On Monday, Washington Capitals players got a special treat at practice. Cale Chimera, Jason Chimera’s adorable six-year-old son, came to the rink and hung out with the team.

Or at least I thought it was something the players would enjoy.

“I stay away from him,” Karl Alzner said to NBC Washington, terror in his voice. “He has too much energy for me. If he’s anything like his dad, he’ll be able to go for days.”

During practice, as Caps captain Alex Ovechkin left the ice, he met Cale at the bench. Ovi went for a wrestling move. It ended up being a poor decision on Ovi’s part.

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Eric Fehr Just Wants to Find a Good Home


Photo Credit: Patrick McDermott

Last year, Eric Fehr bounced around the lineup as Adam Oates struggled to find a spot for him. Some nights, Fehr would play center, not his natural position, on the third line. Other nights he would find himself in the press box, despite being one of the team’s top possession players. What he never got a chance to do was be a scoring-line winger, which the Capitals drafted him to be and a spot in which he’s shown promise in the past. Under Bruce Boudreau, Fehr also struggled to fit in, eventually forcing the Caps to ship him to Winnipeg for a fourth rounder and an irrelevant minor leaguer. With Barry Trotz, it looked like things might change, with Fehr starting the season on the top line.

“I just want to have a spot and consistently play, just not be moving around every night,” Fehr said in September.

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Saturday night before the Los Angeles Kings took on the Vancouver Canucks, Sportsnet’s Hockey Night In Canada panel provided priceless insight on the upcoming Western Conference showdown.

“Adam, thoughts on the game,” host George Stroumboulopoulos asked, tossing it to former Caps head coach Adam Oates.

“Where’s your secondary scoring, [Los Angeles]? Other than the 70’s line, you’ve got to get it going,” Oates said. “And you’ve had a Stanley Cup hangover, it’s time to get going. Everybody [needs to] start chipping in.”

Naturally, Stroumboulopoulos wondered how long a Stanley Cup hangover should actually last. So he asked Oates.

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Ex-Hershey netminder David Leggio, he of Pierre McGuire impression fame, seems to have found a loophole in the rulebook. We couldn’t be prouder.

Playing for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL, the 30-year-old Leggio, who represented the US at this year’s World Championship, faced a 2-on-0 after his team turned the puck over at center ice. As ex-Lightning forward Dana Tyrell made his way past the blue line, Leggio knocked the net off its moorings.

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Seven minutes into the first period, Washington Capitals forward Tom “Big Stamos” Wilson began skating with Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin on the first line. It took just one shift with the superstars for Wilson to score his first goal of the season, responding to an Arizona Coyotes power play tally 49 seconds earlier.

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Alex Ovechkin Almost Scores From His Knees (GIF)


Some of the greatest plays of Alex Ovechkin‘s career have come when he’s not even on his skates. There was The Goal, when he scored on the Coyotes while doing a barrel roll in the slot. Then there was that one time he almost scored against the Rangers while sitting on his bum.

Against the Lightning on Saturday, Ovechkin passed the puck to himself and got a semi-breakaway. He fell over, but that’s no reason not to get a shot on goal.

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Last night marked the first time in Alex Ovechkin‘s career he has gone five consecutive games without registering a point. Despite the Caps dominating the Red Wings in possession, they lost again. In fact, they’ve lost three out of their last five games in spite of having the best 5-on-5 possession (56.52% CF) in the entire league, as Adam Vingan reported.

This morning before practice, Ovi came out to the ice early and practiced one-timers from The Ovi Spot, determined to end both trends.

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“Killer” Turnovers Cost Caps Victory Over Red Wings


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For the last few games, Washington’s offense has been lacking. Alex Ovechkin has struggled to score — going five games without a goal — while the rest of the lines have struggled to click as Barry Trotz’s looks for line combinations that will gel. On Wednesday, they got the offense. Washington clearly outclassed the Red Wings but made a few inexplicable mistakes. They hurt.

“They’re not playing overly poor,” Trotz said after the game. “You’ve just got to put your nose to the grindstone and plow through it.”

“Every turnover we did have ended up in the back of the net a little bit,” he added.

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Tonight, the Washington Capitals are on national TV and you know what that means: everybody’s favorite bald commentator is inside the glass! At the beginning of the telecast, Pierre McGuire, the Emmy award winning analyst, talked about the Caps new defensive additions during the offseason: Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen.

Except, that’s not exactly what he said.

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“I must nuzzle you.”

The Capitals Dog Calendar photoshoot is the gift that keeps on giving. We’ve brought you photos, 35 even cuter photos, and puppy selfies. Now: GIFs!

On Tuesday night, the Caps released their own video summarizing the event and we learned some of the calendar’s backstory. Carmen Brouwer and Mandy Alzner, owners of multiple cute puppies themselves, came up with the idea several years ago.

“It was just an idea we had,” Brouwer said. “We thought we could be more involved in the community. This is our third calendar. The first year we outsourced the photography, but now we have Mrs. Green and she can do the photography for us.”

Yes, Mike Green’s wife, Courtney Parrie, took the photos for the calendar. She is an accomplished photographer.

The calendars will be put on sale December 2nd at the Verizon Center team store, the MSE Foundation table at section 104, and Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

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