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Troy Brouwer and Joel Ward are facing off against each in the Western Conference Finals. The members of the Caps’ 2014-15 roster are vying for an opportunity to win the Stanley Cup with their brand new teams, the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks. The two friends recently described the experience as “weird” to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

Tonight both players scored in Game Five in ridiculously similar fashion.

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Tuesday, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun published a feature on former Capitals Troy Brouwer and Joel Ward. Both players were a part of the Washington team that lost to the New York Rangers in Game Seven last season, and both players departed in the offseason. Brouwer was traded to the St. Louis Blues for TJ Oshie. Ward signed with the San Jose Sharks after the Capitals inked Justin Williams to a two-year deal.

Earlier this week, Ward and Brouwer addressed their former team’s flame-out in the second round.

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Big Game Brouwer strikes again.

Monday night in St. Louis, the Blues eliminated the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks in Game Seven. The Blues will move on to the second round because of their summer trade acquisition from the Washington Capitals, Troy Brouwer.

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Saturday night, Troy Brouwer made his grand return to Washington for the first time since he was traded to St. Louis for TJ Oshie. It has been an emotional night for Brouwer. The Caps aired a tribute video for Brouwer during the first period and the former Brouwer Pouwer leader received a standing ovation. Earlier, there were warm-ups.

Fans traveled down to the Blues’ side to hold up signs and say thank you to the former Capital, including RMNB readers Nick and Jenn Passero. The couple held up a sign that said, “My name is Troy after #36.” The parents had named their one-year-old son, Troy Nicklas, after Brouwer and current Caps center Nicklas Backstrom.

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During the first TV stoppage in play, the Capitals, like they’ve done all season, played a tribute video for Troy Brouwer, honoring his four seasons in Washington. Brouwer scored 83 goals, but none was bigger than his Winter Classic game-winning goal in 2015.

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Ex-Cap Drama: Troy Brouwer Boards Matt Hendricks

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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 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: Abbi F.

After the Caps’ 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, long-time RMNB reader Abbi F. shared with us a fun story from the game. Sunday was her 16th birthday so she decided to make a sign in the hopes she might get a puck. And to the surprise of no one, Tom Wilson came through in the clutch (even though he was forced to try multiple times).

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This is also weird. (Photo: Dan Riedlhuber)

Early in the season there can be some pretty funny stats, like after opening night, Jason Chimera was on pace for 164 points. Here’s another great example from RMNB’s Pat Holden.

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Over the offseason, Brian MacLellan made a myriad of roster moves to try to make the Caps a championship contender. That included trading thick-and-proud forward Troy Brouwer to St. Louis for TJ Oshie. No matter how excited I am about the dangling Oshie in a Caps uniform, I’ll forever remember Brouwer fondly as one of those heart-and-soul guys who came up big in the Winter Classic.

That’s why I had a big smile when I saw Troy score during his first game with the Blues Thursday.

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