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Oh, boy, get your tissues ready. I just received the final update from Bensten Schone’s family, and spoiler alert: it’s a good one.

If you hadn’t heard, six-year-old Bensten was seriously injured in a sledding accident back in January. His family started a hashtag, #pray4bman, that went viral across the region. A ton of people, especially Bensten’s fellow Caps fans, sent words of encouragement to B-man and his family.

With Bensten now home and on the long road to full recovery, his family posted a YouTube video recapping the incredible journey the family has been on for the past few weeks. It includes many of your tweets and photos. It’s so inspiring and a great reminder of what an amazing community we have as Caps fans.

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Photo: Patrick Smith

This is amazing.

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With Tom Wilson out with a head injury, the Washington Capitals recalled forward Stan Galiev Tuesday morning from the Hershey Bears. It’s the first time the 23-year-old Russian, drafted in 2010, has ever been promoted to the NHL. For the longest time, it seemed like Galiev, struggling with injuries and system play, was destined to be a top prospect who flamed out. Instead, according to Barry Trotz, Galiev will likely get a uniform Wednesday night against the Boston Bruins after lighting up the AHL this season.

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There used to be a guy behind the Caps bench who looked like Ray Liotta. He made wacky decisions that harmed the team, like forcing Braden Holtby to play deep in the net, altering everyone’s sticks, and sometimes being too honest during press conferences.

But if there was one decision that was more bizarre than the rest: pairing Alex Ovechkin– this generation’s greatest goal scorer– with Jay Beagle and AHL journeyman Joey Crabb on the first line.

For more evidence of why it was such an awful decision, I direct you to an Instagram video from Paul Bissonnette.

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Last night, the Washington Capitals found out that they had earned a playoff spot while flying back to DC from Detroit. According to the Caps’ Mike Vogel, there was a “loud cheer on the plane as [the] boys learned the news.”

If that wasn’t endearing enough, the Caps took a ridiculous celebration picture as Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, and Alex Ovechkin emerged from the plane. They smiled for the camera flailing their arms like it was an R. Kelly video.

Ovechkin didn’t stop there. Not even a little.

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Photo: Dave Reginek

The Washington Capitals beat one of the best possession teams in the league on Sunday, but not before weathering a last-minute onslaught by the Detroit Red Wings. That onslaught included six shot attempts – five of which were blocked by Washington defenders.

Karl Alzner literally saved the game himself, diving in front of a Riley Sheahan shot with 15.8 seconds remaining. Teemu Pulkkinen’s point shot ricocheted off Matt Niskanen’s skate to a wide-open Sheahan at the left circle. With Holtby facing the other direction, Alzner sacrificed his body – much like Tom Wilson did a few minutes earlier – and blocked the attempt with an awkward double-leg slide.

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Caps Clinch Playoff Spot

So I have some good news. Combined with their 2-1 victory tonight and the Senators’ shootout loss, the Capitals are back in the playoffs.

That feels so damn good to type, especially after the Caps missed the dance entirely last season.

Now let’s celebrate. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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After a huge penalty kill, Brooks Laich was CSN Washington’s guest for the second intermission interview. Something about Laich just looked a bit off. Did he get a new haircut? Is his beard beardier than usual? I just couldn’t put my finger on it.

Then Dave Nichols of the District Sports Page pointed it out.

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Hockey can be a dangerous sport and tonight we got a reminder of that.

Late in the third period, Tom Wilson blocked a Danny DeKeyser point shot with the side of his head. The puck appeared to strike Wilson in the helmet. Wilson lied on the ice stunned after the impact. Capitals teammates, including Mike Green and Braden Holtby, raced to Wilson’s side.

It was a scary moment, but Wilson left the game under his own power.

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Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green is officially in The Zone. During the second period, Green unleashed a wicked, rising slap shot from his Stealth stick that Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek could not handle.

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