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O'Brien signs his first NHL contract.

O’Brien signs his first NHL contract.

It always seems there’s one player at every camp who comes out of nowhere to make the team. Last season it was Connor Carrick. This season it was undrafted free-agent invitee Liam O’Brien.

The forward, who managed just 42 goals in 261 junior games, did not get signed by Brian MacLellan to a three-year entry-level contract because of his scoring prowess. It was his tenacity and grit.

All of O’Brien’s strengths came through during Tuesday’s 6-5 shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks. O’Brien tallied his first NHL point in his third NHL game and also got a bunch of media coverage for taunting bear-on-skates John Scott.

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The Washington Capitals needed a clutch third period goal trailing 5-3 and they got it from Alex Ovechkin.

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Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green scored for the second straight game on Tuesday. That’s cause for celebration. During his intermission interview with Al Koken he had a special shout-out.

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When the Washington Capitals walked into the locker room for the first intermission, they trailed the San Jose Sharks 3-0. Seven short minutes into the second period, the Capitals had scored three of the next four goals, pulling within one.

Two quick goals from Mike Green and Alex Ovechkin 34 seconds apart, helped make that all possible.

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San Jose Sharks enforcer John Scott is probably one of the worst hockey players in the league. The 6’8″ left wing plays in the NHL only because of the traits he shares with a grizzly bear, except on the ice. Remember that one time Phil Kessel wielded his stick like a three musketeer? It was because Scott — who was playing for the Sabres at the time — was trying to send the Maple Leafs a message by trying to fight their best player.

San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan gave that his first sweater of the season on Tuesday. And he scored. On Brooks Orpik. Easily.

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Remember a few months ago when we reported that Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin would star in an “unusual and somewhat provocative” music video with Katyla Lel? Well today that song, entitled “Let Them Talk,” debuted on YouTube and yes, I need to talk about this.

We’ve got CGI’d flying pucks, angry Ovi faces, and groping – lots and lots of groping.

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Who are these people?

This Washington Capitals team features two prominent foreign rookies: Swede Andre Burakovsky and Russian Evgeny Kuznetsov. You’d think these names are not that hard to pronounce, but I guess not. Television people butchered them last week.

Our first offender is ABC 7’s Tim Brant, who is a cool dude, but must now get a timeout.

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In what will hopefully be a never-ending series, CSN Washington’s Jill Sorenson interviewed third-line amigos Joel Ward and Jason Chimera in a segment aptly called Wardo and Chimmer. In the video, the friends, who filmed one of the funniest videos of last year, explained when was the exact moment they fell in love.

“I don’t know if it was love at first sight,” Ward explained.

“Sometimes love takes a long time to build,” Chimera countered.

I don’t know; you just have to see this.

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During the first Coach’s Corner segment of the season (now half as long! Thank you, Sportsnet), outspoken analyst and big Maple Leafs fan Don Cherry discussed the Leafs’ approach to drafting under the new regime. As always, it was hilarious, maybe even intentionally so.

And, yes, the Caps were even mentioned.

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Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green missed opening night, still healing up from an upper-body injury. Green made his debut in Boston on Saturday and scored on a beautiful one-timer from the point.

The goal was made possible by Russian rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov, playing in Nicklas Backstrom’s spot on the second power play unit, who found Green with a perfect pass from across the ice.

Look at this.

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