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Burakovsky wants Caps 'bro-mance' to continue


Burakovsky wants Caps 'bro-mance' to continue

While Brooks Laich and Alex Ovechkin were busy getting engaged to television stars and Russian models over the summer, Tom Wilson, Michael Latta and Andre Burakovsky were feeling a little lonely, unable to cultivate the bro-mance they started as roommates midway through last season.

With training camp upon us, the Capitals’ three fun-loving bachelors are back together, tweeting like high schoolers while attracting thousands of followers.

Combined, @Tom_Wilso (37.7K), @Latta17 (21.6K) and @andreburakovsky (14.6K) have nearly 74,000 Twitter followers who have been entertained by, among other things, Wilson and Burakovsky lip-synching “It Wasn’t Me” on Instagram, Burakovsky sharing a taco night photo from their apartment and Latta sharing Wilson’s obsession with the movie Titanic.

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Which brings us to this season. There are rumblings Latta, 24, Wilson, 21, and Burakovsky, 20, are considering a trial breakup, and while that news may not carry the same weight as Niall, Louis, Harry and Liam disassembling One Direction, it’s certainly been weighing on the mind of Burakovsky, who seems intent on staying with his “Brobeans.”

“I’m not sure what we’re going to do yet,” said Burakovsky, who lived with fellow Swede Nicklas Backstrom last season before moving in with Wilson and Latta said. “Sooner or later I have to find my own place.

“The only thing keeping me there is we have so much fun. We’re like brothers. We hang out all the time. We eat together, we watch movies, we do everything together. If I move it would be kind of tough to leave the guys.”

Burakovsky didn’t stop there.

“Our friendship is so huge,” he said. “It feels good to have someone around you all the time. When you live alone you have private time, but still you’re alone and by yourself and that’s the bad thing about it.

“Sooner or later I’ll have to find my own place. I can’t live with two roomies my whole life, but right now it’s fun and we’ll see if I stay around or not. We’ll take each day as it comes.”

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Blackhawks fans tossed after directing racist remarks at Washington's Smith-Pelly

Blackhawks fans tossed after directing racist remarks at Washington's Smith-Pelly

CHICAGO—Four fans were ejected from United Center on Saturday night for taunting Devante Smith-Pelly as the Capitals’ winger sat in the penalty box.

The fans, according to a team spokesman, yelled “basketball, basketball, basketball” at Smith-Pelly, who is black. Smith-Pelly was in the box for fighting in the third period of an eventual 7-1 loss to the Blackhawks.

The taunts were confirmed by an off-ice official, the spokesman said, and the fans were subsequently removed from the arena.

Smith-Pelly did not speak with reporters after the game but is expected to address the incident at the team’s next media availability. The team is scheduled to practice Sunday at KeyBank Center in Buffalo.

Caps Coach Barry Trotz did not hold back when asked about the fans' comments.

“There’s absolutely no place in the game of hockey or our country for racism,” Trotz said. “I think it’s disgusting, and there’s no place for it. …It just shows ignorance.”

The Blackhawks responded on Twitter with an apology to Smith-Pelly, who is one of roughly 30 black players in the NHL.

February is Hockey is For Everyone month in the NHL.

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3 stars of the game: Caps suffer ugly loss to scuffling Blackhawks

3 stars of the game: Caps suffer ugly loss to scuffling Blackhawks

Just about everything that could go wrong did for the Capitals on Saturday in a 7-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Caps were coming off a strong 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, but none of that carried over in the trip to Chicago. The Caps took on a Blackhawks team that had lost eight in a row, but Chicago quickly took control in the first period and never looked back.

Washington gave up 21 shots on goal in the first period and found themselves down 3-1 after the opening frame. Things did not get much better from there as they gave up another three goals in the final four minutes of the second.

Here are the three stars of the game.

1. Jonathan Toews: Toews opened up the scoring in the first period with a quick shot from the corner that caught Braden Holtby by surprise.

Later in the first, he recorded an assist as his pass sparked a breakout that led to Brandon Saad's deal that gave Chicago back the lead. The Caps tried to make a game of it in the second period, but Toews intercepted a pass from Brooks Orpik that led to a 2-on-0 with himself and Patrick Kane that Kane netted to give the Blackhawks a 4-1 lead and signaled to everyone that the rout was on. Saturday was only the second three-point night of the season for Toews.

2. Patrick Kane: Toews helped the Blackhawks take control early, but Kane helped provide the knockout punches in the second period. A bad pass from Orpik was intercepted by Toews that led to a 2-on-0 with Kane. Holtby made the initial save on Toews, but Kane was able to knock in the rebound for the goal.

Kane also added an assist on Artem Anisimov's power play goal which extended Chicago's lead to 6-1.

3. Tom Wilson: Before this one got out of hand, it looked like Wilson had erased the tough start for the Caps as he deflected a shot from Matt Niskanen into the net to get Washington on the board.

Saturday's tally was his third goal in two games and his 10th of the season, marking the first time in his career he has reached double digits in goals.