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Barry Trotz didn’t want to admit it earlier in the series, but there was a bonus to defeating the New York Islanders in the playoffs. If the Capitals could manage to win the series, it would end the Isles’ tenure in their barn in Uniondale, NY.

The Capitals did exactly that on Monday night, thanks to an Evgeny Kuznetsov goal with 7:18 remaining. So a few Caps fans decided to update the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum’s Wikipedia page.

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Regardless of tonight’s outcome, this will be the final game CSN Washington covers this postseason. Therefore, this is the final Joe B Suit of the Night.

In case you’re wondering, Beninati brought out his A game for the telecast. He wore a handsome navy suit with a red tie, white pocket square, and a vertically striped blue dress shirt. Check out all of Joe B’s suits this season.

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How Are You Preparing for Game Seven?

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Tonight, the Capitals will play game seven against the New York Islanders. It will be the tenth time the club has played in a game seven in the playoffs. Of the nine that have come before, the Caps have won three.

Year Oh God What Happened
 2013 Lost 5-0 to the Rangers
 2012  Lost 2-1 to the Rangers
 2012 Beat the Bruins 2-1 in OT
 2010 Lost 2-1 to the Canadiens
 2009 Lost 6-2 to the Penguins
 2009 Beat the Rangers 2-1
 2008 Lost 3-2 to the Flyers
 1995 Lost 5-0 to the Penguins
 1992 Lost 3-1 to the Penguins
 1988 Lost 3-2 to the Devils
 1992 Beat the Flyers 5-4 in OT
 1987 Lost 3-2 to the Islanders in 4OT

Game seven (gay sev to those in the know) is a familiar, painful Capitals tradition– one that began in ’87 with the heartbreak that was the Easter Epic. No matter what happens tonight, the game will take years off your life. The anxiety is imminent, and it will certainly make you a worse employee and a lazier lover.

How are you preparing for the game? Are you wearing rad Caps gear? Is it radder than my my signed Bradley jersey? Are you making signs and taking them to the game? Got any chants in mind? What is your dog doing and is he/she cute?

Use this space to share your outfit, your plans, and your feels. We’ll get through this together.

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It’s almost like Willy relishes the hatred he’s getting from Islanders fans.

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And I thought EV-GAINING GROUND was awesome. I want to marry this pun and have all of its pun babies.

Thanks for tweeting @SeanCaps8! (You’re so internet famous right now.)

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This is random timing, but why not?

Over the summer, Andre Burakovsky and Evgeny Kuznetsov participated in the NHL Rookie Showcase. The Caps teammates signed autographs and took photos for their first NHL trading cards. We also noticed they held hands with other NHL rookies and figure skated for reasons that were never completely clear.

Almost nine months later, now we know: Upper Deck hired a semi-professional figure skater to teach the rookies some… uh… new moves.

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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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