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President Donald Trump zings Capitals during Penguins' White House visit

President Donald Trump zings Capitals during Penguins' White House visit

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The NFL may be getting a fair share of the President's attention recently, but on Tuesday morning it was the NHL's turn. 

The PIttsburgh Penguins took part in the semi-traditional White House appearance on Tuesday, visiting with President Donald Trump ahead of Wednesday night's game against the Capitals. 

The event took place despite mounting controversy surround the tradition, as the Golden State Warriors and University of North Carolina Mens Basketball team both skipped out on the event in protest.

Trump has, however, met with the New England Patriots, Clemson's Football Team, and the Chicago Cubs after they won their respective titles. 

Trump even took a moment to weigh in on the Penguins' rivalry with the Capitals: 

"I know you have a really big early season matchup tomorrow night against the rival Washington Capitals," the President said to a mix of laughter and boos.

He then turned around to the Pittsburgh coaches and players and asked, "Are they tough? What do you think? Are they tough?" 

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3 reasons the Caps beat the Avalanche

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3 reasons the Caps beat the Avalanche

The picked up right where they left off at home as they returned to Washington and defeated the Colorado Avalanche 5-2. Here is how the Caps were able to put last night's loss behind them and earn the win.

A better start

Against the Islanders on Monday, the Caps lacked energy early on and allowed a goal to Brock Nelson just 2:36 into the contest. Tuesday’s start had a much different feel to it. The Caps were moving their feet, moving the puck and creating sustained zone pressure. This time it was Washington who took the early lead as Jakub Vrana netted a goal just 5:25 in.

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Braden Holtby’s breakaway save on Colin Wilson

With the score tied at one in the second period, Colin Wilson was handed a gift from Brooks Orpik. As Orpik skated up the ice to his left, the rest of his teammates all skated right leaving him no one to pass too. Feeling the forecheck, Orpik tried the cross-ice pass, but it was intercepted by Wilson and there were no Caps in site. Wilson had scored Colorado's first goal and looked like he was about the score the second on the breakaway. Instead, he was denied by Holtby. Just 4:29 later, John Carlson tallied the go-ahead goal for Washington. That is essentially a two-goal swing in five minutes.

The penalty kill

The Caps took four penalties on the night and two of them were from one of their top defenseman in John Carlson. Colorado, however, walked away with nothing to show for it. The Caps took one penalty in the first and two in the second when the game was still in doubt. If they had given up a goal on any of those opportunities, it likely is a very different game. Instead, Washington killed off all four penalties they faced making sure the power play was not a factor for the Avalanche.

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Tarik's Three Stars of Capitals-Avalanche: That's more like it

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Tarik's Three Stars of Capitals-Avalanche: That's more like it

WASHINGTON — One night after struggling in Brooklyn, the Caps rebounded with a solid 5-2 victory over Nathan MacKinnon and the Avalanche at Capital One Arena.

The last 10 games for the Caps? How about 8-2-0?

In fact, it’s now been a month since Washington has lost back-to-back games. 

Here are Tarik El-Bashir's 3 stars of the game.

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No. 1 Brett Connolly, Capitals:

Since getting scratched late last month, Connolly has been one of the Caps’ most productive players.

And that did not change against the Avs. No. 10 put the game out of reach, 3-1, early in the third period, firing a pass from Madison Bowey past Semyon Varlamov and into a yawning net on a delayed penalty.

The goal was Connolly’s fourth goal in six games…all since getting scratched by Coach Barry Trotz for ineffectiveness. Bowey, meantime, recorded a pair of assists for his second multi-point game.  

No. 2 Jakub Vrana, Capitals:

The speedy winger put the Caps up 1-0 early in the first period with a perfectly-placed snipe over Varlamov’s blocker.

The goal was Vrana’s ninth of the season and fifth in the last 10 games. The rookie is now on pace for 24 goals—the number Marcus Johansson and Justin Williams each hit a year ago.

No. 3  John Carlson, Capitals:

Carlson plays a very clean game for a d-man who sees the type of workload he does. But he found himself in the penalty box twice in the opening 30 minutes—for tripping and delay/puck over glass.

Then he redeemed himself…in a big way. With 2:18 remaining in the second period, No. 74 picked off an errant clear by Tyson Barrie at the top of the circles. And Carlson made no mistake, ripping a slap shot past Varlamov’s glove to restore the Caps’ lead, 2-1.

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