Brooks Laich Hits PK Subban in the Junk (GIF)

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During a first-period power play, Brooks Laich battled with PK Subban for position in front of the Habs net. These types of little skirmishes happen all the time in hockey, but I’m writing today because Laich’s confrontation with Subban got particularly gruesome.

At one point, to clear Laich from the crease, Subban punched the Capital in the chest and knocked him over. Later, Laich got Subban back by pitchforking him in a sensitive spot. As Subban skated away, Laich performed an unscheduled inspection on Subban’s protective gear. Nutcracker.

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While Alex Ovechkin did not have his strongest showing in the Breakaway Challenge, he was awesome in the Hardest Shot competition. Ovechkin posted his fastest attempt ever, 101.4 MPH, which he accomplished twice.

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As we learned during the Winter Classic, any NHL footage authored by GoPro cameras is awesome. That’s why we’re happy to hear that the two companies have partnered up. Today, the NHL and GoPro simultaneously released a video showing some of the world’s best hockey players wearing the cameras and basically showing off. The footage is freaking incredible. Even the Sidney Crosby part, which is like the entire video.

Also, Alex Ovechkin‘s in it too for like two seconds. And he wags his tongue. Appropriate.

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Even though Evgeny Kuznetsov is goalless in his last 12 games and scoreless in his last seven, he’s been dangerous lately every time he’s had the puck on his stick. On Wednesday night, the Capitals’ debonair dangler deked Oilers goaltender Viktor Fasth onto his rear and scored a most beautiful shootout goal.

(Someone had to do some paralyzing since Matt Hendricks didn’t get an attempt.)

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When the Caps went on the power play in the second period, Braden Holtby showed off another part of his game that we adore: his offense. After an Oiler shot a puck on net, Holtby gloved the puck out of the air, threw it to the ice, and chucked a 110-foot pass to Troy Brouwer at the opposing blue line.

Dude wanted his seventh career assist.

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That black disc-like thing is the puck.

Alex Ovechkin scored again.

Twice actually. In the first period alone. The second one destroyed the net cam.

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The Capitals lost both games of their back-to-back this weekend, but Alex Ovechkin did all he could to keep the Caps close. Against Predators on Friday night, Ovechkin scored two goals in the second period to erase a two-goal hole. The next night in Dallas, Ovechkin scored a breakaway goal twenty seconds into the third period to tie the game.

That one was a beauty.

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Wardo’s face.

Four minutes into the second period, the Capitals faced what seemed like an insurmountable three-goal deficit. Instead of giving up, they calmly chipped away at the Stars’ lead. Eric Fehr responded one minute after Jason Spezza’s goal ,then Andre Burakovsky tallied a sweet power-play goal ten minutes later to bring the Capitals within one.

It was a sick snipe.

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During Alex Ovechkin‘s ten-year career as a Capital, there have been times when Washington simply did not deserve to win, but then Ovi would let his world-class talent shine, and he’d will the team back into games they should have lost.

Tonight is one of those nights.

Ovechkin scored two goals back to back in the second period to quickly and defiantly erase the Predators’ two-goal lead. After his second goal, Joe Beninati sarcastically cracked, “Kid’s got a future.”

He sure does.

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For a decade and a half, Barry Trotz WAS the Nashville Predators. He was the team’s first coach, bringing hockey to Music City and (possibly apocryphally) naming the team.

When Trotz came back to town for the first time, this time as coach of the Capitals, you just knew Nashville would welcome him with a big gesture. He’s that important to the city.

Early in the first period, the Predators debuted this touching video. The organization also thanked assistant coaches Lane Lambert and Mitch Korn.

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