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One of Jimmy Fallon’s go-to bits is Superlatives, where he takes an awkward bio photo of an athlete and then gives them a funny superlative like you’d find in a high school yearbook. Last night, he did some for the NHL again (NBC channels are airing all NHL playoff games) and Fallon mentioned three Caps players: Alex Ovechkin, Curtis Glencross, and John Erskine.

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If you love cheesy 80’s sitcoms and/or the Washington Capitals, you’re going to love this.

Last October, Adult Swim aired an 11-minute-long video at 4 AM during its usual infomercial block. Entitled Too Many Cooks, the clip begins as a parody of the opening credits of old TV sitcoms like Full House, Step By Step, and Perfect Strangers. One character is introduced. Then another. And another. And another. And then like sixty more. It keeps going and going until it takes a very dark turn. Upon release to YouTube, the video went viral.

RMNB reader Ned Belliveau (follow him right now) made a parody of the parody. He calls it Too Many Caps. Enjoy.

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Once an afterthought in the Filip Forsberg deal, Michael Latta has since carved for himself a full-time roster spot in Washington. An underrated, rugged center, Latta’s adept at killing penalties, forechecking, punching faces, and being literal sandpaper on the ice. Off the ice, he’s something of a social media all-star and a player to whom fans have really gravitated.

Latta, who almost has 20k Twitter followers, has co-created new nicknames for Evgeny Kuznetsov, Mike Green, and Nicklas Backstrom. He’s live-tweeted what it’s like to be roommates with Tom Wilson and Andre Burakovsky. He was the single funniest moment of EPIX’s Road To The Winter Classic. He was one of the first players to send out a well wish to the #Pray4Bman hashtag.

Simply put, Latta is a delight. On Sunday, I stuck a camera in his face after a bag skate at KCI. This turned out to be a good idea.

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Andre Burakovsky has a lot of nicknames. Some players, like new roommate Michael Latta, call him Burkie. Others, such as us, call him the Burracuda. Apparently we’re not alone.

During a post-game interview with Pierre McGuire, Jay “The Regal” Beagle gave a shout-out to the “Burracuda” for his great pass.

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He scored while falling like this. Really.

Holy hell. In game two, Alex Ovechkin scored one of the greatest goals of his career. Skating into the New York Rangers’ zone, Ovechkin skates through two defenders. Then as he’s falling down to the ice, the Russian machine rips a shot to the top left corner past future Hall of Fame goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

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Photo: Mike Stobe

During this year’s playoff run, Alex Ovechkin has celebrated harder for his teammates’ goals than his own. After Joel Ward scored the game-winning goal with 1.3 seconds left in game one Thursday, a beyond excited Ovechkin stopped skating and started running on the ice.

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Photo: Jared Sibler

The Capitals take a 1-nothing lead into the intermission thanks to Alex Ovechkin’s latest mindblowing goal.

In a late-period power play (Jay Beagle was held by Dom Moore), Alex Ovechkin gained the zone. As soon as he hit the face-off circle, Ovi loosed an uncanny dart.

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Steve Dangle of Sportsnet (yeah, of Sportsnet; didn’t you hear? Bloggers be gettin’ paid) is cutting fun video recaps of every playoff series. On Tuesday he cut one for the Caps-Isles series, which everyone knew would go seven games. While Steve is a dedicated Toronto fan (and I’m using “fan” as a polite euphemism for basically Robert Deniro as Curly Renard in the movie The Fan), he had nothing but nice things to say about the series.

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Before the Washington Capitals began their first round series against the Islanders, Caps players received hats embroidered with the text, My Man. From this we learned about Alex Ovechkin‘s bizarre tendency to yell the phrase to his teammates.

“It’s kind of a thing when a guy scores or does something good someone says, ‘My Man,'” Karl Alzner said  a few weeks ago. “When a guy walks into the locker room: ‘My Man.’ It’s kind of like a you’re the man type of thing.”

On Monday, after the Capitals defeated the Islanders in game seven, Ovechkin found his new line-mate Joel Ward and congratulated him the only way he knew how.

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Before the Caps took the ice for game seven on Monday, they received a special message from Bensten Schone, the six-year-old Caps fan who was struck by a car during a sledding accident in January. B-Man has made remarkable recovery since, overcoming a brain injury that threatened his life. For many Capitals players (and people in this community), he been an inspiration because of his strength through this entire ordeal.

The Caps aired a video he recorded for them before the game. It was sweet.

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