The Capitals playoff seeding is on the line, as Washington must win on Sunday to earn the third seed in the 2020 NHL playoffs.
Well, their Sunday matinee contest against the Bruins got off to a great start.
With just seconds remaining in the first period, Washington forward T.J. Oshie found the back of the net on a rebound shot to give the Caps an early 1-0 lead.
Oshie's goal gave Washington its first lead of the NHL restart in three games.
Over the past few years, the Capitals have had plenty of success against Boston when scoring first.
If Washington holds on to their slim lead, they will face the No. 6 seed New York Islanders, However, if Boston comes back to win, the Capitals will face the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round, the same team that eliminated them in the postseason last year.
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As part of the Washington Football Team's temporary rebrand, the club must come up with a new social media hashtag to replace the fan-favorite #HTTR acronym.
On Sunday, Washington attempted to do just that, but the first idea for the new hashtag turned out to quickly backfire.
Washington tried to use the hashtag #1932, representing the year the franchise was established. However, Twitter prevents hashtags from being solely numbers.
Quickly, the organization realized its mistake.
Washington then tweeted out that the team has yet to decide a new hashtag, and the team wants to have fan input on the matter.
Several fans responded to Washington's tweet with their own ideas, and to be fair, there were plenty of good ones.
Even celebrity Washington fan and NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. weighed in on the matter.
Based on the high volume of responses in a short amount of time, it's evident that the fans truly do care about what the team's new social media hashtag will be.
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Over the past few weeks, the NFL has seen nearly 70 players decide to opt-out of the 2020 season due to the concerns playing amid the coronavirus pandemic.
While most of the NFL's best players have committed to playing the 2020 campaign, college football can not say the same. Several of the sports biggest stars and likely future first-round NFL Draft picks -- Virginia Tech's Caleb Farley, Minnesota's Rashod Bateman and Penn State's Micah Parsons -- have all decided to skip the upcoming fall season.
Former Florida State star and NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders has taken notice of the opt-outs, and he has a clear position on it. Sanders took to Twitter to share his disappointment in those choosing not to play this fall.
“All Players OPTING out in all sports PLEASE BELIEVE the game will go on without u,” Sanders tweeted. “This is a business & don’t u EVER forget that. There’s NO ONE that’s bigger than the game itself. Only the ref, umps & officials are that important that u can’t play without them. NOT YOU! #Truth.”
Technically, Sanders is correct -- as both the NFL and college football currently plan on competing this fall. However, major conferences, such as the Big Ten, have currently halted on moving forward with padded practices until more protocols are in place.
Sanders' comments come just days after Washington Football Team defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio said he would keep his opinions to himself on those who are opting out.
As the NFL and college football continue to plan to play this fall amid the pandemic, it's natural that people will have different opinions on the matter. However, everyone should be able to agree that the health of each player should be the most important factor in what each individual decides to do.
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