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Jason Chimera has been involved lately. He’s been scoring goals and playing an angrier, grittier game. That continued against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night. As Tyson Strachan and Mike Weber put a cheap shot the Caps forward in the corner, Weber pulled Chimera’s jersey over his head and started throwing jabs.

The headless Chimera actually landed three punches while blind.

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Alex Ovechkin just scored his 44th goal of the season. It came during the power play from, oh c’mon, you know where. But, this time, instead of overpowering Matt Hackett with his heavy shot, Ovechkin waited until the birthday-celebrating goaltender flinched and then sent a deceptive shot to the five hole. Hackett must have have thought it was a pass to Marcus Johansson.

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Tom Wilson is talented at checking multiple people at the same time. A few weeks ago, he hit the Islanders’ Travis Hamonic and knocked over teammate Jason Chimera too. Tonight, he teamed up with Brooks Laich to wallop Matt Dumba. As per tradition, Laich fell over.

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Curtis Glencross just nabbed his first point as a Washington Capital, a power-play goal against the Minnesota Wild. Glencross reeled in a pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov and beat Devan Dubnyk top-shelf, which is  where mama hides the cookies.

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With all the sweating under those helmets, hockey players’ hair understandably gets a little crazy after practices and games. Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has found a way to hide this as best he can during interviews: hats.

On Sunday, Ovechkin added a beanie to his repertoire. After the Capitals’ 4-0 over Toronto, Ovechkin wore it all wrong.

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Alex Ovechkin has four goals in his last two games, which included the game-winning goal Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. In the first period, Ovechkin scored a greasy goal, tipping a Brooks Orpik shot past Sergei Bobrovsky. In the third period, Ovechkin scored again after firing two consecutive shots within seconds from The Ovi Spot.

After Ovechkin missed the net on his first attempt, Backstrom regained the puck along the boards and tossed a perfect pass into the Russian machine’s wheel house. Ovi’s quick shot baffled Bobrovsky.

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Washington Capitals checking-line center Michael Latta is questionable to return after a check from behind by Columbus enforcer Jared Boll.

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Hockey fights happen in every game, but this do-si-do was weird.

Troy Brouwer and Cody Goloubef exchanged angry shoves in neutral, then they dropped the gloves.

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Thirty-three seconds into Sunday’s game, Alex Ovechkin scored his 40th goal of the season and his 462nd career goal. It’s the seventh time Ovi’s done that in his ten NHL seasons.

Naturally, this was deserving of a celebration.

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Braden Holtby was fantastic for the Washington Capitals on Saturday, making 32 stops in the team’s 3-2 shootout victory over the New York Islanders. Unfortunately, we can’t award him with the save of the game. That honor goes to Eric Fehr‘s stick.

No, not Eric Fehr, silly. Eric Fehr’s magical hockey stick.

In the third period, as John Tavares tried to bang home the game-tying goal with 1:04 left, he clanged the puck hard off the post. The puck ricocheted high into the air where a falling Fehr lost control of his hockey stick. Instead of falling to the ice like a normal hockey stick would, Fehr’s twig decided hey, lemme just make this save for Holtby while I’m up here.

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