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Photoshop via @puckwx

Nicklas Backstrom has been insanely good this year. Today has been no different. For the Caps’ first goal, he took the puck in the Caps defensive zone, skated around four different Islander players in the offensive zone, and put a perfect pass into Matt Niskanen‘s wheel house. Niskanen unleashed the Niscannon, going top shelf.

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Even though he’s only two seasons into his NHL career, Tom Wilson has had a bunch of impressive highlight reel hits. Saturday against the Islanders, he authored another one. This time with his pal Jason Chimera.

As Travis Hamonic gathered in a puck behind the Isles net, Wilson and Chimera caught him with, what Craig Laughlin referred to as, a “double whammy.”

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Photos: Washington Capitals

Friday morning, the Capitals released the design of their new Courage Caps hats and t-shirts. 100% of the proceeds benefit TAPS, a national organization that provides care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes. The Caps say they’ve donated $486,261 to charity through the sale of more than 15,000 hats and nearly 7,000 T-shirts to fans. That’s awesome. Way to go, you.

What’s even cooler is that the team had a few players model some of the new gear this year, including Matt Niskanen, John Carlson, and Brooks Orpik. But I’m guessing – and this is just a hunch – that our readers are going to want to visually consume the Tom Wilson pixels.

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Ovi watches fan metro’ing home. (Photo: @of_elk)

Tonight, the Washington Capitals gave away Alex Ovechkin bobbleheads to everyone in attendance. Before the game (inspired by Reader Greta) we asked you guys to tweet us your own personal photos with the Ovi bobblehead. Some of them were really clever – such as the one of Ceramic Ovi pointing to The Ovi Spot. And some, like the above photo, kind of made us wonder.

Like why did someone break their bobblehead? They could totally get like $40 for that ish on eBay! Why does the person sitting in front of it not seem bothered at all that a decapitated ceramic head is staring back at her? Also, how did someone manage to perfectly wedge that noggin in-between the seat railing. I have so many questions.

Regardless, here are my favorite 20 photos you guys sent us. Keep being weird, you weirdos.

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The Caps Are Straight Dominating the NHL’s Leaderboard

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Photo: @capsfan74

On February 19th, 2015, let it be remembered that 59 games into the season, the Caps were straight pwning the NHL’s leaderboard. Alex Ovechkin leads the league in goals (38) and Nicklas Backstrom leads the league in both assists (45) and points (63). Ovi is also third in the league in points and trails Backstrom by two.

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John Carlson Takes Puck Off the Side of the Head (GIF)

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Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson has been really good this year, so this is the last thing you want to see. As Carly tried to block Bryan Little’s shot, the puck ramped up off Carlson’s stick and struck him in the side of the head.

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It’s hard to imagine Alex Ovechkin won’t win his fourth MVP award this season. Tonight he scored another amazing goal.

With the puck bouncing on his stick, Ovechkin skated into the Jets’ zone on a two-on-one break. There was a problem however. Ovi couldn’t settle the puck enough for it to lay flat on the ice. No matter, Ovechkin managed to get a shot off– right through Mark Stuart’s legs.

Ondřej Pavelec had no chance.

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This is Definitely Not John Carlson’s Goal (GIF)

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In the first period, John Carlson scored on a point shot off a face-off. Or so we thought.

The puck took about a half-second to reach the net, but when the footage is slowed down, you can see two Caps forwards may have got their sticks on it.

As the puck passes Troy Brouwer, it definitely ramps up off his stick.

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Braden Holtby Could Have Been a Farmer

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Photo: Monumental Network

ESPN’s Scott Burnside traveled with the Washington Capitals to document the team’s recent annual fathers trip. The whole story is a great read, but my favorite snippet was about Braden Holtby.

Holtby’s father Greg, who was once a junior goaltender with the Saskatoon Blades, revealed that he hoped his son would someday take over the family’s farm. Instead of being the Holtbeast, Braden could have been the Holtcattleherder-- which doesn’t really have the same ring to it.

Greg was, in Burnside’s words, “unfailingly supportive” of tiny Braden’s dream of being a NHL goaltender.

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Alex Ovechkin is the captain of the Washington Capitals. His teammates follow his lead.

Example: The Russian machine laughed after repeated cross-checks to the chest from Chris Kunitz in the third period last night. This must have resonated with Eric Fehr, because when Maxim Lapierre tried to rearrange Fehr’s face a minute later, Fehr played it cool– just like the captain.

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