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Alex Ovechkin is stocky and swift. With one quick move, he can leave you bloody and terrified. Ovechkin is aggressive, never backing down from a fight, leaving people who come near him begging their don’t feel the brunt of his attack. But I’m taking about two different animals. One of them plays hockey for the Washington Capitals. The other is a dog.

Friday night on National Geographic Wild’s Cesar 911, hosted famed “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan, one of them was featured. It didn’t involve terrible Russian EDM, so I’m sorry to say it was Ovechkin the German Shepard, who sported an Ovi Winter Classic jersey in one of the pictures shown on the show.

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Braden Holtby sat at the far end of the Capitals locker room for a few minutes, staring straight ahead. As reporters began to file in, Holtby walked out of the room to gather himself, returning about 10 minutes later. Earlier in the night, he held a 3-1 lead against the New York Islanders, just 13 minutes away from tying Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur for the most wins in a single season. With the Capitals possessing the best third period goal differential in the league and a significant shot advantage, Verizon Center roared as every save put him closer to the NHL record of 48 wins.

But in the final minutes, Holtby buckled, making an elementary miscue that ended up in the back of his net, putting the Islanders within one.

“I just, I made a mistake and it changed the momentum,” a dejected Holtby said of the play after the game. “It was just one of those plays I got caught between covering it and putting it in the corner, and when you’re in between decisions, it never ends up well.”

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Saturday night, the Washington Capitals got shut out by the Blues 4-0. St. Louis’ first goal, by Kyle Brodziak, started with a turnover behind the net by Caps defenseman Dmitry Orlov.

CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Alan May, a veteran of 393 NHL games and 17 professional seasons of hockey, broke down the play and showed how Orlov can learn from veteran Brooks Orpik. This is brilliant stuff (and no, he didn’t pay me to write that, though he probably should, considering how mean he is to me online).

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RMNB’s Easter Wishes for the Washington Capitals

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Happy Easter, Caps fans. It’s that time again.

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During the first TV stoppage in play, the Capitals, like they’ve done all season, played a tribute video for Troy Brouwer, honoring his four seasons in Washington. Brouwer scored 83 goals, but none was bigger than his Winter Classic game-winning goal in 2015.

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Here’s Jay Beagle Howling In His Natural Habitat

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The Capitals shared this Vine this evening and I’d be remiss if I didn’t post it. It’s Jay Beagle howling during practice. It’s basically a visual dog pun. The Capitals say Jay’s wooooing, but ignore them.

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Video killed the radio star. Now, it’s coming for the blogs.

RMNB is proud to re-introduce you to Ben Scarbro, whom you’ve seen around these parts investigating Caps superfans, dancing to Taylor (Swift, not Chorney) and earning a spot in at least the top 200 RMNB commenters.

Ben pitched us the crazy and totally original idea of video recaps of big Caps games. We’d certainly never seen anything like that before, so we told him to go for it.

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The Caps Tribute Video for Brooks Laich

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Wednesday night, Brooks Laich made his grand return to Washington, three days after being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. As has been customary for long-time players, the Caps aired a tribute video during the first TV timeout.

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We have the habit of making tribute videos after long-time Caps leave the organization. See our past diddies for Alex Semin, Mike Green, and Eric Fehr. It’s our way of saying thank you.

This time we’re doing it a little bit different. Brooks Laich’s trade hit RMNB reader Sean Morrow especially hard last night. So he stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to make this video for Brooks.

It’s set to literally the perfect song. Take it away, Sean.

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Saturday at Kettler, the Washington Capitals held a strenuous morning skate ahead of their game that night with the New Jersey Devils. After team drills, Michael Latta worked on his (surprisingly good) stick-handling at center ice, before saucing some passes with former roommate Andre Burakovsky.

Despite only playing in 40 games this season, Latta has already put up a career high in points (7) and has been a valuable contributor from the Capitals’ fourth line. When he hasn’t been on the ice, the St. Clements, Ontario, native has been one of the most fascinating players on the team, dancing with dolphins, begging for Instagram follows, and ragging on roommate Tom Wilson.

I spoke to Latta about life, hockey, and Caps Twitter on Saturday inside the locker room. It was a good chat.

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