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Wednesday is Alan May‘s birthday, so before he hit the road with the team CSN Washington preemptively gave him a birthday cake. If you were wondering if it went better than the disastrous time Locker gave Joe B a cake, you’d be right.

In front of an empty arena, May was surprised by friends with a custom-made cake, featuring an old hockey card, from the DC Cake Room.

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Photo credit: Chris Gordon

Pretty much every time the Caps face off against a team with Russians, Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov hold court with their countrymen in the hallway just off the visitor’s bench.

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Barry Trotz Sports Black Eye During Press Conference

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After the Caps beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1, head coach Barry Trotz took to the podium like always to answer questions from the press. But tonight his appearance was a little bit different than usual. The 52-year-old bench boss sported a black eye.

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Last night, Peter posted a funny photo of Evgeny Kuznetsov in his game recap. Kuzya’s face was ridiculous, so I made a four-panel zoom-in for our Twitter followers. As I began that process, I discovered something even more ridiculous.

Kuznetsov was wearing Mike Green’s helmet last night.

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Alex Ovechkin‘s goodwill tour continues. What a moment after the Leafs game.

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Capitals forward Brooks Laich had to run an errand in Arlington today. And he had two special helpers for his journey: Julianne Hough’s adorable dogs Harley and Lexi. This photo is notable because it appears the dogs might have helped Brooksie push the pedals and steer the vehicle. And that’s funny because hahaha c’mon, silly, dogs can’t drive cars!

[::Checks calendar:: … “The next Caps game isn’t until Wednesday? Oy vey.”]

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The Washington Capitals have always proudly displayed their accomplishments. On Saturday, during their first practice after the Winter Classic, there was a hand-made banner displayed that read 2015 Winter Classic Champs.

Some in the media did not take too kindly to this, including Puck Daddy’s Josh Cooper:

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On Friday, the NHL released the Gigapixel, an insane panorama photo from the Winter Classic that allows you to zoom in to everyone in the crowd. You can even get up-close and personal with Pierre McGuire, allowing us to creep on him for a change.

I asked you to send us some screenshots of who you found in the crowd. This turned out to be a very funny exercise.

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RMNB’s Photos of the Winter Classic

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Photos: Amanda Bowen

Unable to secure a photo credential for the Winter Classic from the NHL, we went on the open market to buy a ticket. Then we saw the prices (the most expensive in five years) and had a small panic attack. That is until reader Sarah Heffern reached out to us. One of her friends was sick, unable to come, and needed someone to claim the ticket. She offered it to us at a discounted price.

Because of Sarah’s generosity (read her account of the game), we now bring you these incredible photos from Amanda Bowen. She manages to capture nearly the entire experience. Below are photos from the  spectator plaza, the merch area, the USO Board, and inside Nats Park. She also brings you the Brouwer Rangers, Ovie the Bulldog, that sick flyover, Kathryn Tappen, and a celebrating Troy Brouwer.

We’ve linked to the high-resolution version for each photo, so we encourage you to click on your favorites. These are truly incredible pics. The shadows and light are crazy.

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Chalk Talk with Troy Brouwer

Photo credit: Mariah Mallon, 106.7 The Fan.

Just two days before scoring the game-winning goal with 12.9 seconds remaining in the 2015 Winter Classic, Troy Brouwer was opening one last Christmas present from his two biggest fans.

Brouwer joined 106.7 The Fan’s John “Cakes” Auville, Capitals radio announcer John Walton, and a handful of listeners and fans for a “Chalk Talk” event at the radio station. The hour-long discussion touched on a wide variety of topics, including Winter Classic anticipation, the Caps’ season, new coach Barry Trotz, what Brouwer thinks the team needs to be a Cup contender, and much more.

The undisputed highlight of the night came about 15 minutes in, when Cakes beckoned Ranger Ryan to the stage to present Brouwer with our gift.

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