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Ex-Capitals teammates Joel Ward and Troy Brouwer met in this year’s Western Conference Finals with their new teams, the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues, respectively. Ward, clutch af as always, got the best of the matchup with four big goals in Games Five and Six.

In the handshake line after the Shark’s series victory, Ward and Brouwer shared a tender moment.

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Philipp Grubauer: 2015-16 Season Review

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2015-16 marked Philipp Grubauer’s first season as a bona fide NHL goaltender. Last season, Grubauer played almost exclusively in the AHL, appearing in just one game for the Caps. Yet, his strong performance in both leagues, coupled with Justin Peters’ unsatisfactory play, set the stage for Grubauer to play second fiddle to Holtby. (This is a good thing.)

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Joel Ward is Going to the Stanley Cup Finals

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Nine days ago, Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan lamented the loss of Joel Ward during his season-ending press conference.

“I mean, you know, we miss Ward. Joel Ward — he’s the kind of guy we needed in the playoffs,” MacLellan said. “You know, you make changes, and he’s a guy that we wanted back and we didn’t get back. We missed that skill set.”

Wednesday night, the Big Cheese punched his ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals with his new team, the San Jose Sharks. And he was clutch af.

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After scoring 50 goals at age 30 and winning bronze at the World Championship, Alex Ovechkin is finally unwinding. Wednesday night, the Russian machine enjoyed a rare day off with his fiancée, Nastya Shubskaya, and close friend (and Russian rapper) T-Killah. “Caught by a fishing rod,” wrote Ovechkin on Instagram. In the picture, Ovechkin, smiling like a big nerd, wears a Capitals hat with “Stick to the Script” emblazoned on it.

I’m guessing this isn’t exactly what Barry Trotz had in mind with the slogan, but I love it.

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Tuesday night, deaf model Nyle DiMarco was crowned the Mirror Ball champion on the 22nd season of “Dancing with the Stars.” The Queens native won over viewers and judges with his mesmerizing ability to dance without hearing the music. The 27-year-old nabbed the trophy with the guidance of pro partner Peta Murgatroyd.

But let’s be honest, most of us don’t care about that.

What we do care about is former Capital Brooks Laich was in the audience in support of his fiancee, DWTS judge Julianne Hough. Laich was shown on live TV multiple times.

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Stan Galiev: 2015-16 Season Review

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Prior to the season, we looked at the fact that a player of Galiev’s age and minor-league production to date was unlikely to become a successful NHL player. Galiev did little to challenge what conventional wisdom should tell us, as his zero goals and three assists in 24 games leaves his future as an NHL player in question now as much as ever.

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Capitals defenseman Nate Schmidt has done many amazing things in his life. He made the Minnesota Golden Gophers hockey team in college and was named an All-WCHA First-Team All-Star in 2012-13.

Schmidt fulfilled a lifelong dream in making the NHL, playing his first career game on October 12, 2013. Schmidt has scored a NHL goal and played in the postseason. With his high-profile gig, Schmidt even got a free Tempurpedic pillow just for being him.

But on May 11, the highlight of Nate Schmidt’s life happened. Jimmy Fallon made fun of him on The Tonight Show.

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Lucca Carlson Stepped On The Capitals Logo

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John Carlson’s adorable son Lucca unwittingly committed a hockey no-no by crawling on the Washington Capitals’ logo in their weight room at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex Tuesday. “Trying to be a goalie????” wrote Papa Carlson in an Instagram post.

Like most teams, the Capitals have an unwritten rule forbidding anyone from stepping on their logo. The logo is roped off in the locker room throughout the season, but the same respect must be given during the summer – even on this slide board thing.

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Taylor Chorney: 2015-16 Season Review

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Say my name, say my name.

Actin’ kinds shady in callin’ me Titus/Tito/Theo/Thor etc

Say my name, say my name.

The name’s Chorney. Taylor Chorney. Over the last year we’ve all learned a few things about the man who this name belongs to:

  1. He’s a real person
  2. He’s an NHL player
  3. This guy we now call Chorns is a perfectly suitable seventh defenseman who can hold his own at the NHL level when called upon.

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Rest In Peace, Justin Williams’ Hair

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Photos: Amanda Bowen

When the Washington Capitals took their team photo in late March, we finally captured, in all its wild glory, Justin Williams’ beautiful and luxurious hair. Teased high into the air, Williams’ salad puffed out like Ogie Ogilthorpe’s in Slapshot.

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