Joel Ward Interview-Bombs Pierre McGuire (Video)

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If the Washington Capitals were uptight before their game against hated rival Pittsburgh tonight, you wouldn’t know it watching NBCSN’s pre-game show. As everyone’s favorite sideline reporter Pierre McGuire interviews Karl Alzner, forward Joel Ward finds the camera and stares. And then stares some more.

That was 30 seconds of TV gold. Wardo, you rule.

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Braden Holtby and Alzner celebrate a shootout victory. (Photo credit: Jonathan Kozub)

Braden Holtby and Alzner celebrate a shootout victory. (Photo credit: Jonathan Kozub)

When Mathieu Perreault was traded to the Anaheim Ducks, the Caps lost more than a talented forward. Perreault was the terrier puppy of the Washington Capitals: small, frantic, usually bouncing with joy. His post-game celebrations became A Thing. But Perreault wasn’t the one who came up with the idea. It was his buddy Karl Alzner, who was inspired by YouTube videos of Seton Hall basketball player Peter Dill. Though they both made up elaborate rituals, it was Perreault who got all the attention. So, after a while, Karl stopped trying.

“I was like ‘Man, that’d be awesome if we did that!’” the mustachioed defenseman told me Wednesday. “I said, ‘Perry, you gotta watch this! It’d be awesome if we did this after a win’” Next game, it went to a shootout. He did it, I did it, and his got a ton of attention.”

This year, though, Perreault is gone and the Capitals have won a spade of games in the shootout. Therefore, it’s been up Alzner to carry the torch. His repertoire is more advanced than Perreault’s, with Alzner featuring distinct celebrations this year: Bow and Arrow, Thor’s Hammer, and the Hulk Hogan.

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The Washington Capitals beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 in the shootout and you know what that means: time for another #AlzyCelly. This time, brother, Alzner celebrates with all the Alznermaniacs by putting his hand to his ear and channeling his inner-Hulk Hogan.

That leaves me one question for you guys…

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A few weeks ago after the Washington Capitals beat the Winnipeg Jets in the shootout, Karl Alzner picked up where Mathieu Perreault left off and celebrated the win by doing some air archery on the bench. We called it an #AlzyCelly and begged you guys to give Alzner some love on Twitter so that he’d continue with the tradition (unlike last year). Well, it appears your guys’ hard work has paid off, because after the Caps shootout win against the Florida Panthers Saturday, Alzner took his stick and slammed it on the bench like it was Thor’s Hammer. We present to you #AlzyCelly number two!

If only the Comcast logo wouldn’t have popped up. Terrible timing! Still this is amazing.

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Okay I’m figuratively dying over here. This is amazing.

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A few weeks ago, the RMNB servers almost melted down when Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson checked three Columbus Blue Jackets players at the same time. Wilson, who is 6’4” and eats two large bison per day, is a behemoth on the ice with unlimited power. With that size, why not push the limits of what the body check can accomplish?

That same spirit must have possessed Michael Latta and Garrett Mitchell on Sunday when they combined to break a Giant Center pane of glass while body checking Max Friberg at the same time.

And on Monday, nice guy Karl Alzner went into his own berzerker rage. Alzner, whose success as a defenseman comes from smart stick position and careful spacing, decided that this was the night to check two players at once. Alzner put 398 pounds of Vancouver Canuck into the boards: 6’3” Jeremy Welsh and 6’1” Alexandre Burrows. Almost makes it look easy.

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Am I writing my third Caps dog post in a week? I am writing my third Caps dog post in a week.

Today in cute Washington Capitals dog photo news, Karl “Katniss” Alzner and John Carlson posed for Show Your Soft Side, an anti-animal abuse campaign. Alzner, who has three rescue puppies at home, posed with two of his own dogs, the world-famous Charlie and Murphy. Carlson posed with his own pup as well, Ellie, who he describes in the poster as “his best girl.”

The posters will go up in Baltimore — which I hope explains that beautiful hue of orange on the side — and will target Charm City’s youth.

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Last season, Mathieu Perreault made Washington Capitals shootout victories a bit more memorable with his bench freak-outs, which we dubbed the #PerryCelly. It became A Thing. A bit less known, however, was the knowledge the whole #PerryCelly thing came about because of Karl Alzner.

One night, Alzner and Perreault were watching the YouTubes, as humans are like to do. They came across Peter Dill, a basketball player for Seton Hall. Dill was not very good– he tallied just a single basket in two years playing for the school– but boy did he get excited when his team scored.

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Moar Caps Dog Calendar Photos

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The Washington Capitals released a behind-the-scenes video on Tuesday that gives us a peak behind the curtain of the upcoming Caps Dog calendar, which benefits the Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. Every dollar from the sale of these keepsakes will go to making a pet’s life better, which is why on December 3rd, you will buy one when they go on sale. They’ve be available through the Capitals’ team stores at Verizon Center and Kettler, as well as online.

Because I love you guys, I have collected some of my favorite stills from the new video. If you ask me, the best pic is the one where Grabovski stares deep into that dog’s soul. Or Hula Holtby.

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Winning Feels Nice: Caps Top Blue Jackets 4-1

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Happy times! (Photo credit: Patrick McDermott)

Finishing up their longest home stand of the season, the Washington Capitals took on new look (!) Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday. Facing a bunch of weak teams, the Caps didn’t do well in their last four games of their five game set at Verizon Center, posting a record of 1-3 and falling to 2-5 overall. Yesterday, Adam Oates had enough and went all “Screw everything! YOLO!” on the lines. Erat to the second! Fehr on the fourth! Grabo on the third! Other things! Par-ty!

No offense in the first frame. In the second, though, power play powerhouse Joel Ward rifled one top shelf on Sergei Bobrovsky to give the Caps the lead. Washington added to it about six minutes later when Brooks Laich popped in the rebound after Steve Oleksy’s inexplicably fancy stick work. The Caps took it home in the third with tallies from Troy Brouwer and Alex Ovechkin. Garbage goal for Artem Anisimov late. Wee! Caps top Jackets 4-1.

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