Evgeny Kuznetsov’s Favorite Musician is Lady Gaga


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The Washington Capitals organization gives out a program during games called “Breakaway.” Inside, it features various Caps players and their various (potentially embarrassing) survey answers. Kuzy, I’m sure, loves the surveys (Ian really enjoys that Vine), and some might even say he has a bad romance with them.

I learned a lot . . . maybe too much — such as Evgeny Kuznetsov‘s favorite musician being Lady Gaga. One can only imagine how excited he was to watch the singer perform the national anthem at Super Bowl 50. Let’s look at some other tidbits that thornescratch over on Tumblr provided us with.

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After the Caps’ 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, long-time RMNB reader Abbi F. shared with us a fun story from the game. Sunday was her 16th birthday so she decided to make a sign in the hopes she might get a puck. And to the surprise of no one, Tom Wilson came through in the clutch (even though he was forced to try multiple times).

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The New Jersey Devils began a week-long celebration to honor one of the greatest goaltenders of all-time, Martin Brodeur. On Saturday, Brodeur was the honoree in the Caps-Devils ceremonial faceoff. But instead of the two teams’ captains participating, Brodeur dropped the puck between starting goaltenders, Cory Schneider and Braden Holtby.

It was fun, awkward, and silly.

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We’ve said this before, but Braden Holtby is really good (even when he’s not actually playing in an actual hockey game). Against the Islanders on Thursday night, Holtby was tremendous, stopping 24 of 26 shots. His best save came in the third period on John Tavares, but we didn’t notice until NBCSN showed a slo-mo replay.

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With the Caps back from the all-star break, a third of the roster went on team-building event on Wednesday. Justin Williams, Braden Holtby, Marcus Johansson, Philipp Grubauer, Brooks Laich, Brooks Orpik, John Carlson, and Nicklas Backstrom braved a torrential downpour to take a private tour of The White House.

I’d give you more details, but the Caps didn’t share any. That’s okay; we’ve got social media.

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For those of you who missed the game Tuesday night (either by choice or because of NHL.TV’s constant crashing), consider yourself lucky. The league’s best team had their biggest stinker of the year. After falling behind 4-0, the Verizon Center crowd — and this is insane to me — booed the Caps as they headed into the locker room for the second intermission.

But if there was one man who brought his A-game, it was Braden Holtby. Despite being given the night off by Barry Trotz, the Holtbeast made, in my opinion, the biggest plays of the night.

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Editor’s note: Katie and Daniel recently welcomed a little bundle of joy into their lives in December, and they want to tell you about it.

I grew up in Northern Virginia. I’ve been a DC sports fan for as long as I can remember. My life revolved around the Redskins, Wizards, and the Caps and that will never change. My wife Katie, a Pittsburgh girl born and raised, and I met while in college.

While I’ve given it my best shot, I have never been able to change her mind when it comes to football, however hockey was surprisingly a blank slate. She would occasionally watch the Caps with me as I taught her the rules of the game and soon enough she was hooked, especially on the Caps.

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Thursday night against the Islanders, the Washington Capitals will be hosting Military Night at Verizon Center. The Caps will pay tribute to the military by wearing camouflage jerseys during warm-ups, which will be signed and auctioned off after the game. Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer will also be wearing specially designed masks. They both have a green, black, and white color scheme and have the Courage Caps logos on the side.

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Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby just competed in his first career NHL All-Star Game. The Holtbeast stopped eight of ten shots in the Metropolitan Divison’s first and only game, surrendering goals to Aaron Ekblad and future hall of famer Jaromir Jagr.

The Metropolitan Division All-Stars lost 4-3, but after the game, Holtby seemed more concerned about what the crowd was shouting at him after fielding a loose puck.

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I’ll say this for the All-Star Game: it was entertaining. Just because the stakes were non-existent, the stretch passes were careless, and the skating was lackadaisical didn’t mean there was an absence of drama. Quite the opposite. Just look at hero of the day John Scott. Or, for a Caps-specific angle, how about Braden Holtby vs Jaromir Jagr.

Twice in the first period, Holtby, franchise goalie for the league-leading Capitals, faced Jagr, 43-year-old freak of nature and the single biggest agitator of the Caps since the early 1990s, twice in the first period.

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