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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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Amazing photo by @brennabro

A few days ago we mentioned that Modell’s was offering all its Washington Capitals Winter Classic gear for half off. You could have had an Ovechkin WC jersey for $90.

For some fans, this was too much, judging by what they showed up to Nats Park wearing.

Check out the above photo. That’s a guy in a Sidney Crosby Winter Classic jersey, standing beside a terrible, terrible jersey foul: a Matt Niskanen Caps jersey with the number 8 on it.

This was just the beginning. Prepare yourself.

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Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo (and let me emphasize the WASHINGTON NATIONALS part) wore something to the Winter Classic that might stun you.

“It’s a Bobby Hull jersey,” the Chicago-born Rizzo said to the NHL Network’s Billy Jaffe with a big smile. “It’s a throwback.”

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Photos: Amanda Bowen

A half a dozen former Capitals players came out to the DC Hilton Garden Inn on Wednesday night to spend New Year’s Eve with fans. Caps great Olie Kolzig, Craig Laughlin, CSN analyst Alan May, former 60-goal scorer Dennis Maruk, and several others signed autographs, took photos, and even played some air hockey.

Amanda Bowen estimates that a few hundred people showed up. Below are her photos.

If you’ve got any good stories from the event, hit us up in the comments!

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Trotz Family

Following their sun-splashed practice at Nationals Park on Wednesday, the Washington Capitals stayed on the ice for an informal skate around the outdoor rink, joined by their friends and family — and there were plenty of them. Michael Latta got around 50 tickets for his guests, though he’s not the Capitals leader. According to Latta, John Carlson asked for even more. While the media was ushered away from the rink during the skate, NHL Network cameras and the Caps Twitter account captured some of the heartwarming moments.

These guys are adorable.

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Here’s the Capitals’ Winter Classic Team Photo

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Photo via Monumental Network.

The Winter Classic is almost here. On Wednesday, the Capitals skated on the Nationals Park ice for the first time, practicing for almost an hour before taking to the ice with their friends and families. During the midday practice, they encountered shadows and glare, with some players resorting to unusual measures. But before all that, they gathered together at center ice to take the official Winter Classic team photo, decked out in their full game day attire. It looks splendid.

Here are a couple more shots from the shoot.

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