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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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It was a slushy, dreary night in the District. But inside Verizon Center, there were many happy times. Alex Ovechkin nearly had a hat trick — hilariously falling over in the making of his first goal — as the Caps defeated shutout the Maple Leafs 4-0.

But the best moment came after the game, when Barry Trotz’s son Nolan, who has Down syndrome joined his dad for his postgame press conference.

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Alex Ovechkin Takes Over the League Lead in Points


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A few weeks ago, I wrote about how the Washington Capitals were dominating the NHL leaderboard. Another fun milestone comes tonight. Alex Ovechkin has taken over the league lead in points from… Nicklas Backstrom! Yup, it’s still a great (er, GR8) time to be a Caps fan.

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Tim Gleason: Mike Green’s On-Ice Bodyguard


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Hard to play against, tough customer, character guy: those were some of the hockey superlatives thrown around by Barry Trotz and his players when asked about Tim Gleason, the team’s newly acquired D-man.

“He’ll keep people honest,” Trotz told reporters at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. “You want to take a shot at Greenie, he can back it up.”

Yep, despite whatever my zany Russian political science professor and Some People on the Internet say, Mike Green isn’t going anywhere.

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Caps Acquire Curtis Glencross from Flames


The Washington Capitals have acquired Curtis Glencross from the Calgary Flames in exchange for second-round and third-round picks in the 2015 draft.

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Caps Trade Jack Hillen to Carolina for Tim Gleason

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Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reported that Jack Hillen did not skate at practice this morning. Now we know why.

The Capitals have traded Jack Hillen and a fourth-round draft pick to the Carolina Hurricanes for defenseman Tim Gleason.

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Casting Call: White, Female NBC 4 News Viewers Needed, Ages 30-40

Our very good friend Suzanne has requested a signal boost for a casting call. If you match the description below, please shoot her an email. If you know someone else who does, please pass this on to them.

These are usually pretty fun, so give it a try and have an adventure.

Carlyn Davis Casting is looking for two talent for an NBC 4 promo filming on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

We are looking for Caucasian females, early 30s and 40s, who are ACTUAL NBC 4 News viewers. You MUST watch NBC 4 news to qualify for this spot. Select talent will be asked to do either an in person or phone interview/audition on Monday, March 2, 2015.

For consideration, please email with

  • your current headshot (if you have one) and/or snapshot
  • “NBC 4 promo casting” in the subject of the email
  • your phone number

All submission must be received no later than 4 pm SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2015. No acting experience necessary. Union and non-union may apply.



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Towards the end of the Caps’ awful 3-0 loss to the Hurricanes, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune tweeted this.

That’s exciting.

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Mitch Korn Loves Puns About His Name, Is the Best


Every season around this time we get the same question: What will you do if Troy Brouwer is traded? The standard – and true – answer is that we won’t talk about it until it happens. Why would we?

But when your whole shtick relies on bad puns (Ed. note: “bad pun” is redundant) about someone’s last name, new ones occasionally just pop into your head and get trapped up like in a bottle. It’s like when you suddenly realize you’ve been singing “Up. town. Funk you up. Uptown funk you up.” You’re not really sure how it got back into your head but it’s there and there’s nothing you can do about it.

That’s what happened to me on Friday. There I was – minding my own business, trying to get some work done – and all of a sudden I couldn’t not think about how funny it would be for someone to start a super-fan group for Caps goalie coach Mitch Korn called the Korn Dawgs. Corndog costumes would probably look super duper inappropriate, so I preferred to imagine it as human hot dogs.

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Over the last five years, journalist Adam Vingan has put his his heart and soul into covering the Washington Capitals. On Wednesday, Vingan announced that will be leaving the Capitals beat on March 16.

Vingan, hired by The Tennessean, will essentially replace the talented and respected Josh Cooper on the Nashville Predators’ beat. Cooper currently writes for Yahoo’s Puck Daddy. Vingan will be leaving behind his work for, Washington Post Express, and NBC Washington.

While this is great news for Vingan, I am bummed. I consider Adam a good friend. I marvel at how he’s helped grow the Capitals community. He’s given me advice and helped me become a better writer and journalist.

There may be no better pun-maker in all the land.

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