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Brooks Orpik has played 798 games regular season games in the NHL. On Saturday night, he won the game for the Washington Capitals with just his second goal for the team. After the game, a reporter asked him if he could remember that last time he scored a goal-winning goal. A blank look came over his face.

“No,” he said.

That might be because he never has scored a game-winning goal — at least in the NHL.

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The new NHL.com

The NHL launched its redesigned website a couple weeks back, and reviews have been mixed. There have been complaints about missing functionality, confusing navigation, and buggy videos.

I could go on, but I think this summarizes it best:

It just so happens that Ian and I, in addition to being hockey fans and writers, are Professional Internet People in our day jobs. On Saturday we got together to talk about the new NHL.com, its strengths and weaknesses, and mostly the latter. Check it out.

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Nate Schmidt’s Interview Also Sabotaged by Teammates

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St. Cloud, Minnesota, native and Caps defenseman Nate Schmidt was all smiles in a pregame interview before tonight’s game against the Minnesota Wild.

It was a beautiful mess, just like Jason Chimera’s conversation with John Walton Wednesday.

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Caps Prank Jason Chimera, Try to Disrupt His Interview

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The Washington Capitals are the best team in the NHL by a country mile. All that winning breeds a happy, playful locker room. And we have another ridiculous example of this courtesy of the Capitals and radio announcer John Walton.

Wednesday after practice, Walton interviewed Jason Chimera for a Rinkside Update. Chimera’s teammates then tried their best to torpedo the interview.

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Here’s What It’s Like to be Engaged to Brooks Laich

For most of the past 12 years, Brooks Laich has been the number one heart throb of the Washington Capitals. In October 2013, Vanity Fair named the handsome hunk one of the best-dressed players in the league. Many of my friends, who I will not name, openly told me about how someday they wished to be Mrs. Brooks Laich.

Well today, I am here to show you what that reality would be like, courtesy of Laich’s movie-star fiancée Julianne Hough.

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First-time all stars Evgeny Kuznetsov, Braden Holtby, and Nicklas Backstrom walked the red carpet ahead of tonight’s Skills Competition at Bridgestone Arena in front of a huge crowd. Kuznetsov once again wore his lucky suit again.

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Over the weekend, the DMV area saw two to three feet of snow fall in a historic blizzard. Days later, the dig-out continues, especially in Baltimore. The port-city experienced a record-setting snow. Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport reported that 29.2 inches of powder fell from the sky.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Baltimore Orioles released a timelapse video of the snow falling at the most beautiful baseball stadium in the country, Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Take a look.

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The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins were supposed to renew their rivalry at 12:30 PM on national television today. Instead, a blizzard dropped two feet of snow on the nation’s capital, paralyzing the area and closing DC’s airports and roads.

So without hockey, what are we to do? I figure: watch really good, old hockey instead! And the obvious thing to watch is the Snovechkin game in its entirety. The similarities from then and now are uncanny.

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How has Alex Ovechkin spent his free time during the DC Blizzard? Friday afternoon, we got an early glimpse when WUSA9 interviewed the Russian machine at a gas station filling up a gas can. Ovechkin said during the interview that it was for his snowblower and he planned to help dig out his neighbors because in his words “there’s nothing to do anyways.” What a guy.

On Saturday, Ovechkin, clad in grey sweatpants (of course) and his Russian Olympic coat, took to his driveway and got to work. It was documented in an Instagram post.

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Justin Williams recorded his second-career hat trick Sunday night. Williams didn’t have much of a celebration after he scored his empty-net goal, but once the Caps put Run DMC’s It’s Tricky on the speakers, Williams’ face lit up, and he began rapping with Rev Run and DMC.

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