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With Wizards in front row, a fitting Kuznetsov celebration

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With Wizards in front row, a fitting Kuznetsov celebration

Watch multiple angles of Evgeny Kuznetsov's celebration in the video player above, which will begin momentarily.

Washington's Evgeny Kuznetsov netted an impressive third-period goal that proved to be the game winner for the Capitals in Monday night's 2-1 Game 7 win over the New York Islanders. 

After celebrating with his teammates, he did this: 

(Photo via Comcast SportsNet screenshot)

He went with the jumpshot follow-through. Classic. It just so happened that four members of the Washington Wizards, themselves fresh off of a four-game sweep of the Toronto Raptors, were rinkside to watch the win.

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That was a fact apparently not lost on the young Kuznetsov, via Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post:

It's not the first time Kuznetsov and the Wizards have intersected. A quick look at his Instagram profile reveals a photo from earlier this year with Paul Pierce, one player among the group at Monday's game.

(Photo via Instagram)

And now both teams are headed to the second round of their respective Eastern Conference playoffs.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: The Caps add two defensemen, problem solved?

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: The Caps add two defensemen, problem solved?

The Capitals got their trade deadline started early by trading for defensemen Michal Kempny and Jakub Jerabek. Washington has been struggling of late, but do their new acquisitions address the team's weaknesses?

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir evaluate the two trades and talk about where they could fit into the lineup.

You can listen to the latest episode here on the Capitals Faceoff page or with the player below.

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Caps make second blue line addition, acquire Jakub Jerabek from Montreal

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Caps make second blue line addition, acquire Jakub Jerabek from Montreal

The Capitals continued to retool their scuffling blue line on Wednesday, acquiring 26-year-old defenseman Jakub Jerabek from Montreal in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2019.

The move comes a couple of days after GM Brian MacLellan dealt a conditional third-round selection to Chicago for swift skating Michal Kempny.

Both Jerabek and Kempny are left shot, puck-moving defensemen who move well and make crisp outlet passes. Both also hail from the Czech Republic.

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The team sees Jerabek as a No. 5 or 6, I’m told.

On Wednesday, the Caps also officially said goodbye to Taylor Chorney, who was claimed off waivers by Columbus. Chorney will report to the Blue Jackets.

The Caps were off on Wednesday as they made their way Florida for Thursday night’s meeting with the Panthers, so it’s unclear how Coach Barry Trotz intends to deploy his new defensemen.

But it’s probably safe to assume that Kempny will move into a spot within the top four with John Carlson, Dmitry Orlov and Matt Niskanen.

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That figures to leave Brooks Orpik and Jerabek on the third pair, while rookies Christian Djoos and Madison Bowey jockey for position as the next man up.

Kempny is expected to make his Caps’ debut on Thursday night.

Is the Caps’ D corps better? Well, that remains to be seen. But it had become clear to MacLellan and Co. in recent weeks that the status quo was not going to cut it. This month, in fact, the team has allowed 39 goals in 10 games. Only the Rangers (40) have allowed more in the same span.

With the trade deadline looming next Monday, the Caps now have roughly $617,000 in cap space, according to www.capfriendly.com, and are at the roster maximum of 23 players. So they would need to make a move in order to add another body.