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Ever since the playoffs started, TJ Oshie has been using a new Bauer Supreme 1S stick, migrating over from the Warrior brand. But it’s not just any Bauer twig. Oshie has been using one of Alex Ovechkin’s sticks from his personal collection.

I know this because RMNB reader @labattadm sent us a photo of the Capitals stick rack from Game One.

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Photo: Al Bello

Alex Ovechkin had a subtle change made to his Bauer Supreme 1S sticks. In a delivery two weeks ago, Bauer published an Instagram photo Ovi’s newly-delivered black and gold twigs. If you look closely, you’ll notice that Ovi’s Nike number 8 logo has been added to the stick.

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Former Capitals forward Troy Brouwer had something very strange happen during the Blues’ Saturday match-up against the Stars. As Brouwer looked to gain entry into the offensive zone, his stick got caught in Antoine Roussel’s legs. Roussel responded rationally: by throwing Brouwer’s stick into the crowd.

But that wasn’t even the weirdest part.

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Photo: Bruce Bennett

My favorite story about Justin Williamsrecent hat trick on Sunday had to be Chuck Gormley’s hit on CSN Mid Atlantic. That’s because we learned what Justin Williams’ nickname is: Stick.

Nope, it’s not Mr. Game Seven or Willy. It’s Stick.

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Just like the Vancouver Canucks did on Sunday, the Washington Capitals hosted their own Hockey Fights Cancer night at Verizon Center. The Capitals wore purple jerseys during warm-ups (photos) and 11-year-old blood cancer survivor Ryan Darby got to participate in the ceremonial faceoff with Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg and Caps captain Alex Ovechkin.

Darby, cute as a button, clapped wildly as Ovechkin made his way to the dot. Then he got a special surprise when they were done: a game-used stick from Alex Ovechkin.

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USA Network Pilot Season Will Include NHL-based Hourlong

Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood provides this summary:

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Chris “Stick” Blake is a player in the NHL prominently featured in the majority of the top 10 hockey fights on YouTube. He just got suspended from his team, and now has to attend court ordered anger management classes. He’s not a bad guy… he just loses it when people are bullied. After an old friend shows up with a life-threatening problem, Stick focuses his considerable energies on solving it and discovers a new line of work—helping people that the law can’t. From writers Mark Altman & Steve Kriozere (“Castle”) and Executive Producers Steve Stark (“Medium,” “Girlfriends”) and Russ Buchholz (FACING KATE). From Universal Cable Productions.

This raises many questions:

  • Will the NHL license/endorse a show whose main character is a shamed ex-player famous for fighting?
  • Will that player have been suspended under the new headshot rule?
  • Can the player be a Capital? (Please!) Will the show be set in D.C. (or Vancouver passing for D.C.)?
  • Can Chris Simon act?  Is Donald Brashear available for cameos? (Answer: yes)
  • If picked up, how many episodes in before an ice skate is used as a murder weapon? If it happens, even odds that the victim is an official.

Just because a show is picked up in pilot season does not guarantee it ever gets produced or makes it to air.  In fact, most shows that we hear about are so apocalyptically awful, we never here from them again.  We’ll keep you posted on STICK.

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