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Early Wednesday morning, former Capital Mike Green and his wife Courtney were celebrating the birth of their first child. Axel Rain Green was born at 5:45 AM. According to Courtney, Axel weighed 7.1 lbs and is 20.5 inches long.

The parents shared photos on social media.

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The lasting image of Game One should be TJ Oshie getting lovingly mauled by his teammates or a horde of Caps fans bursting out in song at Metro Center.

But there’s also this, so let’s talk about this. (Warning: Bad language below.)

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Lovejoy celebrates his goal (Photo: Rob Carr)

Capitals defensemen Dmitry Orlov went for the big hit, hoping to take Penguins center Nick Bonino out at the blue line. Instead, Orlov missed, colliding with Nate Schmidt. Bonino was left with an unfettered path to the net. He shot the puck on Braden Holtby before Ben Lovejoy cleaned up the rebound at the midway point of Game One on Thursday, tying the score at one.

Orlov, who, like Schmidt, is playing in his first postseason in the NHL, didn’t see the ice for the rest of the game, save for a brief 25-second shift early in the third period. He finished with less than six minutes of time on ice.

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Photo: Patrick Smith

Riding a trick of hats from TJ Oshie, the Caps grabbed a 1-0 series lead Thursday night with a 4-3 win over the Penguins in overtime. The game’s pace and intensity was noticeably up a notch over the Caps first round matchup against the Flyers. The Penguins are also obviously a more skilled opponents.

The most important thing is the Caps got the win. But there are things the team can improve upon moving forward. Some of the matchups gave the team fits and there were prolonged periods of the game where the Pens carried the play.

In the end, it was, objectively, a great hockey game and the Caps are up 1-0. Let’s take a look at the numbers 5-on-5 numbers from the game.

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Young Rising Sons and Game One Victory (RMNB Podcast)


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Right after the final goal horn went off on Thursday night, I chatted with Andy and Steve, two fervent Caps fans who also happen to be members of the band Young Rising Songs. We talked about the win, hockey, and rock and roll. It was fun chat and now you get to hear it.

The RMNB Podcast is on iTunes. Do us a solid and give us a positive rating if you like it.

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The Washington Capitals have lost 7 of 8 playoff match-ups all-time against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Late Thursday evening, TJ Oshie cut through all of that bad history and juju. Oshie scored a hat trick, which included the decisive goal in overtime, giving the Caps a 1-0 series lead over the Pens.

Naturally, Caps fans lost their shit.

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Earlier in the morning, Lyla Oshie kicked the crap out of a Penguins poster, throwing the Oshie family feet first into the Caps-Pens rivalry.

Later Thursday night, Lyla’s father TJ had the game of his life, scoring a hat trick and dramatically dispatching the Penguins with a wraparound. The goal was reviewed but stood up as the overtime game-winning goal.

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TJ Oshie’s Big Night! Caps beat Pens 4-3 (OT)!


Washington Capitals vs Pittsburgh Penguins for the first time since 2009, first time in the RMNB era. (Is that a thing? Can we say that?) We knew this series would be entertaining, but I don’t know if I was truly prepared for Game One being the seventy-minute, end-to-end, goal-filled, goat tornado that it was.

Scoring was opened with Swedish aplomb by prom king Andre Burakovsky, popping in a loose puck with a one-timer in the first period.

In the second, the Penguins struck back with two goals in 60 seconds: Ben Lovejoy’s goal after Orlov and Schmidt wrecked one another and Evgeni Malkin’s nifty top-shelf shot. Olli Maata’s blue-line giveaway freed TJ Oshie for a breakaway goal, tying the game at 2 after 40 minutes.

Oshie did it again in the third period, giving the Caps the lead with a backhander to Murray’s five hole, but Nick Bonino got a fortunate bounce off Schmidt’s stick to tie it again. That score got us to the end of #rego and into overtime.


Caps beat Pens 4-3 in overtime!

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The only reason Caps-Pens Game One went to overtime is because Alex Ovechkin didn’t finish off this golden chance set up for him by Nick Backstrom.

This pass is unbelievable.

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In the second period, Jay Beagle got Kris Letang’s stick stuck in his visor. For his next trick, Beags drew a tripping penalty on Phil Kessel by getting the Penguins forward’s blade stuck in his skate.

This is getting ridiculous.

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