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Alex Ovechkin delivers a bunch of hits on a nightly basis. He ranks in the NHL’s top five– along with Caps defenseman Brooks Orpik.

In the first period against the Flyers, Ovechkin lowered the boom on Nick Schultz. No big. We’ve seen him check a million guys before.

This time though, Ovi hit a defenseman so hard that the plastic camera covering affixed to the boards fell off.

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The Caps’ fourth line, who had been irritating Colorado all night, drew a big penalty late in the second period. After Tom Wilson drove to the crease, Semyon Varlmov threw a left cross that hit the Toronto native square in the face.

Not really though. Varly got all face shield. Great acting job by Willy Baby.

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UPDATE, January 12, 10:40 AM. Schmidt has a fracture in his shoulder blade and will miss 6-8 weeks.

Washington Capitals defenseman Nate Schmidt is just a ball of positive energy regardless of the Schmiduation. After only playing in two NHL games since December 18th (despite having the second best possession numbers among all Caps defensemen), head coach Barry Trotz sent Schmidt down to Hershey to get in some work over the weekend.

On Saturday, Schmidt nearly scored a hat trick. Then, on Sunday, the 23-year-old defenseman got injured (the severity is still unknown) after taking a run from Admirals forward Chris Wagner.

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We’re often treated to concourse footage during home games on CSN Washington. On Saturday, during the second intermission, a mom and a dad held their adorable baby and waved. The baby was, naturally, wearing oversized pink headphones and a teeny tiny vintage Caps jersey. It’s adorable, you see.

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John Carlson Scores a Birthday Goal (GIF)

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Not-All-Star John Carlson scored a super-smart goal tonight. As the Caps skated into the Red Wings zone, Carlson joined the rush as his defender trailed the play.

Talented rookie Andre Burakovsky hit Carlson with a pass right into his wheelhouse. Carlson unleashed a one-timer low along the ice to beat Petr Mrazek five-hole.

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Troy Brouwer scored a goal in the first minute of Saturday’s game against the Red Wings, but whatever celebration there was ended quickly once Jimmy Howard‘s injury became apparent.

Howard stopped a dump-in behind the net and left it for a teammate. Instead, Brouwer snatched the puck and scored on a wraparound.

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Washington Capitals forward Troy Brouwer is a man’s man. He’s gruff and beard-y. He’s a little like the Ron Swanson character in real life (except super nice). That’s why, when the Brouwer Pouwer leader was introduced as a “hero” at Friday’s Washington Wizards game, you could tell it made him a little uncomfortable.

Or maybe that’s just because they decided to trot him out with the team’s furry blue mascot G-Wiz and the mascot started talking to him while under the suit. I’m still not sure which.

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Just put some toilet paper on it like you cut yourself shaving.

Hockey injuries are common. Cuts, scratches, lost teeth, and even arterial sprays are rather commonplace for pro players. Less so for coaches, but poor Barry Trotz bled for his team on Thursday.

Marcus Johansson bopped Trotz in the noggin following a hit with Luke Schenn in front of the Caps bench.

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Earlier in the evening, I noticed that Evgeny Kuznetsov was playing with more confidence. In the third period, Kuzy went from confident to downright cocky, as he passed a puck to Joel Ward through his legs.

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We’ve been through this. Alex Ovechkin is half man, half machine. Hence: our blog name. Yet, in the highlights below, Dion Phaneuf thought it was a good idea to slash Ovechkin after the whistle.

No. It was not.

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