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Tom Wilson’s Big Hit On Colin McDonald (GIF)

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Wilson’s blurry because he’s traveling at a very high rate of speed.

The last time Washington Capitals rookie Tom Wilson played the New York Islanders, the big, bruising forward showed off his soft hands, scoring his first NHL point (from his tush) and his first NHL goal.

Saturday night, Wilson showed off another part of his game to the Islanders: his physicality. Ten minutes into the first period, the 6’4” Wilson leveled the 6’2”, 215-pound Colin McDonald, smearing him into the boards.

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Braden Holtby and Alzner celebrate a shootout victory. (Photo credit: Jonathan Kozub)

Braden Holtby and Alzner celebrate a shootout victory. (Photo credit: Jonathan Kozub)

When Mathieu Perreault was traded to the Anaheim Ducks, the Caps lost more than a talented forward. Perreault was the terrier puppy of the Washington Capitals: small, frantic, usually bouncing with joy. His post-game celebrations became A Thing. But Perreault wasn’t the one who came up with the idea. It was his buddy Karl Alzner, who was inspired by YouTube videos of Seton Hall basketball player Peter Dill. Though they both made up elaborate rituals, it was Perreault who got all the attention. So, after a while, Karl stopped trying.

“I was like ‘Man, that’d be awesome if we did that!’” the mustachioed defenseman told me Wednesday. “I said, ‘Perry, you gotta watch this! It’d be awesome if we did this after a win’” Next game, it went to a shootout. He did it, I did it, and his got a ton of attention.”

This year, though, Perreault is gone and the Capitals have won a spade of games in the shootout. Therefore, it’s been up Alzner to carry the torch. His repertoire is more advanced than Perreault’s, with Alzner featuring distinct celebrations this year: Bow and Arrow, Thor’s Hammer, and the Hulk Hogan.

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A few weeks ago after the Washington Capitals beat the Winnipeg Jets in the shootout, Karl Alzner picked up where Mathieu Perreault left off and celebrated the win by doing some air archery on the bench. We called it an #AlzyCelly and begged you guys to give Alzner some love on Twitter so that he’d continue with the tradition (unlike last year). Well, it appears your guys’ hard work has paid off, because after the Caps shootout win against the Florida Panthers Saturday, Alzner took his stick and slammed it on the bench like it was Thor’s Hammer. We present to you #AlzyCelly number two!

If only the Comcast logo wouldn’t have popped up. Terrible timing! Still this is amazing.

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RMNB Readers Share Their Caps-Themed Costumes and Pumpkins

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Awww. Here are @jlbugher‘s kids as Ovi and a Red Rocker.

Happy Halloween, RMNBers! Since you’ll likely be chomping into arsenic-laced Snickers and razor-blade candy apples tonight, it’s probably best if you peruse all the Caps-themed jack-o-lanterns and costumes now. Like every year, we asked you to send us photos of your soween-styled Halloween doo-dads, and like every year, you guys responded splendidly.

Please have a safe and happy night while celebrating death and decay.

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Last season, Mathieu Perreault made Washington Capitals shootout victories a bit more memorable with his bench freak-outs, which we dubbed the #PerryCelly. It became A Thing. A bit less known, however, was the knowledge the whole #PerryCelly thing came about because of Karl Alzner.

One night, Alzner and Perreault were watching the YouTubes, as humans are like to do. They came across Peter Dill, a basketball player for Seton Hall. Dill was not very good– he tallied just a single basket in two years playing for the school– but boy did he get excited when his team scored.

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Three days after he was traded by the Washington Capitals, Mathieu Perreault made his debut for the Anaheim Ducks. He centered Anaheim’s second line and skated with young stud Jakob Silfverberg and future hall-of-famer Teemu Selanne, so maybe no more feeling sorry for him.

Perreault’s performance was about as good as it could be in a lopsided 6-1 loss in which your papa bear head coach got assaulted by a pane of glass.

In 15:14 of ice time, the tiny French-Canadian won 13 of 16 face-offs (81%), had one hit, and created a bunch of chances. He wore #22 (looks so weird) and got a hair cut.

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As of midnight on Tuesday morning, the federal government has been shut down. Congress has failed to pass a budget or continuing resolution to fund the government for the immediate future. As a result, non-essential government employees, of which there are many in the area, are furloughed: no work, no pay. Seeing as the shutdown also fell upon the first day of the season, we wanted to check in on all those furloughed Caps fans across DMV.

Emails poured in expressing a range of emotions– frustration, sadness, and even feelings not directly related to Mathieu Perreault. Below is a representative sample of what we’ve heard, but please share your own story in the comments below.

Here’s hoping all of our friends get back to work soon. Kind of a bummer way to kick off what should be an exciting new season.

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Mathieu Perreault Traded to Anaheim Ducks

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Mike Vogel has reported that Mathieu Perreault has been traded to the Anaheim Ducks. The Caps will receive Anaheim’s fourth-round pick in 2014 and minor-league LW John Mitchell.

Perreault was consistently among the Washington Capitals’ best possession players. He was an excellent passer. He was the team’s best celebrator. He didn’t know he was tiny. One time– in a big game against the Bruins– and without Ovechkin in the lineup— Perreault scored a hat trick. WITH HIS FACE.

Matty Perreault is a plucky little French Canadian sumbitch, and Bruce Boudreau’s Anaheim Ducks will be better for having him.

(Note: Perreault and his celebrations were going to be today’s countdown post. I guess we’ll just skip that now.)

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My Favorite RMNB Moments of 2012-13

petercellyThe way the Caps got bounced from the playoffs was not very pleasant, but watching how they got there was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life as a sports fan. In the spirit of gratitude, I thought I’d share my favorite moments of the season– on and off the ice.

Note: This summer we’ve been working on adding new kinds of stories to RMNB. This video is just one example of that. We’ll be experimenting with more video and other exciting stuff soon. It’s a big step for us, and we appreciate any feedback you have. Also, go ahead and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Thanks!

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Tom Wilson isn’t shy on the ice. According to hockeyfights.com, he’s dropped the gloves 23 times in junior. He’s broken his knuckles twice.  He even earned the nickname The Ten Train because his brutal hits always arrive on time.

After the second day of Caps Development Camp, Wilson was asked if anyone in the coaching staff requested before last year’s camp that he tone down his game. Wilson responded with a wry smile and a chuckle. “I don’t know,” he said. “I can’t really remember having that conversation. Yeah, there’s a couple guys that went down last year. That’s just the way I play. It’s not really going to change.”

Later, Wilson revealed how nastiness became a part of his game at an early age.

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