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Two years ago, Brian MacLellan signed Brooks Orpik to a five-year deal because of the veteran defenseman’s “leadership and experience.” Tuesday night in Game Six, the 35-year-old Orpik took a four-minute double minor penalty for high-sticking.

The Penguins scored twice on the resulting power play.

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Karl Alzner, one of the Capitals’ most reliable defensemen, just left Game Six with an injury. Some time before the 9:20 mark of the first period, Sidney Crosby slashed Alzner. The play looked harmless, but when Alzner returned to the bench, he cursed and left for the locker room.

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During Game Two of the Caps-Pens series, two bold fans brought a sign and held it behind the glass for Pierre McGuire. The fans, Matt and Todd, started a revolution. Their sign, written in sloppy but emphatic marker, read “Shut up, Pierre.”

The internet demanded we make t-shirts, which we did. Then, a few days later, an RMNB reader had “shut up pierre” tattooed on his leg.

On Monday night, Matt and Todd, both studying for their master’s degrees, reached out to us and explain below.

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Ahead of Game Six in Pittsburgh, Evgeny Kuznetsov had something profound to say, which I’m now going to share with you.

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Justin Williams attempts a shot behind the backboard.

On Saturday night, Justin Williams scored his second goal of the postseason, going five hole on Matt Murray (this was literally a minute after Pierre McGuire praised a Murray five-hole save). The goal inspired Hall of Fame broadcaster Doc Emrick to tell a story.

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The Washington Capitals must win their next two games against the Pittsburgh Penguins to keep their Stanley Cup dreams alive. Yet, if you think the players are figuratively drowning in a sea of anxiety, you’d be wrong. So. Very. Wrong.

For example, let’s take a closer look at this post-practice interview with Jason Chimera.

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TJ Oshie shares the Caps’ lead in postseason goals (5) with Alex Ovechkin. Some may say Oshie’s improved finishing ability is due to hard work or being more clutch. I think it’s due to his new pregame ritual.

Let me explain.

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Did you know that the Capitals are allowed to have a two-goal lead? I did not, and yet here we are, watching the Capitals have a two-goal lead.

The goal scorer was Mister Game Five, Justin Williams. The goal was a five-holer, which might be Matt Murrary’s weakness after all.

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TJ Oshie Joins Power Play Party With Goal

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On the power play in the second, TJ Oshie restored the Caps’ lead with an Oshie shot from the Ovi spot.

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Tom Wilson Put Sidney Crosby in a Headlock

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Capitals forward Tom Wilson did something many of us would like to do. During a Penguins’ first period power play, Wilson put Sidney Crosby in a headlock.

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