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In June the Los Angeles Kings won their second championship in three years. We all forced ourselves to smile for Jeff Schultz, then we laughed our most miserable laughs when we saw Schultz’s day with the Stanley Cup. Like look at this picture. Sarge is trolling us.

On Tuesday the final chapter of Sarge’s heroic tale of buyout to champion was written when a commenter from Japers Rink posted a photo of the newly engraved cup.

We had reported over the summer that the Kings had put in a special waiver to the NHL to get the ineligible Mr. Nasty on the NHL’s most revered trophy. Well, here that is. Soak it in for a minute.

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Caps rookie Andre Burakovsky was scratched for the first time in his young career on Saturday night. On Monday, Burakovsky skated with the team’s scratches during practice. After averaging a point per game in opening weeks of the season, the dynamic 19-year-old center seems to have hit a wall.

Now it appears the Capitals, who have a ton of veteran depth at forward, are considering letting Burakovsky leave the team in mid-December to play in the 2015 World Junior Championship held in Montreal and Toronto– at least according to Team Sweden head coach Rikard Gronborg.

After Team Sweden announced their preliminary WJC roster, which included an unconfirmed Burakovsky, Gronborg held a press conference at the Swedish Hockey Federation in Stockholm. It aired live on swehockey.se.

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For those of you who hate annoying double scrollbars during hockey games, I have some bad news. Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and Dish Network have agreed merely to a short-term contract extension.

Sure, it avoids a blackout that would have affected 4.7 million households throughout the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore area. And sure, it allows fans to keep watching the hockey and basketball they love. But it also opens up the potential for more bickering and politicking before the current deal ends, which appears to be kind of soon.

So what was the issue? In summary, Comcast and Dish Network have been fighting over an increase in carriage license fees. The agreement was set to expire at midnight Monday, with Dish balking at CSN’s asking price and being all like “nuh uh, you crazy.”

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I am a proud Marylander, and a bunch of you nerds are too. I can’t help but write about this.

This morning, my brother forwarded me an email from Under Armour promoting a new t-shirt. It’s amazing. It’s one of those ideas that is so simple and obvious you can’t believe no one has done it before. Under Armour illustrated a can of Old Bay with the text “Tis The Seasoning.” Old Bay, which celebrated its 75th anniversary this year, is about as synonymous with Marylanders as blue crabs are.

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Ovechkin’s parents Mikhail and Tatyana pose with the orphans (Photo: Pavel Lysenkov/Sovetsky Sport)

Caps captain Alex Ovechkin has never shied away from charitable work. From participating in the Caps’ Make-A-Wish efforts to playing in charity preseason games annually in Russia, Ovi never misses an opportunity to help those less fortunate. Plus, we can’t forget his date with Ann earlier this season. But some of his secretive charity efforts behind the scenes are just now becoming public.

Pavel Lysenkov of Sovetsky Sport has revealed that Alex Ovechkin has quietly been supporting as many as seven orphanages in different regions of Russia.

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Recently, Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Bobby Hicks returned home to Virginia. After fighting in two major wars, life was supposed to be easy for Hicks and his family of Caps fans. Instead, he was diagnosed with Leukemia and faces an uncertain future. On top of that, his HVAC and water heater gave out (same thing happened to me last year and it’s the worst) just as winter began. The family reached out to the Michael & Son Cares Program.

And that’s where this sad story gets a get a little bit sunnier.

“When the Hick’s family’s story was brought to my attention, I knew we had to help,” said Basim Mansour, proud son and owner of Michael & Son Services. “Here’s a guy who gave so much for his country and asked so little in return; I not only wanted to help them with their home repairs, I wanted to do something really special for Bobby.”

Initially, Mansour wanted to bring Hicks and his family to a Capitals game for a special surprise. Instead, with Hicks unable to leave the hospital due to his intensive treatment, Mansour brought the Capitals to him.

Our team is just like that.

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Monday afternoon, ARLnow.com broke the news that Alex Ovechkin‘s former Arlington, Virginia home is up for rent. For those of you whose Ovechkin shrines are missing that one final piece, relocating it into the Russian machine’s former basement and having him be your landlord is the only move.

According to rhlarlington.com, the 4-bedroom colonial features 5,000 square feet of living space, a gourmet kitchen with top-notch appliances to prepare homemade nachos, a spacious master bedroom where you can play FIFA shirtless with your friends, a master bath featuring a whirlpool tub and separate shower to relax your aching muscles, and a spacious rec room downstairs where you can safely do push-ups after losing video game bets to your Russian friends.

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During the Leafs’ 6-2 shellacking of the Caps Saturday, Alex Ovechkin and Leo Komarov were at each other’s throats. Late in the third period, the Russian machine appeared to finally exact some revenge.

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Happy Thanksgiving, hockey friends!

Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz kicked off the holiday by participating in the Arlington Turkey Trot 5k charity run/walk. Dressed in a turkey t-shirt with “Turkey Trotz” on the back, Trotz and his brood joined thousands of others to raise money for Doorways for Women and Families and Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless.

RMNB Readers and Anne and Lauren W were there. They shared a couple photos and their story.

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Tom Wilson is Your Honest Abe Player of the Game

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Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson had a bunch of big hits on Tuesday night, six to be exact, but he didn’t exactly have a good game. The Caps were outshot 13 to 6 while Wilson was on the ice during 5v5, the worst shot-attempt differential on the team, though to be fair he started more than 80 percent of his non-neutral shifts in the defensive zone.

But the team got a very big win, and Tom was deservedly happy about it.

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