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Way back in November, Sportsnet highlighted the Capitals’ pregame routine, which included a lot of dancing and gyrating. Since then, the Capitals have kept winning and the pregame routine has kept getting weirder.

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This Is What Happens When You Shove Braden Holtby

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New York Rangers pest supreme Tanner Glass learned a valuable lesson against the Washington Capitals on Sunday: don’t touch Braden Holtby.

Late in the second period as he froze the puck, Holtby shoved Rangers winger Mats Zuccarello out of the crease. Glass responded by shoving Holtby in the shoulder.

NUH UH.

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Tom Wilson has a reputation for hitting hard, and not always cleanly. Late in Wednesday’s game against the Senators, Wilson checked Ottawa forward Curtis Lazar. The hit looked vicious, with Lazar’s head whipping sideways as he fell to the ice. Wilson was given a 10 minute misconduct and a match penalty for intent to injure. The latter would have resulted in an automatic one-game suspension. Wilson insisted after the game that he made a legal hip check to remove a player from the puck, which is clear when looking at the slow motion replay of the hit.

“I understand that I’m kind of under the microscope,” Wilson said yesterday according to Katie Brown of NHL.com. “The game as a whole is under the microscope right now.”

In this case, the microscope worked in Wilson’s favor. According to the CSN’s Chuck Gormley, Wilson’s 1o minute misconduct and match penalty will be scrubbed by the NHL, allowing the 21-year-old bruiser to play Friday night at Verizon Center. The Capitals were expecting the league to make this move.

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Here’s Your Tom Wilson Match Penalty Update

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It has been a busy news cycle for Tom Wilson. Last night, Wilson was assessed a match penalty for a hit on the Senators Curtis Lazar. Generally, everyone agreed with the call and calm discussions on social media were had. Sike. Hot takes on the hit and Wilson as a player burned through the night.

Today, while the Wilson hit is still a big story, the temperature of the takes has cooled significantly.

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Tom Wilson’s Controversial Match Penalty

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“I wasn’t even trying to hit him,” Tom Wilson told the press after Wednesday’s 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. Wilson had to watch the end of that game from the locker room, expelled from the ice following a big hit on Curtis Lazar.

What you think of the hit and the penalty depends on what you think of Tom Wilson in general. This much is clear: Wilson has a bad reputation in the league.

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Your day is about to get better: the Washington Capitals released their holiday video and it’s a doozy. Featuring Alex Ovechkin wearing a pink bunny costume, Michael Latta getting his tongue stuck to a pole, Rod Langway as Santa, and Alex Ovechkin in a pink bunny costume, this video is an instant classic.

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With his team trailing by two goals in the third, Tom Wilson did Tom Wilson things by delivering a hard and questionable hit. Wilson was given a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct.

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An Important Update on Brooks Laich’s Instagram Follows

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This week, amateur quadcopter pilot Brooks Laich did something on Instagram he hadn’t done since joining: he followed two accounts. Previously he had been following only fiancee Julianne Hough. So which two accounts did Brooks follow? Could it be?!

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Late in the first period, Michael Latta stuck out his leg and tripped Jets center Mark Scheifele. Defenseman Jacob Trouba responded by cross-checking Latta, and then they fought at center ice for nearly a full minute.

Meanwhile, a mini line brawl began behind the play, with Tom Wilson skating towards Mark Stuart and wrestling him down to the ice.

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Here’s Wilson and Latta play fighting each other last year.

This morning towards the tail end of practice, Caps roomies Tom Wilson and Michael Latta had a brotherly disagreement about something. According to CSN Washington’s Jill Sorenson, the kerfuffle, which sounded like it was minor and may or may not have been playful, ended with a tackle and some yelling. The Washington Times’ Zac Boyer said the episode lasted seconds and that Brooks Laich broke it up.

We have some ideas on what might have started it.

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