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On Saturday, Evgeny Kuznetsov visited his local fire station, Fire Station 4 in Clarendon, bearing gifts. The newly minted 23-year-old was also in need of some help. I’ll let Nate Hiner, a firefighter there, explain.

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Unlike fellow Russian teammate Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov has remained in DC since the season ended. On Tuesday, Kuznetsov celebrated his 23rd birthday with friends at Mari Vanna, a Russian restaurant on Connecticut Avenue. As per Russian tradition (I guess), there were terrifyingly large sparklers (how the building didn’t burn down, I don’t know) and a birthday cake. Also clapping. Lots of clapping.

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Alex Ovechkin‘s 2014-15 season came to an end Sunday as Team Russia got crushed by Team Canada 6-1 in the World Championship gold-medal game. Yes, that’s two crushing defeats for the Russian Machine in five days.

Ovechkin left DC for the Czech Republic Thursday afternoon approximately 15 hours after the Caps lost to the Rangers in game seven. Ovi scored a goal and tallied an assist in Russia’s 4-0 semifinal win against the United States Saturday.

On Sunday, however, Ovechkin managed only two shots on goal in 15:57 of ice time. Russia’s roster, filled with mostly KHL players (and Evgeni Malkin), could not overcome Canada’s team full of NHL all-stars (plus Cody Eakin).

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Nicklas Backstrom can be bland. He’s one of the best players in the league and one of the Capitals’ alternative captains, but sometimes you forget he’s there. On the ice and off it, he draws almost no attention to himself.

Two days after the Capitals were eliminated by the New York Rangers in game seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinal, the team gathered at Kettler Capitals Iceplex to pack up their equipment and speak to reporters for the final time this season. In past years, we’ve seen weird fashion choices and forceful quotes, but Backstrom normally sits in the shadows. Friday, however, was Nick’s time to shine: he wore a shirt that read “Free Hugs” and said some vaguely interesting things.

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Last night during the Capitals’ miserable game seven loss to the Rangers, the Kelowna Rockets swept the Brandon Wheat Kings in the WHL Finals. This is good news because Caps prospect Madison Bowey is the Rockets’ captain. He tallied an assist in the game.

This is Bowey’s first junior league championship. He accepted the Ed Chynoweth Cup on behalf of his team and will get to play in his first Memorial Cup a week from now. It’s the Rockets’ first appearance since 2009.

Bowey finished the WHL playoffs leading all defensemen in goals (7) and points (19). My man!

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Photos: Amanda Bowen

The atmosphere at hockey games in Verizon Center is always great, but there’s something extra special about a playoff game. The air is just a bit more electric and the fans a little more on edge.

Wednesday night’s game between the Capitals and the Presidents’ Trophy-winning New York Rangers more than lived up to the playoff hype, from the fans on the glass at warmups to the auction table on the concourse and, most importantly, the action on the ice.

Relive the Caps’ 2-1 comeback win with these great photos from Amanda Bowen.

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Tom Wilson had a lot of good fortune last night. His team won, and he did not feel any ill effects from his ten-minute misconduct, which appears to have been called for this sweet jersey-pulling suplex.

After the game, his luck remained. Via Talk The Red’s Saam Bozorgmehr, Wilson got to hang out with Academy Award-winning actor and wacky anthem singer Jamie Foxx in Clarendon.

Foxx was in DC for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Hope Awards.

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The Washington Nationals defeated the Miami Marlins, 7-5, today and made some history in the process. Bryce Harper became the youngest player to homer three times in a game since 1969, at 22 years and 202 days.

To celebrate, Harper is watching the Capitals game. And it seems like he’s wearing shoulder pads. Sure, why not?

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[There were so many people who tweeted us this story that I am giving in and writing about it.]

Nine minutes before Jay Beagle scored the only goal of game three, the New York Rangers Twitter account tweeted out a capital letter. This was an extinction-level event because the Rangers’ Twitter account had pledged to go all-lowercase to really stick it to the Capitals. Get it?

(Yes, I know it’s dumb.)

The morning after the Capitals 1-0 victory in game three, one intrepid Caps fan decided to vandalize the New York Rangers’ Wikipedia page with all-capital letters.

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Wonder Woman Lynda Carter is a Caps Fan

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Lynda Carter, the original Wonder Woman, was at Verizon Center last night. And she was rooting for the Washington Capitals.

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