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When the Caps went on the power play in the second period, Braden Holtby showed off another part of his game that we adore: his offense. After an Oiler shot a puck on net, Holtby gloved the puck out of the air, threw it to the ice, and chucked a 110-foot pass to Troy Brouwer at the opposing blue line.

Dude wanted his seventh career assist.

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That black disc-like thing is the puck.

Alex Ovechkin scored again.

Twice actually. In the first period alone. The second one destroyed the net cam.

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Photo: Frederick Breedon

Last night, as I wrote about Alex Ovechkin fulfilling the birthday wish of a five-year-old at practice, I noticed something in the bottom left corner of Chuck Gormley’s photo. (My crazy art school eagle eyes see all the pixels.) It was a glove, and that glove had a special inscription.

I fired up the RMNB Enhancing Machine.

Turns out it’s Evgeny Kuznetsov‘s glove and it is stitched with the name KUZY. Take a look.

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After Caps practice concluded on Monday morning, Alexander Ovechkin remained in his skates to welcome another Alexander onto the ice. The other Alexander, who turned five years old on Monday, had his birthday wish granted: to skate with the Russian machine at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

Sportsnet’s Gene Principe captured a precious photo.

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Heading into the Winter Classic, many Capitals fans noticed something different about Alex Ovechkin. The Russian machine, one of the world’s most well-marketed athletes, was starting to look scruffy again.  Since December 2010, Ovechkin had been either clean-shaven or sporting a meticulously maintained mustache. Until now.

RMNB has confirmed with Gillette that Ovechkin’s four-year contract with the company ended on December 31, 2014.

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The Capitals lost both games of their back-to-back this weekend, but Alex Ovechkin did all he could to keep the Caps close. Against Predators on Friday night, Ovechkin scored two goals in the second period to erase a two-goal hole. The next night in Dallas, Ovechkin scored a breakaway goal twenty seconds into the third period to tie the game.

That one was a beauty.

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Before tonight, back-up goaltender Justin Peters hadn’t played in an NHL game since November 29th. In 7 appearances which totaled just 401 minutes of ice time, Peters faced 172 shots and had an .872 save percentage.

Against Dallas on Saturday, Peter allowed five goals, including two back-breaking third period tallies within 16 seconds. Peters was not great. Karl Alzner summed it up pretty well post-game: “He did pretty good for not getting a start in a while.”

Long-time Caps back-up goaltender Brent Johnson had a distinct perspective on Peters’ performance during CSN’s post-game show. Remember, this is the same man who would sit for long stretches of time as Olie Kolzig handled the boatload of starts in Washington.

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Wardo’s face.

Four minutes into the second period, the Capitals faced what seemed like an insurmountable three-goal deficit. Instead of giving up, they calmly chipped away at the Stars’ lead. Eric Fehr responded one minute after Jason Spezza’s goal ,then Andre Burakovsky tallied a sweet power-play goal ten minutes later to bring the Capitals within one.

It was a sick snipe.

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If you watched the Caps’ pre-game show tonight like I did, you saw some science. While Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin gave a preview of the Caps’ match-up with the Stars tonight, we saw some magic on live TV.

Craig Laughlin literally absorbed an entire Slurpee into his head.

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Before the Washington Capitals take on the Dallas Stars tonight, CSN Mid Atlantic will debut a new song. The country-tinged rock anthem is performed by the D.C.-based Morrison Brothers Band and will serve as the opening theme for the network’s hockey coverage. The news was first reported by my figurative brother at the DC Sports Bog, Scott Allen.

The music video for “Ice on Fire” features — and I know this is shocking — ice and fire. It was shot at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. I’m told no Capitals players were burned alive in the making of this film.

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