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Photos: Amanda Bowen

On Friday, the Washington Capitals hosted eight-year-old Lauren Santora at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Lauren, who suffers from type 1 diabetes, had one wish: to meet her favorite hockey player, Alex Ovechkin.

The Connecticuter got that and then some. After going on a Caps shopping spree and practicing with the team, Santora was asked by Ovechkin to go on a two-on-none against Braden Holtby. You’d think selfish Ovi would shoot, but instead he dished to Santora, who nailed the puck into the back of the net. It was a super sweet moment.

After publishing video of that goal yesterday, @dlj26 tweeted us to say he’d love to hear the voice of the Capitals, John Walton, call the goal. We agreed, so we asked the notoriously busy play-by-play man. He came through in the clutch.

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Photos by Chris Gordon.

Lauren Santora looked fine today. She does many days. That’s the thing with chronic illness: it’s not as much a story of acute calamities — Lauren has been hospitalized several times in her eight years — but the practicalities of everyday life. The Santoras and other families with chronically ill kids face a quiet struggle that outsiders often fail to grasp.

Some days she’s good. Some days she isn’t. Her parents have to monitor her condition constantly. Lauren has type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune condition in which autoantibodies attack the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.

The toll of Lauren’s illness is not confined to herself. It also falls her mother, Dianna. It falls on her father, Joe. And it falls on her brother, Ryan, who also suffers from ADHD. Both siblings also have celiac disease, another autoimmune condition.

Lauren has been playing hockey since she was two-years-old. She presents herself as a articulate and joyful little girl. Every day, Lauren tries to lead a normal life. But with chronic illness, you never quite get there.

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Wheel of Fortune Host and Washington Capitals season ticket holder Pat Sajak was on PTI tonight. Sajak filled in as Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser’s celebrity stat boy, filming an Oddsmaker segment in the middle of the show. And he did the damn thing while wearing a Caps jacket.

Awesome.

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In June the Los Angeles Kings won their second championship in three years. We all forced ourselves to smile for Jeff Schultz, then we laughed our most miserable laughs when we saw Schultz’s day with the Stanley Cup. Like look at this picture. Sarge is trolling us.

On Tuesday the final chapter of Sarge’s heroic tale of buyout to champion was written when a commenter from Japers Rink posted a photo of the newly engraved cup.

We had reported over the summer that the Kings had put in a special waiver to the NHL to get the ineligible Mr. Nasty on the NHL’s most revered trophy. Well, here that is. Soak it in for a minute.

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Photo: Kyle Mace of Chocolate Hockey

Steve Oleksy, stuck in Hershey due to Washington’s defensive depth, scored one of the biggest goals of his career Sunday, well at least in my opinion. Thirty-nine seconds into the first period, Binky sneaked into the slot and scored Hershey’s 2014 Teddy Bear Toss goal.

Oleksy’s tally unleashed 17,295 stuffed animals which were thrown onto the ice by fans at Giant Center. All of the bears will be donated to needy children, which is so awesome.

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Midway through the first period, Braden Holtby‘s wife Brandi tweeted out something adorable. As CSN cut to her husband squirting water into his hair during a stoppage in play, the couple’s two-year-old son Benjamin– who recently learned to skate– did the same at home.

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Caps Team Build, Jenga-Style

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Recently, Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz broke up the highly-successful “twins” duo of Joel Ward and Jason Chimera. Now, Ward is playing on the third line with Brooks Laich and Eric Fehr. Building good chemistry takes a lot of practice on the ice. But off of it, it appears Trotz is taking team building literally.

After practice, Ward, Laich, and Fehr were stacked on a cart like Lincoln logs and pushed back to the locker room.

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I am a proud Marylander, and a bunch of you nerds are too. I can’t help but write about this.

This morning, my brother forwarded me an email from Under Armour promoting a new t-shirt. It’s amazing. It’s one of those ideas that is so simple and obvious you can’t believe no one has done it before. Under Armour illustrated a can of Old Bay with the text “Tis The Seasoning.” Old Bay, which celebrated its 75th anniversary this year, is about as synonymous with Marylanders as blue crabs are.

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Monday afternoon, ARLnow.com broke the news that Alex Ovechkin‘s former Arlington, Virginia home is up for rent. For those of you whose Ovechkin shrines are missing that one final piece, relocating it into the Russian machine’s former basement and having him be your landlord is the only move.

According to rhlarlington.com, the 4-bedroom colonial features 5,000 square feet of living space, a gourmet kitchen with top-notch appliances to prepare homemade nachos, a spacious master bedroom where you can play FIFA shirtless with your friends, a master bath featuring a whirlpool tub and separate shower to relax your aching muscles, and a spacious rec room downstairs where you can safely do push-ups after losing video game bets to your Russian friends.

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Monday morning, the Washington Capitals released the cover of their new dog calendar and it looks great. Featuring a collage of Caps with cute dog…hey, wait a second.

Yeah, I’m going to need to zoom into the lower right quadrant here.

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