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Evgeny Kuznetsov continued his fantastic year Saturday night as the Capitals topped the Colorado Avalanche 7-3 in a wild game at Verizon Center. The Russian dynamo had two assists and a goal for his fourth career three point game.

“It just looks easy,” Kuznetsov said after the offensive onslaught was over. “It’s not easy to play against these guys. This team is dangerous team.”

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Mike Green Scores First Goal with Detroit Red Wings

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On Friday night, a player by the name of Mike Green scored his first goal with the Detroit Red Wings. He did not use an Easton Stealth CNT stick.

Early in the second period against the Pacific Division leading Kings, Green snapped a 1-1 tie by skating into the slot to collect a rebound and firing the puck past Jhonas Enroth. It was typical aggressive Mike Green hockey. After the tally, Green broke into a smile before being hugged by his teammates, who are not Washington Capitals. Green had spent his entire 10-year career with the Caps before signing a three-year, $18-million deal with the Wings this offseason. Battling an injury for part of the season, he had previously six point in 13 games for Detroit.

“I’ve been kind of concentrating on trying to shoot the puck more and, you know, at least get something created,” Green told reporters after Detroit’s 3-2 victory. “So it felt good today.”

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After Evgeny Kuznetsov closed the coliseum for good, the Islanders moved from Uniondale to Brooklyn and the lovely but flawed Barclays Center. According to Nets Daily, only a quarter of the season-ticket holders at Nassau renewed in Brooklyn. The New York Times has called Brooklyn’s reception of the team a “mixed welcome.”

In a segment from the Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore, correspondent Mike Yard tries to learn hockey and introduce the Brooklyn community to (noted Ovi meanie) Cal Clutterbuck. The culture clash is eye opening and funny.

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The war of words between a pair of one-time Washington Capitals Young Guns is escalating ahead of tonight’s matchup between the Caps and the Detroit Red Wings.

Yesterday, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin told reporters he was “probably gonna slash” former Caps and current Red Wings defenseman Mike Green‘s beloved Easton Stealth CNT sticks. During his tenure with the Caps, fans rallied to supply Green with the discontinued twigs.

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Alex Ovechkin Eats Pie on Men in Blazers

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Alex Ovechkin ate pie on television. In his appearance on NBCSN’s brilliant soccer show, Men in Blazers, Ovechkin mugged for the camera and tried desperately to keep up with Michael and Roger’s pace of speech.

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Monday night, former Capitals Sergei Fedorov and Phil Housley were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Though the two legends only played a combined 211 games in Washington, they both played important roles on the team.

Through 2007-09, Fedorov mentored young Russians Alex Ovechkin and Alex Semin, while primarily centering the team’s second line. Feds also scored one of the biggest and most exciting goals in franchise history.

Meanwhile, Housley tallied 71 points in 141 games (1996-98). The Capitals made their only Stanley Cup Final appearance during Housley’s final season in Washington.

Fedorov and Housley join Adam Oates (2012), Dino Ciccarelli (2010), Scott Stevens (2007), Larry Murphy (2004), Rod Langway (2002), and Mike Gartner (2000) as the only other Capitals to be inducted to the Hall of Fame this century.

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On Saturday, the Capitals were on Hockey Night In Canada with the Toronto Maple Leafs in town. Rogers Communications, who have a 12-year, $5.2 billion agreement with the NHL, showed off their flashy production value all night. Example: when the Sportsnet crew focused their cameras on Alex Ovechkin coming out for warm-ups.

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The Capitals would not be denied two points Saturday night. Minutes after Alex Ovechkin’s game-tying goal was washed out due to a questionable goalie interference ruling, Nicklas Backstrom scored literally in the game’s final second to force overtime against the Leafs.

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The Capitals have so many skill players, they’re bound to score at least one pretty goal a game. It happened again Friday against the Blue Jackets.

As Braden Holtby chucked a dump in around the boards, the puck turned to flubber and took a fortunate bounce right onto Alex Ovechkin’s stick. The first line then held a passing clinic in the Columbus Blue Jackets offensive zone.

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