caps defenseman Dmitry Orlov had two assists. Dima received the primary assist on Ivan Telegin’s second period goal and tallied a secondary on Roman Lyubimov’s third period goal.

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Monday, Washington Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan held his end of the season press conference with the media. MacLellan touched on his plans for the offseason, his thoughts on top-rated prospect Jakub Vrana, and what he thought was missing from this year’s team.

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Last night, the Hershey Bears defeated the WBS Penguins in Game Seven with Caps prospect Travis Boyd playing the hero.

Bears radio announcer, Scott Stuccio, was — let’s just say — excited during the goal call.

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MAY 14: Russia's Alexander Ovechkin #8 looks on during the national anthem after a 5-1 preliminary round win over Switzerland at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

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According to Sport Express, Alex Ovechkin accomplished a bit of history on Saturday. When the Great Eight assisted on Evgeny Kuznetsov’s magical, mid-air deflection goal, he tallied his 60th World Championship point. That puts him third all-time among all Russian national team players.

In 68 games, Ovechkin has scored the second-most goals (32) and the fourth-most assists (28) assists.

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The Caps’ affiliate just dispatched the Penguins’ affiliate in the second round of the AHL playoffs. It was all because of Caps’ 2011 sixth round pick Travis Boyd.

The 22-year-old prospect scored the biggest goal of his professional career, tucking a beautiful no-angle shot underneath the crossbar after skating out from behind the Baby Pens net.

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After finishing the regular season as the NHL’s best team, the Washington Capitals fell short of their ultimate goal, losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games during the semi-finals. Captain Alex Ovechkin hasn’t made it past the second round of the playoffs during his entire 11-season career, but despite some national media reports, this season’s early exit was not Ovechkin’s fault.

Ovechkin, along with John Carlson, led the team in points (12) this postseason. Ovechkin finished second to TJ Oshie in goals with five. During breakdown day Thursday, Ovechkin admitted to struggling through the regular season with a nagging injury.

“It was my back, lower back,” Ovechkin said. “Right now it’s gone. The trainers did a great job to keep me safe and healthy.”

This weekend, we also learned of something else Ovechkin was dealing with privately. According to a Russian TV program, two days before the playoffs began Alex Ovechkin’s father Mikhail suffered a heart attack, which caused the family to call for an ambulance.

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Capitals Players Go to Washington Nationals Game

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Sunday afternoon, the Washington Capitals had a group outing at Nats Park to watch the Nationals take on the Miami Marlins. Tom Wilson, Brooks Orpik, Braden Holtby, Nate Schmidt, and Karl Alzner all appeared to be in attendance with children. The Caps had a private suite.

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