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As luck would have it, the NHL mic’d up human wrecking ball Tom Wilson for Tuesday night’s playoff game between the Washington Capitals and the New York Islanders. Like the rest of the Caps universe, Wilson rather enjoyed Nicklas Backstrom‘s overtime game-winning goal. The only problem was he couldn’t tell who scored.

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Tuesday night, the Washington Capitals tied up their first-round playoff series with the New York Islanders on a thrilling overtime goal by Nicklas Backstrom. Or was it?

Upon replay of the goal, it appears the puck might have gone off of the Caps’ Joel Ward or maybe even the Islanders’ Johnny Boychuk.

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I love Joe Beninati‘s play-by-play. In fact, I may be his biggest fan. But during Tom Wilson’s crushing hit of Lubomir Visnovsky on Tuesday, the Caps needed someone else in the booth– someone experienced at describing pure carnage.

That man: former WWE commentator Jim Ross.

Since good ol’ J.R. couldn’t be at Nassau Coliseum last night, RMNB reader Sarah Waters was gracious enough to splice some of his classic commentary over Willy Baby’s big body check. Enjoy.

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Caps Universe Celebrates the Overtime Winner (Video)


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Where were you when the Washington Capitals defeated the New York Islanders 11 minutes into overtime?

Some of us were at home. Some were at Verizon Center. Some of us were being pelted in the side of the head by beer at Nasseau Coliseum. Some were preparing for postgame coverage.

The Caps and their fans were scattered but united in celebration. Follow me around the world.

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Brooks Orpik Hit with Beer Cup After Caps Win (Video)

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You’re supposed to wait until you’re in the dressing room to start crushing beers, but I like Brooks Orpik’s enthusiasm here.

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The Washington Capitals’ loss to the New York Islanders Sunday afternoon, just 15 seconds into overtime of game three, was excruciating. One group of fans happened to capture their agony on video, and have shared their priceless results with the world.

Brett, Sean, and John had nearly destroyed their Fairfax, Va., basement celebrating Nicklas Backstrom‘s game-tying goal in the third period. During intermission they set up a webcam in the hopes of capturing an even more crazed reaction if the Caps could pull out an overtime win. Instead, they watched John Tavares chip a loose puck past Braden Holtby to give the Islanders a 2-1 series lead.

In the video below, you’ll see a broad range of reactions that perfectly encapsulate what it’s like to watch your favorite team lose an important playoff game.

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If you’re a child, please X this post out and ask mommy or daddy to explain what he said.

After the game, Cal Clutterbuck noticed NBC’s cameras were on him, so he uttered some nasty words for Alex Ovechkin.

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In recent years, as the Capitals began to falter and the Wizards and Nationals rose to playoff status, the crowds at Verizon Center slowly shrank. Though the team announced its 264th consecutive sellout after game two, there have often been large swatches of empty purple seats in the last few years.

Now, the Caps are back in the playoffs. They have a new coach, a new mentality, and are confident that they can finally bring a Stanley Cup to Washington.

With the resurgence of the team, the fans have come back. On this Friday night, the crowd brought back memories of late-game Sergei Fedorov goals and the hope and promise of the electric, run and gun Caps. At one point during game two, the decibel level reached 112. For a lot of the night, the numbers were over 100, nearly breaching the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s permissible noise level exposure limits.

The Rock the Red spirit is back and it’s pushing the Capitals forward. The team knows it. Here’s what they said after the game.

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Wes Johnson’s Epic Unleash The Fury (Video)


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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