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Karl Alzner just scored his second goal of the series. Who is this man?!

The goal was made possible by a great Andre Burakovsky breakout and a great Jay Beagle carry-in. As the puck got loose in the slot, Troy Brouwer shot it at the Islanders net. Brouwer dug the puck out of Jaro Halak’s pads before hitting Alzner, who was streaking to the net.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov just scored his first career NHL playoff goal. After winning a face-off right back to Karl Alzner, Kuzy skated hard to the net and set up camp in front of Jaro Halak. Alzner’s point shot was blocked, but Marcus Johansson managed to chip it up into the air, where Kuznetsov batted the puck into the net baseball-style.

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This is random timing, but why not?

Over the summer, Andre Burakovsky and Evgeny Kuznetsov participated in the NHL Rookie Showcase. The Caps teammates signed autographs and took photos for their first NHL trading cards. We also noticed they held hands with other NHL rookies and figure skated for reasons that were never completely clear.

Almost nine months later, now we know: Upper Deck hired a semi-professional figure skater to teach the rookies some… uh… new moves.

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Photo: @WashCaps

Tuesday night, the Washington Capitals tied up their first-round playoff series with the New York Islanders on a thrilling overtime goal by Nicklas Backstrom. Or was it?

Upon replay of the goal, it appears the puck might have gone off of the Caps’ Joel Ward or maybe even the Islanders’ Johnny Boychuk.

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I love Joe Beninati‘s play-by-play. In fact, I may be his biggest fan. But during Tom Wilson’s crushing hit of Lubomir Visnovsky on Tuesday, the Caps needed someone else in the booth– someone experienced at describing pure carnage.

That man: former WWE commentator Jim Ross.

Since good ol’ J.R. couldn’t be at Nassau Coliseum last night, RMNB reader Sarah Waters was gracious enough to splice some of his classic commentary over Willy Baby’s big body check. Enjoy.

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Nicklas Backstrom’s Game Four OTGWG (GIF)

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Photo: Bruce Bennett

How do you beat Jaroslav Halak? The answer is almost always traffic up front. That’s how Alex Ovechkin got the Caps their first goal, a deflection in the first period. And that’s how, almost 60 minutes of play later, Nicklas Backstrom ended the game– as Joel Ward impersonated a wall in the slot.

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This is why I roll my eyes when people tell me on Twitter Mike Green is soft. Nope.

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Tom Wilson has an issue with penalties. He draws a ton and commits a ton. On Tuesday he caught a kneeing penalty in the second period. No worries: the Capitals killed it with ease.

But immediately after leaving the Willy bin, Wilson executed the biggest hit we’ve seen these playoffs.

Poor Lubomir Visnovsky, repeated concussion victim, was skating with his head down and hunched over. Wilson stopped moving his legs but didn’t shy away from the hit.

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Warning: This post could be upsetting for some.

There was a scary moment late in the first period. Caps defenseman Brooks Orpik took an errant John Carlson skate blade to the face after Carlson fell down in the slot. Carlson’s left skate blade appeared to strike Orpik in the right cheek and mouth area. Orpik left the ice under his own power, running straight down the tunnel for the Caps locker room.

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