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Wilson grimaces.

During the second period, first-line winger Tom Wilson pulled up lame while back-checking Carolina’s John Michael-Liles. Wilson immediately left the ice and went down the tunnel to the locker room. The 20-year-old Caps was playing in the second game of a back-to-back.

The Caps say it’s a lower body injury and Wilson is questionable to return.

The injury occurred in the neutral zone while Wilson was hustling, looking to force a turnover.

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We’ve all got our own ways of getting ready. I like to pound caffeinated drinks and do push-ups. When Alex Ovechkin got warmed up for Saturday night’s dance with and the Carolina Hurricanes, he did his own thing.

He put on yellow-and-blue spandex trousers and a short-billed baseball cap and then he went a-hopping on a trampoline.

Okayyyyy, Alex.

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Justin and Kate looking good in the new toques.

Last night, the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks wore Winter Classic toques promoting their outdoor match-up on January 1st. The winter hats were dead sexy, so naturally everyone wanted to buy one. Unfortunately, they were not sold anywhere.

Or so we thought. During the first period, RMNB reader @Maggles330 tipped us off that they were at Dick’s Sporting Goods. I left during intermission and found a whole rack of them at the Frederick store. Many of you had success this morning at your local Dick’s Sporting Goods around the area.

Today there’s been a lot of movement from other official Winter Classic retailers. Let’s run down the list of where you can get them now.

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Photo: Bill Smith

Late in the first period on Friday night, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin checked Niklas Hjalmarsson in open ice. I didn’t think the hit was worth even minor penalty, but the referees saw something I didn’t. They declared it an illegal check to the head.

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This is How Happy Braden Holtby is Right Now (GIF)

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Photo: Bill Smith

The Capitals goalie hasn’t had a lot to smile about since October 26th. The Capitals’ five-game losing streak came to an end on Friday night. Stopping 38 shots from the Chicago Blackhawks, Braden Holtby was instrumental in securing the win and ending the slump.

So let’s celebrate.

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Photo: @SergeyKocharov

The Washington Capitals-designed Winter Classic toque is everywhere tonight. Players were wearing it after practice and on the ice during warm-ups. Hell, even Joe B and Craig Laughlin were rocking them during the telecast.

Unfortunately, these toques are not currently for sale to the public (at least I don’t see them anywhere online). But I’m sure they will be available some day in the future at which point I will be buy 30.

Photos!

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Jason Chimera Terrorizes Tom Wilson Interview (GIFs)

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Before the Caps flew out to Chicago on Thursday, John Walton interviewed new first-line forward Tom Wilson. I’d tell you what Wilson said, but I was too busy cracking up at Jason Chimera.

The Caps are on a soul-crushing five-game losing streak, but Chimera still knows how to have fun.

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Photo: Caps Instagram

Last night, the Washington Capitals held their annual Season Ticket Holder party. In years past, the event was held at Six Flags America. This year, the venue was switched to the National Zoo. Take that, Dan Snyder.

There was some player/animal interaction.

Before Alex Ovechkin signed autographs for his adoring fans, he got a private tour of the grounds and met the elephants. It’s only been a few days, but, wow, Ovechkin’s Movember mustache already makes him look like a college computer programming major.

Tom Wilson also met a lion – and probably got a wee bit too close to the cage.

RMNB sent Amanda Bowen to the grounds and had her document the night in photos. Take a look below.

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It’s Thursday, so you know what that means: a million Throwback Thursday photos! Peter Wilson, Tom Wilson‘s older brother, posted the above photo on Twitter. As you can see, it’s noteworthy for its adorableness. Young Peter is cheering on Tiny Tom after a hockey game, and Tiny Tom appears to have won an even tinier trophy.

It’s sweet, because Peter’s still just as supportive of his brother 15 years or so later.

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Capitals fourth line forward Liam O’Brien is becoming a fan favorite in D.C. I’m not sure if it’s for his general fearlessness or his tongue-wagging. Actually, no. Check that. It’s definitely for his tongue.

On Wednesday, readers at tonight’s STH Party at the National Zoo tweeted us saying they met WWE’s Sheamus. They made sure to tell him they loved his extracurricular tongue taunts. But there was only one fan who could get O’Brien to show off that trademark organ.

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