2016 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

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During the 2010 season, the Washington Capitals extended a tryout offer to Matt Hendricks during training camp. Not only did the Minnesota native make the team, Hendricks earned the nickname The Paralyzer for his shootout heroics and a two-year contract, cementing him as a full-time player in the league.

Hendricks moved on in 2013 to Nashville and later Edmonton, but was a beloved part of the Capitals while in the nation’s capital. That’s why on Sunday, Hendricks, the captain of the United States National Team, and former teammate Alex Ovechkin gave each other a big hug in the handshake line.

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Ex-Cap Drama: Troy Brouwer Boards Matt Hendricks


The Edmonton Oilers withstood a late rally by the St Louis Blues to win on Wednesday night, but no one really cares about that. The real story is former Capitals winger Troy Brouwer smashing former Capitals winger Matt Hendricks into the boards.

Brouwer was assessed a major and game misconduct. Hendricks, meanwhile, came back to do something typically lovely in the game’s final seconds.

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Former Capitals forward Matt Hendricks has only played five games for the Edmonton Oilers this season. That’s because Hendricks suffered a gnarly ankle injury two weeks ago against the Calgary Flames.

Hendricks was hurt doing the normal Wagon things he does: blocking a shot from the point. The puck went off the inside of Hendricks’ right ankle, just above his skate where there’s absolutely no padding.

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Matt Hendricks: Still Paralyzin’ (GIF)


So here’s something from last night’s preseason game between the Edmonton Oilers and the Winnipeg Jets that you need to see.

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On Friday, Sovetsky Sport’s Pavel Lysenkov published the second part of a Russian-language interview he had with 2012 first overall pick, Nail Yakupov. Yakupov spoke mostly about things we marginally care about like the Russian National Team and his dog. Then Lysenkov asked Yak if he had any good stories to tell from his time in Edmonton so far.

Yes, he did, and it involved former paralyzing Capital/wagon, Matt Hendricks!

Igor Kleyner has your translation.

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To All the Caps I’ve Loved Before


There’s really no need to read this piece. Your life will be no better for having read what’s below. Your life might actually get worse. You should probably stop right now.

(Last chance.)

So the Caps have freed some players over the last few years, and it feels like all of them have turned into beautiful hockey butterflies. The team had good reasons to trade or release some guys; others… not so much. In this still very young season, those hockey butterflies are playing so good it’s like they’re trying to make you jealous. Well, it’s not going to work, hockey butterflies.

Okay, yeah, it is.

I’m gonna take a peek around the league, in a totally non-Facebook-stalker-y way, just to see how certain ex-Caps forwards are doing in their new homes. Pretty freaking well, it turns out. Starting with prospect-bust-turned-Calder-standout Filip Forsberg, lemme run down who has moved on and how they’re doing.

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For three seasons, Matt Hendricks gave his heart and soul to the Washington Capitals. There were big hits, paralyzing shootout goals, and fights. Lots and lots of fights. When Hendricks’ contract ran out in 2013, he signed a new one, a large one, with Nashville– then bounced around until he found a home in Edmonton.

On Wednesday, in what was the weirdest moment of the night so far, Hendricks checked two (2!) guys at the same time, Michael Latta and an Edmonton teammate. Hendricks was then forced to drop the gloves with first-year Caps forward Liam O’Brien.

Perhaps an awkward moment for Caps fans?

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Photo credit: Mark Humphrey

On Saturday night, former Washington Capitals grinder Matt Hendricks finally got his first opportunity in the shootout with his new team. He did not score.

Hendy even tried his patented move, the Paralyzer. Unfortunately for him, Steve Mason read the scouting report and made an unbelievable save.

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SOON. (Photo credit: Christian Petersen)

File under news you wish you didn’t know, former Washington Capitals grinder/enforcer/paralyzer Matt Hendricks scored his first goal with his new team, the Nashville Predators, last night. Let’s just say the goal was more Ovi-esque than Hendy-ish.

As Hendricks’ skated the puck into the Coyotes’ zone, he decided – aw, what the hell – and went on a 1-on-2 like his boy Alexander Ovechkin used to do. Instead of getting fancy with the puck, Hendy just threw a good ol’ fashioned wristshot on the net. And he scored. Because why not.

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Steve Oleksy Nearly Fights His “Mentor” Matt Hendricks


Steve Oleksy tangles with Mike Fisher during Thursday’s game. (Photo credit: Alex Brandon)

During Saturday’s Caps convention Steve Oleksy joked that he wore “black and blue like accessories.” It didn’t take long for Steve to bring back his trademark look.

Towards the end of the second period in Wednesday’s preseason game against the Nashville Predators, Oleksy got tangled up near the net with Mike Fisher. The two exchanged words, and soon Oleksy was pummeling the Preds star. The Washington defenseman easily won the bout, though the right side of his face was bulging out like a boulder was jammed underneath his cheek.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s preseason or regular season,” Oleksy told reporters after the game. “That’s part of my job, that’s part of the reason I’m here. It doesn’t matter who it is, I’m gonna try and hold people accountable.” Continue Reading

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