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The Nature Boy gives the Stingrays a “Wooo” before going out onto the ice. (Photo: @KevinLive5)

On Saturday night, the Caps-affiliated South Carolina Stingrays did something awesome. They won their 18th straight game, setting a new ECHL wins record. It’s the longest winning streak in the ECHL’s 27-year history. They defeated the Gwinnett Gladiators 6-0.

Even cooler: the rolex-wearing, diamond-ring wearing, kiss-stealing, limousine-riding, jet-flying son-of-a-gun, Ric Flair, was in the house to see it all.

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The way Braden Holtby has played this year, Justin Peters may not suit up for another game. That’s unfortunate because Peters is now sporting one of the coolest masks in the NHL.

If you don’t believe me, let’s turn off the lights.

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Alex Ovechkin is a top candidate for the Hart Trophy again this season. And if the national media has been paying any attention at all, Ovechkin will also be a finalist for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy at the end of the year too.

Ovechkin’s contributions to the community include giving away a car, fulfilling the wish of an 8-year-old with diabetes, going out on a sushi date with a 10-year-old with Down Syndrome, giving away countless sticks and pucks, and secretly supporting a bunch of Russian orphanages.

On Tuesday, the Capitals announced on Facebook that Ovechkin was fulfilling another young fan’s wishReagan Everett got a signed stick from the Russian Machine after Tuesday’s practice. According to the team he will “help cheer on the ‪Caps‬ during ‪[the Rangers game Wednesday] night!”

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The Caps have announced that they have recalled defenseman Nate Schmidt from Hershey. This is an emergency recall. Apparently, Mike Green is banged up. The Caps listed him a day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

Schmidt has 2 goals and 4 assists, and a 53.4-percent shot-attempt percentage in 29 games for the Caps this season. He recently returned from a fractured shoulder blade.

We like Schmidt around here. We like him a lot.

We also like Mike Green.

While the loss of Green on the blue line is a big blow to the team, it appears as if it’s a short-term thing. Having a replacement as capable as Schmidt waiting in the wings speaks to the blue-line depth that Brian MacLellan has built in his short time as General Manager.

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Bensten Is Going Home Later This Week

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I’ve got some great news to share with you. Well, actually I’ll let Bensten tell you.

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We’ve got exciting news from the local food beat. Jeff Halpern‘s successful fried chicken and doughnut shop is expanding. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken will be opening its second location this summer– this time in Falls Church, Virginia.

Halpern and co-owner Elliot Spaisman explained the move to DC Eater last week. “Falls Church is one of our most popular destinations on the Virginia food truck route,” they wrote in an email. “There are a lot of great dining spots nearby like Taco Bamba, for example, and the community clearly enjoys diverse food offerings. The neighborhood has been growing a lot over the years, and with a large number of both office buildings and residences, we thought it a great location for our second outlet.”

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Lewington is #5 in black. (Photo: Marissa Baecker)

Wednesday night, the Washington Capitals announced the signing of Tyler Lewington to an entry-level contract, which will kick in during the 2015-16 season.

Lewington first came to prominence when he dominated several strength categories at the 2013 NHL Draft Combine. Despite that, he fell to the seventh round of the draft, where the Caps snagged him 204th overall.

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There it is. (Photo credit: Patrick McDermott)

At the start of the 2008 NHL season, Mike Green came to camp with just 15 sticks. They were Easton Stealth CNTs. At the time, Green said his sticks had been discontinued for “a while.” He would be getting no more. Over the course of that season, Green posted unbelievable numbers for a defensemen, scoring 31 goals. Looking at the goal leaderboard for that season, Green is just below some of the most high flying scorers in the league: Malkin, Toews, and Crosby to name a few.

At one point Green scored a stunning 10 times in eight straight games. The goals during the streak all came off the same Easton, which Green said was the best stick he’s ever played with. Reluctantly, he agreed to donate it to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

“You can only be superstitious for so long,” Green said.

Green’s moment of reckoning came on May 2, 2009. Playing in game one of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Green broke his last surviving Stealth CNT.

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Trade Deadline Disarray: Open Thread

The Capitals have already acquired Tim Gleason and Curtis Glencross, but they might not be done yet. Plus, there’s all kinds of action around the league for us to rubberneck (you just know Toronto’s gonna do something wild today). We’ve created the this thread to capture all the chaos and fun.

The NHL trade deadline is at 3 PM ET. Between then and now, something fun is gonna happen. Sound off in the comments below. (If you want to embed an image or a tweet, just paste the address.)

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In things-I-didn’t-think-I’d-be-writing-about-after-midnight, two-time Peabody award-winner Larry King decided tonight was the night he should go public about who his favorite NHL player is. That player happens to be a certain Russian Machine.

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