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Photos: Amanda Bowen

If you watched game one of the Capitals’ first-round playoff series with the New York Islanders on Wednesday, you probably remember it as a miserable, stomach-turning experience. The Caps seemed to lack focus and determination as they fell to the Isles 4-1.

That’s why I was so surprised to see Amanda’s photos from the game. Her shots from pre-game warmups show a team full of steely reserve. The players appear focused on the task before them, fully aware of the game’s importance. The photos of Marcus Johansson’s first-period goal show a team, and a fan base, full of passion and fire — both of which went missing from the rest of the game, only to play a huge role in the media narratives that followed.

Let’s hope the Caps from these pictures are the ones who show up to play Game 2 tonight.

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Photo: Brad Herson

The Caps got crushed in game one by the New York Islanders, and they did it in front of one of the greatest baseball players of all-time.

Baltimore Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., the original Great 8, was at Verizon Center last night, sitting in the lower bowl. This was first reported on Twitter by Talk The Red’s Brad Herson.

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Photos: Amanda Bowen

On Saturday, the Washington Capitals played their final regular season game against the New York Rangers. They did so in their Winter Classic jerseys.

Here’s the thing: the Capitals need a new third jersey. Wouldn’t these be a great fit for that – at least for the immediate future? I went to the game and took photos at warmups. As you can see, these sweaters look just as good inside as they did outside.

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On Saturday, the Caps took on the New York Rangers with a chance at securing home ice for their first round matchup with the Islanders with a victory. Instead, they were easily defeated in their final regular season game. Afterwards, the players didn’t seem to care much. After missing the postseason last year, the Caps are heading to the playoffs for the 25th time in franchise history, finishing with more than 100 points for the eight time ever.

“I feel like if we play our game and we have the right mentality and the right focus, then we can go head-to-head with the best in the league,” head coach Barry Trotz said after the game.

Instead of moping around after the loss, the Caps held their annual Jerseys Off Our Backs ceremony, with winning fans drawing a player’s number before getting his jersey. Highlights included Karl Alzner not wearing pants, Braden Holtby giving his giant jersey to a tiny fan and Nicklas Backstrom getting very friendly with someone who could be his mom.

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Caps Fans Enlist Troy Brouwer to Announce Pregnancy

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With the Washington Capitals officially locked in to the 2014-2015 postseason, most Caps fans are eagerly anticipating the playoffs, which will begin next week. Two fans are looking a bit further ahead – to November, when they’re expecting their first child.

The way they announced the news to family and friends this week was one of a kind.

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The best part of RMNB, I think, is the community. Helping a family during a dark time, scrounging up a bunch of discontinued hockey sticks, or just general fun in the comments– participation is what makes RMNB fun for me.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve wondered how I can make this an even better place. The answer came to me from the SB Nation blog Cage Side Seats: More GIFs. Sometimes we’ll be discussing things in the comments, and words just aren’t enough. Sometimes you need to convey how you feel. The best way to do that is with GIFs.

So, for every notable person in the Caps organization, I will present an article full of my favorite GIFs and my recommendations on when to use them in the comments or in social media.

First up, Barry Trotz!

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After a huge penalty kill, Brooks Laich was CSN Washington’s guest for the second intermission interview. Something about Laich just looked a bit off. Did he get a new haircut? Is his beard beardier than usual? I just couldn’t put my finger on it.

Then Dave Nichols of the District Sports Page pointed it out.

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A few days ago, when he was still in Hershey, Andre Burakovsky took a photo with the  Easter Bunny and teammate Liam O’Brien.

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The Washington Capitals have a tradition. Whenever any player scores a milestone goal, the players who assisted will pose together with the puck. This explains the belly laugh-inducing photo of the Sashas and Jason Arnott from a few years ago.

On Thursday night, Alex Ovechkin cheesed for the camera after scoring his franchise-leading 473rd goal and to his right was… Braden Holtby? That can’t be right.

Okay, I’m checking the box score and yes, this is correct. Let’s see just how this happened.

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