2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

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On Monday night, the 2015 World Junior Championship final was held between Canada and Russia, and it was one a hell of a game. After going up 5-1, Canada gave up 3 unanswered goals to Russia in the second period. In the third, Canada bent but didn’t break, holding on until the final buzzer to win 5-4.

The chirping between Caps players was fast and furious on Twitter during the final, though mostly between roommates Tom Wilson and Michael Latta.

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Braden Holtby made a simple stop during a Panthers power play early in the third period, but he couldn’t find where the puck went afterwards. It was lost somewhere in his pads.

“Look, I can make it disappear!” CSN’s Joe Beninati joked. “He might find it in the shower an hour later.”

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Alex Ovechkin followed up his Winter Classic tally with a power-play goal against the Panthers on Sunday, his eighth of the season and 19th goal overall. It was all made possible because of a beautiful pass by Nicklas Backstrom.

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When news broke that the Capitals asked the US Army Chorus sing the national anthem, some wondered if it was potentially a cost-cutting move. In previous Winter Classics, famous, Grammy award-winning musicians have sung the Star Spangled Banner, including the Zac Brown Band last year and Patti LeBelle in 2012.

Instead, Caps anthem singers Master Sergeant Bob McDonald and Master Sergeant Caleb Green combined with Caps PA Announcer Wes Johnson to author one of the most beautiful pregame ceremonies and anthem singings I’ve ever seen. In fact, the whole thing was so dang perfect and well-done, I found myself overwhelmed. I sobbed by the end of it.

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The Caps are Crashing the Net and Scoring Goals

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“If you want money, go to the bank. If you want bread, go to the bakery. If you want goals, go to the net,” Brooks Laich said back in 2008.

Or, as the mantra goes ’round these parts: Crash the Net.

Many of the Caps recent goals have come as a result of net-crashing and net presence, but quantitatively proving that the Caps consistently have been putting more bodies around the net lately would take an immense amount of game tracking, plus a clear definition of what constitutes net-crashing and what doesn’t. To me, at least, it sure seems like the Caps are around the net more lately.

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After the Winter Classic ended in dramatic fashion Thursday, Mike Green told reporters, “We were screaming so hard in the huddle I almost passed out. I could only imagine what the fans were doing.”

Now we know, thanks to Brouwer Ranger Ryan’s helmet camera.

In an undeniably prescient move, Ryan switched on his helmet cam as Blackhawks star Jonathan Toews headed to the penalty box for hooking in the game’s final minute. He would capture a moment of pure joy just seconds later, when Troy Brouwer picked up a loose puck in the left circle, loaded it into the Brouwitzer and shot it straight at poor Corey Crawford.

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Because technology has advanced to the point where an official can wear a tiny video camera on his head, we bring you footage of Barry Trotz yelling at a referee from said referee’s perspective during the Winter Classic. This is compelling stuff.

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Troy Brouwer is your hero. After Alex Ovechkin’s stick got slashed out of his hands, Brouwer, in the slot, just skated in a circle and fired blindly on net.

He scored!

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We don’t love the idea of Jay Beagle on the first line, but darn it if a clutch screen by #TopLineBeagle didn’t just help Alex Ovechkin score at the Winter Classic.

What a moment.

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With two goals, Eric Fehr was the hero of the 2011 Winter Classic. The 2015 Winter Classic has barely started, but Fehr is doing it again.

Fehr scored his third career outdoor game goal on a sweet breakaway to become the NHL’s leading outdoor scorer. Look at this.

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