Photo: Rob Carr

After being a healthy scratch for the past two games, Andre Burakovsky returned to the lineup Wednesday night against the Winnipeg Jets. Burakovsky hasn’t quite looked himself so far in 2015-16. His return to the lineup was somewhat unremarkable, as is to be expected if he continues to play with Jay Beagle and Jason Chimera.

Considering Burakovsky is not being deployed with teammates who will best maximize his skills, it will be important that he avoid any “big mistakes” that draw the ire of his coach. On Wednesday, he’s lucky that the Jets didn’t score on a 2-on-1 that was largely his responsibility, or else this mistake could stand out much more to Barry Trotz.

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TJ Oshie Almost Decapitates Andre Burakovsky


“My bad.”

Every now and then, we’re reminded hockey’s a dangerous sport. Like in the second period of Friday’s Caps-Jackets matchup when a puck hit the Verizon Center jumbotron and part of the screen fell off. Then later in the game, TJ Oshie accidentally wrangled down Andre Burakovsky by the neck with his stick.

That was scary, but Oshie and Burakovsky joked about it later.

“He’s fine, he’s fine,” Oshie told RMNB’s Chris Gordon of Burakovsky. “He was laughing about it after the period.”

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RMNB Presents The Brobeans T-Shirt


Back at the start of the season, we learned a wonderful thing about then-roommates Andre Burakovsky, Tom Wilson, and Michael Latta.

Andre’s nickname for his friends/teammates is “brobeans.”

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The Caps are even with the the Flames at the end of the first period thanks to this monster play by Evgeny Kuznetsov and Andre Burakovsky.

This is nuts.

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After three long games, Nicklas Backstrom will return to the lineup after his hip surgery in late may. Last year’s NHL leader in assists will play on the second line alongside Marcus Johansson and Justin Williams. He was cleared for contact by his doctor on Monday.

“We actually decided this a couple of days ago,” Backstrom said Saturday. “I’ve been feeling good and no setbacks. I feel like I’ve been trying my best to get back as fast as possible with no rush. It’s been working out well. Hopefully, it’s gonna be a good one tonight.” Continue Reading


Photos: Amanda Bowen

On Tuesday afternoon, the Capitals celebrated all twelve months of the year with Homeward Trails’ Animal Rescue dogs for the 2015-16 Caps Canine Calendar. Each month had its own silly theme based on a season or holiday, with the players and dogs dressed accordingly.

Here’s a quick preview: Caps roomies Tom Wilson and Michael Latta celebrated Valentine’s Day by putting roses in their mouth for February; Braden Holtby wore a sombrero and poncho for Cinco de Mayo; and Karl Alzner dressed in a skin-tight skeleton costume with his dogs for Halloween in October.

January models Andre Burakovsky and Marcus Johansson had problems. By the time the photographer was ready for them, the puppies they were carrying fell asleep in their arms. Adorable, but improvisation was needed. The New Years theme became “falling asleep before midnight.” After two rounds of throwing balloons, the crew tried popping confetti champagne bottles that startled the two pups awake in the middle of the take. The Swedes handled it well: with many puppy kisses.

After the main sets, the photographer did sessions with the player families that wanted their own set of photos. #SquadGoals.

Prepare yourself for enormous amounts of adorable. We can’t wait to buy this calendar.

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Photo: Katie Brown

On Sunday, RMNB’s Chris Gordon asked 20-year-old center Andre Burakovsky why he moved out of Tom Wilson and Michael Latta’s bachelor pad.

“I’m getting older and more mature,” Burakovsky said.

On Monday, Burakovsky showed off this newfound sophistication by putting Philipp Grubauer’s mask on in the locker room.

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In July 2013, Andre Burakovsky, an 18-year-old Swede drafted earlier that year, joined the Capitals for the first time during the team’s annual development camp. Burakovsky, with his tenuous command of English and an unfamiliarity with peanut butter, was placed in the care of Tom Wilson to adjust to North America.

When Burakovsky made the Capitals roster full time at the end of last year, he went right back to Wilson, staying with the bruising Canadian forward and his roommate, center Michael Latta. While Wilson and Latta are inseparable, even during the offseason, they took time to take Burakovsky under their wing. The trio’s exploits provided continuous amusement to Caps fans with Twitter or Instagram accounts. That time, however, has come to an end.

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The Washington Capitals traveled to Montreal tonight to play their third preseason game of the year. It wasn’t on local TV, but Twitter has us covered.

Caps captain Alex Ovechkin and new first-line right wing TJ Oshie scored their first preseason goals after two stunning plays. Oshie also scored on his backhand in the shootout, giving the Caps a 4-3 win.

On top of that, Burakovsky scored, Alex Semin did something weird again, and Oshie even got in a minor scrap.

You gotta see these highlights.

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Photo: Amanda Bowen

While Andre Burakovsky was one of the team’s top possession wingers last year, he will begin the preseason at center – just like he did as a rookie. Last season, Burakovsky tallied 12 points in his first 15 games, most of which he spent up the middle.

“I’m going to start at center,” Burakovsky said to’s Katie Brown after his on-ice session Saturday. “I’ve been practicing at center, I was at center today, and it felt good. I have some chemistry with [Marcus Johansson] and [Garrett Mitchell]. It felt good out there. It’s a lot more responsibility but it felt good.”

With Nicklas Backstrom slated to potentially miss the entire month of October recovering from hip surgery, Evgeny Kuznetsov is the most likely candidate to move up and center fellow countryman Alex Ovechkin. That will leave Burakovsky, Brooks Laich, Jay Beagle, Michael Latta, and Derek Roy all battling it out to center the team’s other three lines.

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