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Photo: Pavel Lysenkov

In his latest article in Sovetsky Sport, Pavel Lysenkov embedded an obscure photo from nine years ago which I totally had to share. It’s Washington Capitals captain Alex Oveckhin dressed-up in ridiculous battle armor and posing with a horse with an emo haircut. He’s Alexander The Great. Get it?! His name is Alexander and he’s gr8, so…

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Photo: @kuzy092

On Saturday, while taking part in an autograph signing in Laurel, Troy Brouwer made some news. Talking to the DC Sports Bog’s Ben Sumner, Brouwer revealed that Evgeny Kuznetsov‘s wife Nastia is pregnant.

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Inside the Glass: The Caps Sabres Game in Photos

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Photo courtesy of Bill Wippert

Let’s go BUF – FA – LO!

Yes, that’s right, I said it– on RMNB!

As many of you know, I’m a Sabres/Caps fan that got into hockey watching Ryan Miller in the 2010 Olympics. I followed him back to the Sabres and from that moment on, they were my team (forgive me). I fell in love with the city, its team, and its people when I first visited in 2012.

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Photos: Chris Gordon

Seven years ago, Joseph Caprario’s father took his eight-year-old son to a Washington Capitals game after winning a charity auction. This was back in 2008, when Mike Green was electric and on his way to a 31-goal season. After that game, little Joseph met Green. The defenseman gave the fan a game-used stick and signed the blade with a silver Sharpie. Joseph treasured it; he hung the stick on his wall. For the affable Green, it was a routine gesture.

“A few months later, I started playing hockey myself,” Caprario told me. “Meeting Green was what inspired me to do so. I started as a defenseman. He was my favorite player.”

Elyssa Cole, a 29-year-old teacher in Sterling, Virginia, has always been a huge fan of the Caps and an even huger fan of Mike Green. She loves collecting Caps memorabilia. Five years ago, she found on eBay something she had to have. It was a Mike Green game-used stick. Cole splurged, shelling out $200 to buy it.

On Sunday, both Caprario and Cole made the hour-long trip to Kettler Capitals Iceplex to give back to the guy they felt had already done so much for them.

“I figured that if this stick is so good to him that he plays better, this was the right thing to do,” Cole told me. “As a fan, I’d do anything to help the team win.”

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The Nature Boy gives the Stingrays a “Wooo” before going out onto the ice. (Photo: @KevinLive5)

On Saturday night, the Caps-affiliated South Carolina Stingrays did something awesome. They won their 18th straight game, setting a new ECHL wins record. It’s the longest winning streak in the ECHL’s 27-year history. They defeated the Gwinnett Gladiators 6-0.

Even cooler: the rolex-wearing, diamond-ring wearing, kiss-stealing, limousine-riding, jet-flying son-of-a-gun, Ric Flair, was in the house to see it all.

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Photo: @artofdave

The way Braden Holtby has played this year, Justin Peters may not suit up for another game. That’s unfortunate because Peters is now sporting one of the coolest masks in the NHL.

If you don’t believe me, let’s turn off the lights.

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So great. (Photo: @annasleong)

Washington Capitals defensemen/bros-in-real-life Karl Alzner and John Carlson signed autographs for Caps fans in Silver Spring Thursday night. The event was held by Sport Chevrolet, that car dealership they did commercials for this season.

In these types of settings, athletes can be asked to sign some silly items. Example: reader Eric presented Alzner with a printed-out Words With Friends screenshot. Eric had pwned Alzner on the mobile game earlier in the year and wanted to immortalize the victory.

Instead of open-hand slapping the fan, which is what I would have done, Alzner obliged. He’s so nice. He’s really, really nice. Nicer than I.

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Photo: @capivan8

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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