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Three-time Stanley Cup champion Justin Williams was honored Sunday night at Verizon Center ahead of his 1000th career NHL game against the Anaheim Ducks. Williams received a commemorative crystal from the NHL, a silver stick from the Capitals, and a Scottish golf vacation for two from the players. (A nodding Nicklas Backstrom looked particularly proud of that last one.)

Williams’ was joined on the ice by Caps owner Ted Leonsis and President Dick Patrick; players/scratches Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Brooks Orpik; and Williams’ adorable family — his wife Kelly, his daughter Jade, and his son Jaxon.

The Caps’ commemorative video was sweet. There were cameos from many of Williams’ former and current teammates including Alex Ovechkin (“It’s Ovi”) and Mike Richards. Williams’ family also submitted videos. Justin’s mother Denise poof’d her hair like her son did during the Caps team photo. Justin’s son Jaxon called his father his hero.

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When TJ Oshie got traded to the Capitals in early July for Troy Brouwer, Oshie was forced to sever ties with St. Louis, a team he spent roughly a quarter of his life with. Many Blues fans were sad to see the United States Olympian go. None more so than five-year-old Libby Lu, who I’m going to go ahead and say is Oshie’s biggest fan. Lu’s parents recorded her reaction to the news of Oshie’s departure and her breakdown went viral.

Oshie did his part to try and heal her wounds. Oshie surprised Lu during a live interview on SportsCenter and even sent her a tiny Caps jersey. On Saturday, ahead of the his first game back against his former team, Oshie met Lu in the bowels of Scottrade Center. Their interactions are so danged cute and the Caps captured the whole thing.

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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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