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1/17 Update: Renaud Lavoie reports that Perreault’s arm was not fractured “but he’s injured.”

After scoring four goals in a single game earlier this week, Mathieu Perreault might just have had his season ended by Daniel Carcillo on Friday. In the waning seconds of the second period, Perreault slashed Duncan Keith’s stick out of his hands. Carcillo responded by cross-checking Perry from behind in the middle of the arm. Perreault’s arm appears to have been injured significantly.

Warning: This video is graphic and will make you feel very sad.

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For a decade and a half, Barry Trotz WAS the Nashville Predators. He was the team’s first coach, bringing hockey to Music City and (possibly apocryphally) naming the team.

When Trotz came back to town for the first time, this time as coach of the Capitals, you just knew Nashville would welcome him with a big gesture. He’s that important to the city.

Early in the first period, the Predators debuted this touching video. The organization also thanked assistant coaches Lane Lambert and Mitch Korn.

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NBCSN employs some of the most talented video people in the world. That’s why I need to show you this insane Vine featuring two-dimensional Alex Ovechkin trying to maim 2D Claude Giroux with a lightsaber. NBCSN made this to promote their national Wednesday Rivalry Night game between the Caps and Flyers.

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Teeny tiny center Mathieu Perreault was one hell of a player when he was in Washington. Despite never getting more than a passing look in the top-six, Perreault owned the puck, sporting a positive possession score every year he was in DC. Instead of getting a permanent role, general manager George McPhee dumped Perreault to Anaheim so that he could make room for Tom Wilson on the fourth line last season.

Perreault blossomed. After a dominant year as Anaheim’s second-line center, Perreault brought his #PerryCellys to Winnipeg, signing there as a free agent. Now he’s one of their most productive players, driving 55.1 percent of shot attempts and 51.2 percent of goals in the team’s favor. On Tuesday night, Perreault had the biggest game of his career (minus that one time he scored with his tongue).

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Alex Ovechkin is making it rain goals. He’s got a five-game goal streak going. Lately, hockey’s just been easy for him.

Tonight’s blast on the power play continued the Russian machine’s hotness. The ping sounded like he played the slots and hit all sevens.

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Halifax, Nova Scotia native Liam O’Brien was the biggest surprise of Capitals training camp this season. The scrappy fourth-line forward received a jersey on opening night and managed to play in 13 NHL games for the team through the season’s first two months. He even scored his first NHL goal and became beloved by fans for wagging his tongue. While his fairytale story has been compelling I’ve been fascinated with something different entirely: O’Brien’s resemblance to two-time WWE champion, Sheamus (see here, here, and here).

O’Brien must have seen this because he dressed up like the “The Celtic Warrior” over the weekend in Hershey. Goodness, this is the most amazing hockey/wrestling-themed thing I’ve ever seen.

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On Monday night, the 2015 World Junior Championship final was held between Canada and Russia, and it was one a hell of a game. After going up 5-1, Canada gave up 3 unanswered goals to Russia in the second period. In the third, Canada bent but didn’t break, holding on until the final buzzer to win 5-4.

The chirping between Caps players was fast and furious on Twitter during the final, though mostly between roommates Tom Wilson and Michael Latta.

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Braden Holtby made a simple stop during a Panthers power play early in the third period, but he couldn’t find where the puck went afterwards. It was lost somewhere in his pads.

“Look, I can make it disappear!” CSN’s Joe Beninati joked. “He might find it in the shower an hour later.”

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Alex Ovechkin followed up his Winter Classic tally with a power-play goal against the Panthers on Sunday, his eighth of the season and 19th goal overall. It was all made possible because of a beautiful pass by Nicklas Backstrom.

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When news broke that the Capitals asked the US Army Chorus sing the national anthem, some wondered if it was potentially a cost-cutting move. In previous Winter Classics, famous, Grammy award-winning musicians have sung the Star Spangled Banner, including the Zac Brown Band last year and Patti LeBelle in 2012.

Instead, Caps anthem singers Master Sergeant Bob McDonald and Master Sergeant Caleb Green combined with Caps PA Announcer Wes Johnson to author one of the most beautiful pregame ceremonies and anthem singings I’ve ever seen. In fact, the whole thing was so dang perfect and well-done, I found myself overwhelmed. I sobbed by the end of it.

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