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Noted goon Marcus Johansson is at it again — wait, wrong Swede. What I meant to say was: Andre Burakovsky, the team’s player with the most penalty minutes — no, that’s not right either…

Oh. Tom Wilson and Michael Latta, penalty-box regulars, have been doing some very important work at practice recently: teaching their skill forwards how to fight. Playoff hockey is right around the corner, and even though fighting is discouraged, a player has to be ready for anything.

Unfortunately, it does not appear as if the skill forwards wanted to learn.

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Graphic by Amanda Bowen

Tuesday, Tom Wilson turned 22 years old. Willy Baby got a million well wishes online by Caps fans but it was three special wishes I want to point you to. They were from Wilson’s roommate Michael Latta (2) and Andre Burakovsky.

Latta called Wilson a lot of things I’m guessing he’s not and Burakovsky brought out the old #brobeans hashtag.

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Andre Burakovsky Signs a Box of Macaroni and Cheese

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There’s just something about hockey players and processed food.

On a beautiful Wednesday evening during an autograph signing at Collectible Heroes in Fair Oaks Mall, Andre Burakovsky was casually signing pucks and jerseys, as one does, but was surprised with two boxes of macaroni and cheese to autograph.

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Two weeks ago when Brooks Laich was traded to Toronto, the Caps lost a man who filled many roles. Laich was a solid contributor from the fourth line and penalty kill. He also was the man who cleaned up the pucks during warm-ups.

Well there’s a new guy in charge of that Very Important Role: Andre Burakovsky.

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The Washington Capitals have won 47 of their first 63 games. Their 98 standings points are most in the NHL. The second place team, the Chicago Blackhawks, trail the Caps by 13 points. All year, the Caps have exhibited a razor-sharp focus.

But they’ve also managed to keep things fun and light when necessary. Earlier this week, long-time Capital Brooks Laich and prospect defenseman Connor Carrick were traded away to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Andre Burakovsky helped keep the boys’ spirits up.

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Monday was the NHL’s deadline for trades. Instead of being cooped up inside biting their fingernails and sweating about their futures, Tom Wilson and Andre Burakovsky went golfing.

“Golf in February,” Burakovsky wrote on Instagram. “Not bad #quick9 ☀️⛳️”

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Friday night against the Wild, the Capitals gave away Holtbeast figurines to everyone in attendance. The action figure barely resembles Holtby, a point Holtbeast pointed out to the media, but that didn’t stop his teammates from having fun with it.

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As Peter so eloquently put it in the recap, the Washington Capitals had their garbage game tonight. But here’s where I’m going to blow your mind: the Caps still almost came back. They outshot the Habs 36-34 and were inches from tying the score.

There were a few good moments late in the game. Dmitry Orlov’s sixth SCOARLOV of the year was a sick snipe. Andre Burakovsky’s goal, which brought the Caps to within one, was also a gem.

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The Washington Capitals are a very good hockey team. One of the reasons why they’re so dangerous is their secondary scoring, especially lately.

Andre Burakovsky has eight goals in his last ten games; Justin Williams has 18 goals on the season and is the Caps’ fourth leading scorer (39 points); and Evgeny Kuznetsov has been the Caps offensive MVP, leading the team in total points (57) and the entire NHL in primary assists (33). With the game tied 1-1 and 2:30 left in the third period, the trio got their lunch pails out and scored an ugly goal to win the game.

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After a brutal first half of the season, Andre Burakovsky seems to have finally gotten his mojo back (pun intended).

In the second period, the Burracuda scored his 12th goal of the season, after a beautiful slap pass from Caps defenseman Dmitry Orlov.

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