Is Matt Murray a Legitimate Threat to the Caps?

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When two teams are as evenly matched as the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, every detail is crucial. From lucky bounces to drawing penalties, the little things can be game-changing. And then there’s the matter of goaltending.

Last series, Michal Neuvirth was handed the reins after Steve Mason put up three consecutive disappointing performances for the Flyers. As Neuvy made endless jaw-dropping stops, many of you wondered if the Caps were doomed, Halak-style. Alas, the superior team prevailed, and the Flyers were knocked out in Game Six.

Unlike the Flyers, the Pens are not a team the Caps can hold to 11 shots on goal in a single game. They’ll be facing some very talented players in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, among others. And instead of attempting to wear down Mason on Neuvirth, the Caps will do battle against rising star Matt Murray. Murray, a rookie, played the entirety of the Penguins-Rangers series in place of starter Marc-Andre Fleury, who is still suffering from concussion symptoms.

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Lots of Caps fans will throw on a jersey, wear a hat, or sleep under a logo-emblazoned comforter to show support for their favorite team. Other fans are more extreme – such as RMNB reader J.R. Ebling. Earlier in the season, Ebling told us his story about how he had Alex Ovechkin autograph his wrist at a season-ticket holder event. Later he had it tattooed onto his body.

I recently met Caps super fan Paige L. She also has a Caps tattoo, but it’s not what you think. It’s so subtle and brilliant, I wanted her to share her story.

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Braden Holtby Named Vezina Trophy Finalist

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Three years after being relegated to third-string duty under Adam Oates, Braden Holtby is now a finalist for the the top award at his position. Wednesday night, we learned that the league’s general managers, who vote on the award, named Holtby as one of the three finalists for the Vezina Trophy for his performance in the regular-season. The honor is given “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position.”

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Tuesday night, TJ Oshie and Karl Alzner went to the Washington Nationals game along with their wives Lauren and Mandy, both of whom are pregnant with their couples’ second children. Lauren posted a selfie that her husband TJ took on her Instagram account.

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NHL: Preseason-Philadelphia Flyers at Washington Capitals

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The NHL Department of Player Safety has suspended Philadelphia Flyers pest Brayden Schenn three games for his head shot on TJ Oshie in Game Six of the Capitals-Flyers series.

Since the Flyers season is, ya know, over, Schenn will serve his suspension at the start of the 2016-17 regular season.

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Here’s Your Second Round Playoff Schedule

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The NHL has announced the schedule the second round of the playoffs, which may or may not be considered the Eastern Conference Semifinal depending on whom you ask.

We’ve got 8 PM starts across the board, days off between the first four games, and then a couple two-day breaks if games 5 and 6 are needed, which they will be, because Capitals.

Dates and times for Washington Capitals vs Pittsburgh Penguins are below.

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Hi, my name is Ian Oland. I’m driving the Capitals bandwagon. Over the last few weeks, we’ve traveled all over North America, picking up many new friends. Now that our favorite team has vanquished their mighty, bracelet-throwing foes from Philadelphia, even more people want to jump aboard this here wagon.

First, we’re going to give our oxen some spinach so we can make a cross-country gallop to California to pick up the entire Los Angeles Kings organization.

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Flyers forward Brayden Schenn leaped to deliver a hit to Mike Richards, checked Evgeny Kuznetsov head-first into the crossbar, and tried to break Kuzy’s leg with a cross-check. All of these dirty plays went unpenalized and ignored by the NHL. But it was Schenn’s Game Six head shot on TJ Oshie that has finally drawn the attention of the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

Monday afternoon, DoPS announced that it will have a hearing with Schenn Tuesday, describing the play as “charging/illegal check to the head.”

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When he’s not averaging 11 minutes of postseason ice time and killing penalty minutes like a boss, Capitals forward Daniel Winnik will watch your dogs for you.

At least that was we can infer from a tweet he posted Sunday after the Caps’ Game Six series-ending win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Winnik’s photo showed him cuddling with three dogs, except don’t think you’re going to get in on that action because he’s got a fourth dog serving as the bouncer.

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The Flyers organization tried. As fans entered Wells Fargo Center for Game Six Sunday, they received shirts featuring PA Announcer Lou Nolan and the words “Stay Classy, Philly!” I know you may be shocked to hear this, but Flyers fans did not stay classy.

Let’s review!

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