Last November, former Swedish Idol judge and hockey/media guy Daniel Breitholtz did a bit where Nicklas Backstrom literally tattooed his arm at a DC tattoo parlor for a video on Aftonbladet, Sweden’s biggest newspaper. For their next trick, Backstrom and Breitholtz teamed up to mess with Caps’ Swedes Marcus Johansson and Andre Burakovsky.

The prank was pretty basic. Host Daniel Breitholtz is supposed to conduct a serious interview with Johansson and Burakovsky. But what they don’t know is Breitholtz is getting all of the questions from Caps center Nicklas Backstrom through his earpiece. Once Marcus is let in on the prank, they team up to continue the fun against a very confused Burakovsky.

There’s a reference to Swedes on bikes.

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Andre Burakovsky Goes to NWHL Game in Buffalo


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Caps forward Andre Burakovsky showed some love to the National Women’s Hockey League Sunday night. On his time off, the Burracuda went to HarborCenter to watch the Buffalo Beauts take on the New York Riveters. The Capitals arrived in Buffalo Sunday afternoon, a day early ahead of their game against the Sabres Monday night.

The Riveters won 7-3.

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Way back in November, Sportsnet highlighted the Capitals’ pregame routine, which included a lot of dancing and gyrating. Since then, the Capitals have kept winning and the pregame routine has kept getting weirder.

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Last night before the Capitals took on the New York Rangers, Caps Swedes Marcus Johansson and Andre Burakovsky tried to get loose by throwing around a football in the bowels of Madison Square Garden. Johansson showed off a tight spiral.

Then Burakovsky threw.

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A little old lady almost paid the ultimate price for a show of bravado between Caps forwards Brooks Laich and Nicklas Backstrom when they raced each other up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial last month.

Let me set the scene: Earlier in November, some Caps fans bid on the opportunity to tour the nation’s capital with Caps players on Segways. That tour happened on November 22 when Laich, Backstrom, Andre Burakovsky, and Marcus Johansson set out to cause a ruckus while trying to avoid any career-threatening injuries.

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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