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The Washington Capitals released their holiday video today. The video features players from the Wizards and Caps posing, ridiculously, for Christmas cards.

Then they cut to raw footage in front of the green screen, which is great.

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The first episode of Epix Presents the Road to the Winter Classic is below.

Hit play and let’s chat in the comments. It’ll be a blast.

Go Caps.

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Sometimes I hate writing about individual plays, because some people think it makes the man. It doesn’t. Even when John Scott blows by Brooks Orpik for a goal.

So when I show you this Mike Green turnover, I want you to remember that Green has been the Capitals best defender this season and I’m 90% writing about this because of what happened afterwards.

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Tonight at 10 PM, the first episode of EPIX’s Road To The Winter Classic will air online featuring (hopefully) organic, not-at-all-contrived coverage of the team we love (also the Chicago Blackhawks). I admit I’m super excited for all the right reasons (pageviews!). Some old RMNB footage might even make a short cameo on the show.

EPIX has posted exclusive photos, featuring some fantastic portraits of Caps stars.

I have a feeling at least half of you are going to be very excited to continue scrolling. I even included a few GIFs and a video too.

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Every time I want to completely give up on ESPN and their dwindling hockey coverage, they do something that pulls be back in: like show an Alex Ovechkin goal as an actual top highlight or air a sick breakaway by Stan Galiev even though he’s in the minor leagues.

Over the weekend, SportsCenter straight up killed it again when they did the highlights of the Los Angeles Kings/Montreal Canadiens game with NHL ’94 graphics and sound. This is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen the channel do.

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On Friday, the Washington Capitals hosted eight-year-old Lauren Santora at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Lauren, who suffers from type 1 diabetes, had one wish: to meet her favorite hockey player, Alex Ovechkin.

The Connecticuter got that and then some. After going on a Caps shopping spree and practicing with the team, Santora was asked by Ovechkin to go on a two-on-none against Braden Holtby. You’d think selfish Ovi would shoot, but instead he dished to Santora, who nailed the puck into the back of the net. It was a super sweet moment.

After publishing video of that goal yesterday, @dlj26 tweeted us to say he’d love to hear the voice of the Capitals, John Walton, call the goal. We agreed, so we asked the notoriously busy play-by-play man. He came through in the clutch.

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Today was a great day at practice as the Washington Capitals granted the wish of 8-year-old Lauren Santora. Her dream was to meet Alex Ovechkin. She got that and then some.

The Norwalk, CT native, who has been playing hockey since age two, combined with the Russian machine to score the sweetest goal of her career.

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Wheel of Fortune Host and Washington Capitals season ticket holder Pat Sajak was on PTI tonight. Sajak filled in as Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser’s celebrity stat boy, filming an Oddsmaker segment in the middle of the show. And he did the damn thing while wearing a Caps jacket.

Awesome.

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CSN Washington’s Joe Beninati has won a swimming pool filled with Emmy statuettes for his unmatched calling of Caps games over the years. And you’re certainly well aware that he is a finely dressed man (we’ve documented every suit he’s worn over the last five years). And yes, we once had him dress our own Chris Gordon.

Our adulation of Beninati’s style has been loud and proud, but Hollywood has been slower to notice. No longer.

Earlier this week, E! Fashion Police star Giuliana Rancic (a Whitman High and American University graduate) called Joe B the best dressed play-by-play man in the NHL.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning scored a garbage goal with three seconds left in the game to make it 4-3. Jon Cooper called time out. The Lightning kept their net empty. That wasn’t wise.

Nicklas Backstrom won the face-off, which Alex Ovechkin immediately shot into the net with under a half second left.

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