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A few weeks ago, we reported that Russians Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov had come back early to the states to start working out for next season. One Russian we forgot among that group is Stan Galiev, a Caps prospect in the last year of his entry-level contract.

With all those Russians in the weight room, an outnumbered John Carlson had no choice but to surrender control of the stereo. In protest, Carlson posted a video of what he had to suffer through on his Instagram.

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On Sunday, we posted a story about former Capital Mikhail Grabovski completing the Ice Bucket Challenge with Nikolai Kulemin in ridiculous fashion.

Since then, a bunch of money and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) has been raised and the Ice Bucket Challenge has gone viral. At this point, if you haven’t done it yet– you’re a big weirdo.

Over the last 24 hours, a bunch of Caps people have completed the challenge. Since I’m guessing there will be more, we’ll be updating this post as they happen all day.

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You Should Adopt John Carlson’s Dogs Amy and Jo

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That sound is your heart melting.

Earlier in the year, Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson did an ad for Show Your Soft Side, an anti-animal abuse campaign. It was a great gesture, and Carlson joined Karl Alzner as one of the biggest dog advocates on the team.

Well tonight, the Olympic defensemen went a little bit further, this time offering a unique opportunity for followers of his Twitter account. Carlson put two adorable puppies that had been living with him as a foster parent up for adoption. Yes, you can totally own two of Carly’s dogs. They are eight-weeks old.

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Photo: @Nationals

On Sunday afternoon, Washington Capitals John Carlson and Steve Oleksy joined Tyson Strachan at Nationals Park to help promote Strachan Strays, a program started by the minor league defenseman to raise awareness for dog adoption. And really, any charity that inspires photos like this I totally support.

Carlson, Oleksy, and Strachan signed autographs and posed photos with fans. I think they went on the field too. Beyond that, I’m not sure, so let’s check the Twitter machine.

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[Editor's Note: Laurie C., a long-time RMNB reader, randomly ran into a Caps player today. I'll let her explain.]

Today, my addiction to Wawa paid off. I stopped into the Joppa, MD store to grab a sub. While I was browsing the candy bars, I noticed this familiar individual. I only got a side glance but then I realized “Holy crap, that’s John Carlson….I think!” Immediately I looked around for Alzner, but he was nowhere to be found.

So I walked up to him, like a total goon ball and asked, “Are you who I think you are?”

He laughed at me and said, “Yeah, probably.”

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John Carlson: 2013-14 Season Review

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The other half of Carlzner. This is the one with all the offense. And the flow. Let’s talk John Carlson.

By the Numbers

82 Games played
23.9 Average time on ice per game
10 Goals
27 Assists
46.9% Shot attempt percentage during 5v5
48.0% Goal percentage during 5v5
7.6% On-ice shooting percentage during 5v5
92.7% On-ice saving percentage during 5v5

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Evgeny Kuznetsov takes off his pads after Sunday’s game. (Photos by Chris Gordon)

By tomorrow morning, big changes may have already struck the Washington Capitals. After the Caps’ final game, a 1-0 shootout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the players were somber, but not angry. They’ve been dealing with postmortem questions since Thursday. Four days later, those questions haven’t got any easier to answer, even if the team’s flaws are clear.

I brought my camera into the locker room as the players took off their skates for the final time this year and faced probing reporters Sunday evening. They’ll have to face the latter again tomorrow morning.

Take a look at my photos.

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The Achilles Heel of the Capitals Power Play

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Photo: Patrick Smith

The Caps are bad at defense and give up a lot of odd-man breaks. Even when they win, Washington can’t hide that flaw. One aspect of that is particularly troubling: the amount of rushes they allow on their own power play.

The Capitals man-advantage has kept them afloat all year, generating about a third of their offense. However, against the Stars their PP could barely get going. Dallas had two breakaways on Washington’s opening power play, which was quickly negated by a John Carlson slash.

“Usually odd-man rushes are our breakdowns, not necessarily great plays by them,” Carlson said after the game. “We can’t let that happen. We’re too good of players.”

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John Carlson Gets Engaged While Eating Pizza (Photos)

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Engagement selfie!

We have some sad news to deliver to the ladies of RMNB: according to reader @MariannaStaplet one more Washington Capital player is off the market. Defenseman John Carlson proposed tonight to his long-time girlfriend Gina Nucci. And he did it in the most bro-rific way possible: while eating pizza at home.

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Early in the first period, as CSN+ came back from commercial, the end-zone camera zoomed in on Washington Capitals defenseman/dudebro John Carlson chatting with a referee. As Carly skated away for the face-off, he did some open-mouth breathing and we noticed something curious.

It’s hard to make-out, but indeed, Carly is still wearing the patriotic Team USA mouthguard he wore in the Sochi Olympics.

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