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On Wednesday, Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich did his weekly radio segment with the Sports Junkies. The Wawota, Saskatchewan-native has missed nine out of the last ten games with an upper-body injury. On Wednesday, Laich told the Junkies that doctors believe he’s dealing with a painful nerve problem in his shoulder/collarbone area.

Laich returned to game action last Friday against the Chicago Blackhawks only to re-injure himself. “By the time I left the arena, I couldn’t touch the left hand to my face,” Laich said. “So obviously it was a little bit sore.”

Um, yeah. That’s not good.

Laich’s full comments on his injury are below.

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After Wednesday’s practice concluded, Braden Holtby took his son Ben out on the ice for a father/son skate. Much like Cale Chimera’s cameo Monday, it was adorable.

Tiny Ben, who is like ten million times cuter than this horrifying photoshop we once made, took the ice for the very first time with a tiny stick and a gigantic bicycle helmet.

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Troy Brouwer was forced to leave the game in the second period briefly after absorbing a vicious slash to the right hand from Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard.

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Nine minutes after his five-on-three tally, Alex Ovechkin scored again. This time it was due to a beautiful, well-timed drop pass from Jay… Beagle?

Wait, what? Did I really just type that?

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It took the Washington Capitals nearly 80 seconds, but they did indeed score on a five-on-three powerplay against one of the most dreadful (and undermanned) teams in the league. And tell me if you’ve heard this one before, Alex Ovechkin scored from The Ovi Spot. Hey! Even the Capitals are calling it that now.

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On Monday, Washington Capitals players got a special treat at practice. Cale Chimera, Jason Chimera’s adorable six-year-old son, came to the rink and hung out with the team.

Or at least I thought it was something the players would enjoy.

“I stay away from him,” Karl Alzner said to NBC Washington, terror in his voice. “He has too much energy for me. If he’s anything like his dad, he’ll be able to go for days.”

During practice, as Caps captain Alex Ovechkin left the ice, he met Cale at the bench. Ovi went for a wrestling move. It ended up being a poor decision on Ovi’s part.

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38-year-old astronaut Reid Wiseman returned to solid ground Sunday, after spending a crazy 166 days in Earth’s orbit on the International Space Station. We’re a fan of Wiseman’s because he’s a home-grown kid. He graduated from Dulaney High School, got his master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, loves the Orioles, and grew up in Timonium, Marlyand, a suburb of Baltimore. The dude even likes hockey.

Wiseman tweeted many beautiful photos and videos of earth from space. They’re so amazing that I felt inclined to post them on our very own hockey blog. Check out what Maryland, DC, lightning, aurora borealis (northern lights), the Hoover Dam, hurricanes, and Italy look like from above.

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This Phil Kessel Penalty Box Selfie Is Not Awkward At All


Kessel, like a curious squirrel, looks on in confusion. (Photo: Andre Ringuette)

Look: I know this has nothing to do with the Capitals and these photos will be shared ad nauseam everywhere, but I have to do it.

On Sunday night, the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre. During the third period, Phil Kessel served a Leafs bench minor for too many men on the ice. While sitting in the box, Kessel, who looks more like a creepy gym teacher or your company’s disgruntled IT guy, noticed a Leafs fan who wanted a photo. Or maybe he was just confused.

This was the result.

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Saturday night before the Los Angeles Kings took on the Vancouver Canucks, Sportsnet’s Hockey Night In Canada panel provided priceless insight on the upcoming Western Conference showdown.

“Adam, thoughts on the game,” host George Stroumboulopoulos asked, tossing it to former Caps head coach Adam Oates.

“Where’s your secondary scoring, [Los Angeles]? Other than the 70’s line, you’ve got to get it going,” Oates said. “And you’ve had a Stanley Cup hangover, it’s time to get going. Everybody [needs to] start chipping in.”

Naturally, Stroumboulopoulos wondered how long a Stanley Cup hangover should actually last. So he asked Oates.

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is the franchise leader in overtime game-winning goals with fifteen. And when he’s not winning games in sudden death, he’s assisting on the game-ending tallies.

Tonight, Ovechkin wound up to the moon and unleashed a gigantic slapshot from just inside the blue line. Canes goaltender Anton Khudobin made the initial save, but the shot was so heavy, it bounced off his pads right to Nicklas Backstrom. Nicky quickly shot at the yawning net, past a diving Khudobin.

Game over!

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