Over the summer, the Washington Capitals let Mike Green walk and the vespa-driving, 30-goal-scoring, Stealth-stick-using defenseman signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings. We said our goodbyes then. We moved on (OR SO WE THOUGHT).

In the second period of Game One, Greener scored his first career NHL playoff goal with a team not named the Washington Capitals. Green blasted a deflected shot past Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop.

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Hi, I’m Ian Oland. I’m the driver of this here Caps bandwagon. The horses are getting tired, as they’ve galloped a long way this week, but we’ve got several more fine humans we need to pick up.

First, and most important of all, we’ve got to go pick up actor Alan Thicke, star of the 80s sitcom Growing Pains. Mr. Seaver filled out one of them fancy NHL.com brackets and he picked our very favorite hockey team to dispose of the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals. He dedicated his bracket to Ed Snider. Then picked the Capitals to roll through the Flyers in the first round. That’s a man who has much salt in his mouth.

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Hi, I’m Ian Oland. I’m the chauffeur and horse-musher of this very fine Caps bandwagon. I spent all afternoon with my hammer and nails, extending out the cab a few more feet. I heard a few more people would be joining us tonight.

First, we must travel to Secaucus, New Jersey, to pick up former Capital, 2007 Hall of Fame defenseman, and three-time Stanley Cup champion Scott Stevens. The former Conn Smythe Trophy winner currently works for NHL Network as an analyst. He filled out his playoff bracket and picked our Caps to beat the Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals.

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These Are Your Presumptive Caps Playoff Lines

Photo: Geoff Burke

Tuesday morning’s practice debuted the line combinations and defensive pairings we’re likely to see on Thursday’s game one against the Philadephia Flyers.

You’re going to like ’em.

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Tuesday, EA Sports released their annual playoff simulation. And boy do I have some news: the video game engine predicted the Caps would win the Stanley Cup.


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Saturday night, Alex Ovechkin scored a hat trick against the St. Louis Blues in his final game of the season. The clutch scoars gave the Russian machine his seventh 50-goal season. It also pushed Nicklas Backstrom, who assisted on all three Ovechkin goals, to the 50-assist plateau for the sixth time in his career.

On the plane ride home, Ovechkin posted a selfie of himself and Backy. “50 goals 50 assists !!!not bad!!💪😂,” Ovechkin wrote on Instagram.

An hour later, former Capital Brooks Laich left them a comment that you need to see.

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Hi, my name is Ian Oland. I’m your driver of the Washington Capitals bandwago…

[Gets tapped on shoulder. “Oh, what’s that? You have something to say?”]

Lemme pass the microphone to two-time Peabody award-winner and former HTS Caps commentator Larry King. King, who has been riding in the very back and only promotes his team when it’s convenient for him, has something he’d like to say.

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General Manager Brian MacLellan addressed the media on Wednesday to discuss what lies ahead for the Caps. MacLellan touched on a number of topics, including the decision to sit Braden Holtby in the final game of the season and Jay Beagle’s availability for Game 1.

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Earlier in the season, we learned from defenseman Taylor Chorney that Justin Williams‘ nickname is Stick. Williams originally got that nickname during his time in Los Angeles. Stick apparently is an endearing hockey nickname for a skinny teammate.

“It’s slowly become ‘Stick’ and it’s slowly sticking, no pun intended,” Chorney said.

But that’s not the only nickname Williams goes by in Washington. According to Nicklas Backstrom, Williams’ Mr. Game 7 moniker has been adjusted by his new teammates right in time for the playoffs.

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Alex Ovechkin Named NHL’s Third Star of the Week


Washington Capitals so sickkk)))) left wing Alex Ovechkin has been named the NHL’s “Third Star” for the week ending in April 10. Ovechkin’s last seven days have been pretty swell and I will summarize it for you.

The Russian machine torched the St. Louis Blues for a hat trick on Saturday, registering his seventh 50-goal campaign. He led the NHL in goals last week with five. He also won his fourth consecutive Rocket Richard trophy.

But his greatest moment may have come Sunday, when a healthy-scratched Ovechkin walked through the Verizon Center concourse like a normal dude and started high-fiving fans.

That’s how you end the regular season with style and class.

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