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For almost two months, Adam Oates rode the hot hand in net with Philipp Grubauer. Grubi was impressive in his first extended look with the big-league team, putting up a 6-5-5 record, a .925 save percentage, and a 2.38 GAA in 17 games. In fact, Grubauer dominated so much that George McPhee felt comfortable enough to fill Michal Neuvirth’s trade request, thereby slating Grubi to become the Caps’ back-up goalie for the 2014-15 season.

With more opportunity soon on the horizon, Grubauer has commissioned crazy ol’ Swede David Gunnarsson to paint him a new Capitals themed mask. There’s nothing amazing here, but the design is still pretty baller. It’s like July 4th with Capitals logos.

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For moar goals just add water & crash the net.

We’re so happy to welcome Dustin Penner to the Capitals.  At 6-foot-4 and 247 pounds, Penner is a big chunk of dude who is liable to crash the net. Plus, he’s a bit of character. Actually, he might be the most RMNB-y player the Caps have ever had.

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Marcus Johansson and Nick Backstrom wore suits and rode bikes on their path to silver. The lasting image of the Olympic games, we’ve decided, won’t be Nick Backstrom looking like a sad Swedish puppy at a press conference; it’ll be he and Mojo looking like toughest and most fashionable dudes ever to ride bikes.

Wear this shirt if you can master the art of being tough, stylish, and dorky as hell all at once.

Swedes on Bikes T-Shirts can be bought here >>

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Ryan, 8, and Emily, 5, of Frederick, Maryland usually make signs for their favorite Washington Capitals players before games. But on Saturday night, the brother and sister traded their red crayons for yellow and blue ones. With Sweden set to take on Canada tomorrow, Ryan and Emily made adorable signs and pennants for Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson. Mom tells us they are going to hold them up during the gold medal game Sunday morning.

Tomorrow we are all Swedes.

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Help Us Wish Alex Ovechkin’s Father a Speedy Recovery

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We’re thinking of you, Mikhail! (Original Photo by @mkpanda78)

As the world settled in to watch Thursday’s women’s final between USA and Canada, word came from Arlington that Alex Ovechkin‘s father Mikhail had undergone heart surgery earlier in the week. As of now, Mikhail Ovechkin, 62, is out of intensive care. Capitals GM George McPhee told the press that Ovechkin’s heart issues began after Russia’s prelim game against Slovakia last weekend.

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We Want Your Caps Valentines Day Cards

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You guys, it’s Valentine’s Day and you know what that means: Peter’s going to mope about being single we want some artwork from you. Using photoshop, pen and paper, a weird app on your mobile device, or noodles and glitter glue, please create a Valentine for your favorite Caps player. Here are some past examples from 2011 and 2013.

This year, instead of you emailing us your images, we’d like you to upload them into our comments below. Also, please upvote your favorites. A few things to keep in mind:

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If you’ve been to a Washington Capitals home game in the last 4-5 years, you’ve probably seen it. Since the 2009-2010 season, I’ve been bringing my Unleash the Fury signs to Caps games. It’s the project that really got me interested in making illustrations of hockey players (with a twist), and it also got me working here at RMNB. But in the years since I started making art for the blog, I’ve never really gone into detail about how I started making these signs and my process behind the artwork itself.

So we’re gonna take a little look back into the past, and also reveal my brand new Russian Machine sign for 2014.

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Signs For Alex Ovechkin’s 400th Goal

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Download and Print The Sign Here >>

After scoring goal number 399 in his 633rd career game on Tuesday, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is now on the verge of some history. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 28-year-old Russian machine could become the sixth fastest NHL player ever to reach four hundred goals if he scores today or tomorrow. The list goes like this: Wayne Gretzky (436 games played), Mike Bossy (506 games played), Mario Lemieux (508 games played), Brett Hull (520 games played), and Jari Kurri (608 games played). Those players all played during eras with much higher scoring than today.

Reader Sam B. asked us to do something to honor Ovi should that magical goal happen tonight at PNC Arena.  Yeah: we’re on it.

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Screaming Katy Perry meet Screaming Michael Latta.

Last night, as Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson lobbed a harmless shot on net, Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard gave up a huge rebound. The puck bounced off Howard’s right pad and ricocheted right onto Michael Latta‘s stick. It was a well-deserved gift from the hockey gods: Latta is working hard and crashing the net. The 22-year-old center knew what to do next: he lifted the puck on his backhand towards the right corner. Nylon meshing splashed. Goal! Tie game! Latta had scored his first NHL goal!

Latta skated towards the end boards and turned towards the Caps bench, his back to the glass. He let out the most primal of primal roars. Like a mama lion to the hyena getting too close to a newborn cub. If there were a Ghostbusters 3, the plot would be based off Latta’s scream. I’m pretty sure Katy Perry’s Roar was about this. The photo by Dave Reginek is epic; I can’t help but laugh.

Take a look at the sequence of photos. Stunning.

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Swedish artist David Gunnarsson released photos of the newest mask he finished painting this morning. Lo and behold, it’s for Washington Capitals starting goaltender Braden Holtby. Gunnarsson has entitled it “Number 70 of the Capitals.” The mask is stylized to go with the Caps’ third jerseys, the same vintage sweaters that they wore during the Winter Classic in 2011.

Gunnarsson, in his very odd/excitable dialect, walked us through the story behind Holtby’s new bucket on his Facebook page.

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