Tom Wilson just made the biggest play of his young career.

After Henrik Lundqvist made a beautiful pass off the glass to a forward Carl Hagelin, the Rangers skated into the Caps zone with speed on a two-on-two break. Hagelin dished the puck to a trailing Kevin Klein. And that’s when Willy Baby came out of nowhere.

Wilson poke-checked the puck, fell over, slid into another Ranger, and slammed into the end boards. Matt Niskanen got the loose puck passed it to Curtis Glencross alone at the red line.

Glencross scored on the breakaway.

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The Washington Capitals struggled to generate offense in the first half of game four. Down 1-0 and nearing the second intermission, rookie sensation Andre Burakovsky got that killer instinct and scored his first NHL postseason goal.

Chris Kreider had the puck to start the play, but Burakovsky threatened him. Burra won the battle and cut to the center of the ice. One gorgeous release later and… tie game!

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The Hershey Bears had a big night on Friday. They won 10-4, completing the best-of-five series against the Worchester Sharks in round one in four games.

Casey Wellman led the way with three goals and an assist, Chris Brown scored twice, Nate Schmidt, Cameron Schilling, Tim Kennedy, and Jakub Vrana all had three points in the game. Vrana also scored his first AHL goal.

The other goal-scorers included Dustin Gazley and Liam O’Brien.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov just scored his first career NHL playoff goal. After winning a face-off right back to Karl Alzner, Kuzy skated hard to the net and set up camp in front of Jaro Halak. Alzner’s point shot was blocked, but Marcus Johansson managed to chip it up into the air, where Kuznetsov batted the puck into the net baseball-style.

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Stan Galiev Earns His First NHL Goal (GIF)

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That’s the puck, stuck in the back of the net.

Stan Galiev has taken a grand total of two shots in his two games in the NHL, and he’s already recorded his first NHL goal.

In garbage time of the Caps’ loss to the Rangers in the final game of the regular season, Barry Trotz gave his rookie line the ice. Like usual, the rookies raided the offensive zone. Michael Latta loosed a desperate shot, and Galiev corralled the rebound for his milestone marker.

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The Washington Capitals have a tradition. Whenever any player scores a milestone goal, the players who assisted will pose together with the puck. This explains the belly laugh-inducing photo of the Sashas and Jason Arnott from a few years ago.

On Thursday night, Alex Ovechkin cheesed for the camera after scoring his franchise-leading 473rd goal and to his right was… Braden Holtby? That can’t be right.

Okay, I’m checking the box score and yes, this is correct. Let’s see just how this happened.

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Humble Barry Trotz Wins 600th Game as Coach


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While we are jerks and nitpick his lines, there’s no denying Barry Trotz is one of the most successful bench bosses in NHL history. On Thursday, Trotz recorded his 600th career win after the Caps’ 5-4 shootout victory over the Montreal Canadiens. That’s a feat that only 12 other men in NHL history have accomplished.

Trotz is the fourth most-winningest active coach in the NHL.

Most of Trotz’s victories, 557, came during his 15 seasons with the expansion Nashville Predators. Thursday’s win marked Trotz’s 43rd with Washington this season.

After the game, he spoke about his accomplishment with The Washington Post’s Alex Prewitt.

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Alex Ovechkin is the Washington Capitals’ all-time goal-scoring leader.

With a power-play snipe to beat Carey Price in the second period of Thursday’s Canadiens game, Alex Ovechkin scored his 473rd goal as a Capital, finally passing the great Peter Bondra.

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin hit another milestone on Tuesday. The Russian machine scored his 50th goal– an accomplishment he’s reached six times time in his career. There are only two players in NHL history who have done it more: Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy, both with nine. So tonight is special– even if right now it feels like meh, just another goal from the Ovi.

Mike Green said it best:

“Every year it’s getting harder and harder,” Ovechkin said after the game. Yet even at age 29 (when he should have already slowed down), he’s still putting up huge numbers.

Let’s enjoy this moment.

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Fifty goals for Alex Ovechkin.

With a simple wrist shot from the slot, Alex Ovechkin has tied Peter Bondra for the franchise lead in goals, hit the 50-goal mark for the 6th time, and given his Capitals a two-goal lead.


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