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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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Ten years ago, Alex Ovechkin scored his most memorable goal, a twirling, falling down prayer that beat Coyotes goalie Brian Boucher. The goal happened in front of Wayne Gretzky, the game’s greatest player and the Coyotoes coach at the time. Naturally, Ovechkin blew a kiss to him.

During the first intermission of Caps-Sabres, CSN Mid Atlantic aired a video, where the players and media who were there recounted the goal.

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Unleash the Fury has been a Capitals tradition for years, transforming tense close games into roaring, orgiastic rallies. Between the video package and Wes Johnson’s Kinison-esque screams lies Tom Green’s segment– originally adapted from 2000’s Road Trip and then later customized for the Caps.

Thursday night took the bit even further. Tom Green was in there in the flesh, leading the crowd in a rousing live version.

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Capitals second line winger Justin Williams was just lost after taking an Andre Burakovsky shot to the side of the face. (Don’t worry; he’s okay.)

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We just found out what was in that Brinks truck. The Washington Capitals presented Alex Ovechkin with a gold stick before Thursday’s game against the Canucks to celebrate his 500th goal.

Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, president Dick Patrick, and general manager Brian MacLellan joined Ovechkin, Ovechkin’s parents Mikhail and Tatyana, and Ovechkin’s fiancé Nastya Shubskaya on the ice. The team began the ceremony by showing a video on the jumbotron with a litany of NHL legends congratulating Ovechkin on the feat. It was capped off by Wayne Gretzky. “You’ve brought a lot of joy to a lot of people around the world,” The Great One said.

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The Washington Capitals’ Club Scarlet hosted Hockey ‘N Heels Tuesday night at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. This members-only event took about 200 fans through different aspects of the game from up close. Participants played broom ball with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Stan Galiev, took photobooth photos with Aaron Ness, practiced slapshots, and learned how to use a glove and blocker with Philipp Grubauer. After a busy first half, fans headed up stairs to learn more from the Caps’ coaches, equipment staff, refs, and CSN commentators Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin.

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