Wes Johnson’s Epic Unleash The Fury (Video)

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Verizon Center was insanely loud tonight. Many players remarked about it after the game (more on that later). And according to friend of the blog Chris Gardner, the noise reached a maximum of 112.2 dB inside the arena, which came on some good ol’ fashioned organic cheering. You guys are crazy.

Caps PA Announcer Wes Johnson was also on top of his game tonight. Every game, Wes will try to pump up the crowd after the team runs it’s Unleash The Fury video on the jumbotron. The video package is played at a strategic time in the game where the Caps Game Entertainment crew thinks it will most help the players and lead them to victory. Tonight, after Karl Alzner scored to make the game 2-1 Isles, the video played.

Then Wes did his thing. It is magical.

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The morning after getting pwn’d by the Islanders in game one, the Capitals held an optional skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Barry Trotz said that many of the mistakes the Caps made the night before were ones the team had worked on all season long. They knew better, Troz said, so an actual practice on the ice would serve little purpose. That said, I’m sure Trotz reviewed a lot of game tape with the team, hopefully some from the Caps’ two failed power plays.

Islanders head coach Jack Capuano had his penalty killers play in an aggressive box formation against the Caps’ top-ranked power play. Basically, the Isles player nearest the puck would skate out quickly to force a bad decision by the Caps. The Isles penalty kill, ranked 26th in the league during the regular season (76 percent), thrives on chaos created by their team speed. The Caps made long passes, turned the puck over, and were unable to set up Alex Ovechkin more than once in the left circle. On top of that, the Isles had scouted the Caps power play so much, it seemed as if they knew where the puck was going to go before the Caps did.

Watch how discombobulated the Caps were during their first man advantage.

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After losing 4-2 to the New York Rangers Saturday afternoon, the Washington Capitals had to wait until after the Islanders’ game this evening to see if they would have home ice against them in the first round or not.

They WILL.

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Alex Ovechkin on Shutout Win: ‘Eeeeeeee!’

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Alex Ovechkin didn’t score a goal on Wednesday. He didn’t get an assist either. Really, the only thing he contributed was getting elbowed in the face. But to Ovi, team success has always been more important than individual stuff. He celebrates harder for his teammates goals than for his own.

And now, this:

“Eeeeeeee!”

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Oh, boy, get your tissues ready. I just received the final update from Bensten Schone’s family, and spoiler alert: it’s a good one.

If you hadn’t heard, six-year-old Bensten was seriously injured in a sledding accident back in January. His family started a hashtag, #pray4bman, that went viral across the region. A ton of people, especially Bensten’s fellow Caps fans, sent words of encouragement to B-man and his family.

With Bensten now home and on the long road to full recovery, his family posted a YouTube video recapping the incredible journey the family has been on for the past few weeks. It includes many of your tweets and photos. It’s so inspiring and a great reminder of what an amazing community we have as Caps fans.

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There used to be a guy behind the Caps bench who looked like Ray Liotta. He made wacky decisions that harmed the team, like forcing Braden Holtby to play deep in the net, altering everyone’s sticks, and sometimes being too honest during press conferences.

But if there was one decision that was more bizarre than the rest: pairing Alex Ovechkin— this generation’s greatest goal scorer– with Jay Beagle and AHL journeyman Joey Crabb on the first line.

For more evidence of why it was such an awful decision, I direct you to an Instagram video from Paul Bissonnette.

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Last night, the Washington Capitals found out that they had earned a playoff spot while flying back to DC from Detroit. According to the Caps’ Mike Vogel, there was a “loud cheer on the plane as [the] boys learned the news.”

If that wasn’t endearing enough, the Caps took a ridiculous celebration picture as Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, and Alex Ovechkin emerged from the plane. They smiled for the camera flailing their arms like it was an R. Kelly video.

Ovechkin didn’t stop there. Not even a little.

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The Washington Capitals beat one of the best possession teams in the league on Sunday, but not before weathering a last-minute onslaught by the Detroit Red Wings. That onslaught included six shot attempts – five of which were blocked by Washington defenders.

Karl Alzner literally saved the game himself, diving in front of a Riley Sheahan shot with 15.8 seconds remaining. Teemu Pulkkinen’s point shot ricocheted off Matt Niskanen’s skate to a wide-open Sheahan at the left circle. With Holtby facing the other direction, Alzner sacrificed his body – much like Tom Wilson did a few minutes earlier – and blocked the attempt with an awkward double-leg slide.

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The Ottawa Senators’ Skating Prime Ministers — John A. Macdonald, Wilfrid Laurier, William Lyon MacKenzie King, and Robert Borden — didn’t just skate around and crash into each other ridiculously tonight. They also tossed some easter eggs onto the ice and, oh yeah, challenged the Washington Nationals’ Racing Presidents to a duel.

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Because we know you guys like breaking news like this, here’s Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin revealing what instrument he wishes he could play.

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