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Late in the second period, Tom Wilson and Brandon McMillan got into a heated shoving match. This wasn’t an ordinary scrum after the whistle. Wilson laughed at McMillan, then they exchanged facewashes until Wilson swung him around like a rag doll. They even put their foreheads together like they were The Rock and Triple HHH about to exchange chair shots.

This is some next-level antagonism.

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The Ovi Movember stache begins.

During Wednesday’s loss on national TV, much was made of Alex Ovechkin‘s five-game pointless streak. It was the first time in his career he’s ever done so (which is amazing if you think about it), and he was filleted by NBCSN after the game for his lack of leadership, selfishness, etc.

Ovechkin tallied an assist on Saturday night. In the first period of Sunday, Ovechkin put up a goal and an assist against the Arizona Coyotes. The goal came on the power play, putting the Caps up 3-1.

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Washington Capitals prospect Caleb Herbert scored his first professional hat trick on Saturday. A few days after getting reassigned to ECHL South Carolina from Hershey, Herbert netted three goals as the Stingrays beat the Greenville Road Warriors 4-2.

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Seven minutes into the first period, Washington Capitals forward Tom “Big Stamos” Wilson began skating with Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin on the first line. It took just one shift with the superstars for Wilson to score his first goal of the season, responding to an Arizona Coyotes power play tally 49 seconds earlier.

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Alex Ovechkin Almost Scores From His Knees (GIF)

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Some of the greatest plays of Alex Ovechkin‘s career have come when he’s not even on his skates. There was The Goal, when he scored on the Coyotes while doing a barrel roll in the slot. Then there was that one time he almost scored against the Rangers while sitting on his bum.

Against the Lightning on Saturday, Ovechkin passed the puck to himself and got a semi-breakaway. He fell over, but that’s no reason not to get a shot on goal.

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Early in the first period, Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik hit Vladislav Namestnikov hard into the side boards. As Namestnikov received a pass, he turned towards the Caps bench and was railed head-first into the boards.

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Washington Capitals rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov has had an uneven season thus far. He’s spent most of his time on the team’s fourth line, learning the center position as he goes. He’s also seen a bunch of time on the team’s second power play unit.

On Wednesday, after tallying three points in his first eight games, Kuznetsov finally broke through for his first goal of the season.

It was a beauty. And it was all because of Braden Holtby.

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Midway through the first period, Braden Holtby went behind the net to play a dump in. After he chipped the puck to Caps defenseman Matt Niskanen, Holtby skated back to the crease. And that’s when things went terribly, terribly wrong.

Holtby’s skate blade got caught in a rut on the ice and fell over. It was not graceful.

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Jason Chimera’s Grotesquely Broken Nose

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Washington Capitals forward Jason Chimera went for a big offensive zone hit on Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith. Smith however, noticed the hard-charging Chimera coming and leaned into him with his shoulder. Chimmer fell over hard, then made his way to the bench.

When NBCSN cameras caught him with trainer Greg Smith, we were met with the most brokenest nose in the history of broken noses.

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“I must nuzzle you.”

The Capitals Dog Calendar photoshoot is the gift that keeps on giving. We’ve brought you photos, 35 even cuter photos, and puppy selfies. Now: GIFs!

On Tuesday night, the Caps released their own video summarizing the event and we learned some of the calendar’s backstory. Carmen Brouwer and Mandy Alzner, owners of multiple cute puppies themselves, came up with the idea several years ago.

“It was just an idea we had,” Brouwer said. “We thought we could be more involved in the community. This is our third calendar. The first year we outsourced the photography, but now we have Mrs. Green and she can do the photography for us.”

Yes, Mike Green’s wife, Courtney Parrie, took the photos for the calendar. She is an accomplished photographer.

The calendars will be put on sale December 2nd at the Verizon Center team store, the MSE Foundation table at section 104, and Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

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