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During Wednesday’s practice, the Capitals welcomed a fourth Russian onto the ice. Four-year-old Maxim Goloschapov was flown from Moscow to Kettler Capitals Iceplex because he won a promotional campaign held by Bauer Russia.

A few months ago, Bauer asked their followers to “show us your hardest shot by putting it on Instagram with the hashtag #MX3Russia. The winner gets to go to Washington to meet Alex Ovechkin.” Teeny tiny Maxim won with these two videos.

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The Capitals mustered a strong comeback attempt in the third period, but they still lost to the New York Rangers. After a few solid shifts of Caps pressure, Martin St. Louis scored to put the Rags up 3-1 in the final minutes.

John Carlson had thrown a cross-ice pass to hit Nate Schimdt, but instead the puck was intercepted by Chris Kreider. A breakaway ensued.

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Photos: Amanda Bowen

The Washington Capitals held Military Night at Verizon Center on Thursday. During warm-ups, the Caps wore camouflaged jerseys with each player’s name stitched on the front. The players took to the ice with their Courage Caps, which the the team has been selling, along with t-shirts, to raise money for TAPS – a nonprofit organization that helps families of the fallen.

If you didn’t grab the gear last night at Verizon, you can buy them online at the Caps website with the option of getting them signed by your favorite player.

Before the game, Master Sergeant Bob McDonald and Master Sergeant Caleb Green sang a beautiful, harmonized rendition of the national anthem. They were joined by U.S. Army Special Forces Staff Sergeant Michael Davis, captain of the USA Warriors standing team, who participated in the ceremonial face-off with US Olympians Zach Parise and Brooks Orpik. The USA Warriors held a shootout during intermission.

Here are Amanda Bowen’s photos from the game.

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Tom Wilson Should Take This Caps Fan to Prom

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The Caps lost tonight. Let’s focus on something positive.

Example: This Caps fan sitting in the lower bowl. Tonight she asked Tom Wilson to prom tonight via a the time-honored tradition of a fluorescent pink sign held upside down. (She got it right before CSN cut away.)

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With all the sweating under those helmets, hockey players’ hair understandably gets a little crazy after practices and games. Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has found a way to hide this as best he can during interviews: hats.

On Sunday, Ovechkin added a beanie to his repertoire. After the Capitals’ 4-0 over Toronto, Ovechkin wore it all wrong.

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Photo: @SergeyKocharov

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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Photo: @JeffBessling

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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Jack Hillen Gets No Respect (Photo)

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Braden Holtby has been busy this year, playing in 53 of the Capitals’ 62 games. Maybe that’s why he just unveiled his fourth new mask of the 2014-15 season. Painted by Swedish artist Dave Gunnarsson, the mask integrates some design features from Holtby’s Winter Classic bucket. The hand-painted Uncle Sam portrait, an homage to Olie Kolzig, returns on the chin.

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Photos: Washington Capitals

Friday morning, the Capitals released the design of their new Courage Caps hats and t-shirts. 100% of the proceeds benefit TAPS, a national organization that provides care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes. The Caps say they’ve donated $486,261 to charity through the sale of more than 15,000 hats and nearly 7,000 T-shirts to fans. That’s awesome. Way to go, you.

What’s even cooler is that the team had a few players model some of the new gear this year, including Matt Niskanen, John Carlson, and Brooks Orpik. But I’m guessing – and this is just a hunch – that our readers are going to want to visually consume the Tom Wilson pixels.

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