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On Wednesday, St. Louis Blues center Steve Ott tweeted a photo to teammate Kevin Shattenkirk from Saturday’s game against the Capitals. It’s like some kind of weird optical illusion. Or maybe not. When cameras aren’t on certain guys, I have no idea what they’re doing at center ice.

The photo shows Shattenkirk, near the boards, leaning his helmet against Alex Ovechkin‘s. Both players’ eyes are closed. Ovechkin’s arm is around Shattenkirk’s, appearing to hug on him and bring him closer.

It totally looks like they’re smooching, with three old guys in the time keeper’s box looking on intrigued. Total Kodak moment. (Does anyone say “Kodak moment” anymore?)

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The Homestand From Hell: Avs beat Caps 3-2

This was pretty much the scene all night. The Caps tried with all their might, but could not score.

No goal. (Photo credit: Mitchell Layton)

Matt Bradley tosses his mitts and fights Cody McLeod. (Photo credit: Jacquelyn Martin)

Matt Bradley drops the gloves with Cody McLeod. (Photo credit: Jacquelyn Martin)

EVEN LATER UPDATE 12/12 1PM: Per Bob McKenzie, Alex Semin has been fined for his crosscheck on COL’s John-Michael Liles, and will play tonight against NYR.

UPDATE 12/11 11:50PM: Dmitry Chesnokov heard that Alex Semin will not be suspended.

Let’s get the hell out of town. The Washington Capitals have lost five games in a row, four of them at home base. The Colorado Avalanche brought their fast-paced offense to town as Washington tried to re-awake theirs. Despite showing more effort than in recent games, the Caps failed to stop, drop, shut em’ down, open up shop.

Kevin Shattenkirk got lucky with an early goal that Michal Neuvirth should have stopped. Mike Knuble responded with his 250th career goal, a typical Knuble score from inches out. Tom Poi was woefully out of position, allowing Ryan Wilson to waltz in and score the go-ahead goal. Piling on was Paul Stasny, who converted on the powerplay. Matt Hendricks launched a comeback with a no-looker from the crease, but the home team ran out of time. Avs beat Caps 3-2.

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