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3 stars of the game: After wild start, Caps assert control in win over Islanders

3 stars of the game: After wild start, Caps assert control in win over Islanders

Both the Capitals and New York Islanders combined for five goals in a crazy first period and it looked like we were headed for a high-scoring, back-and-forth affair on Thursday.

After the first, however, the Capitals kept on scoring, but shud down the Islanders in a 7-3 win.

Brock Nelson struck first for the Islanders who were buzzing, but Lars Eller, T.J. Oshie and Dmitry Orlov all scored to help give the Caps a 3-2 lead after 20 minutes. Then Philipp Grubauer shut the door, allowing only one goal the rest of the game.

Six different Capitals scored in the seven-goal effort. Both teams will meet again Friday for the rematch in Washington.

Here are the three stars of the game:

1. Andre Burakovsky: Burakovsky looked like the Caps’ most dangerous weapon as he zipped all over the ice. His speed made him a factor all game long. Not only did he set up T.J. Oshie to help him snap his goal drought, he also scored on a beautiful deflection off a lengthy Jakub Jerabek shot.

2. T.J. Oshie: Boy did he need that one. Oshie snapped a 19-game scoreless drought in the first period as he roofed the puck past Christopher Gibson. Andre Burakovsky fed Oshie for the shot and Oshie hesitated slightly to force Gibson to commit, giving Oshie an open top to shoot at.

For a player on a lengthy drought, Oshie showed a lot of poise by not rushing the shot initially, but waiting for Gibson to put himself in a helpless position. Oshie also added an empty-netter for his second goal of the game, his first two-goal effort since Nov. 14.

3. Philipp Grubauer: This game was wide open at the start as both teams combined for five goals in the first period. New York continued flying in the second period, but the scoring dried up as Grubauer shut the door on the Islanders. After giving up two goals in the first, Grubauer allowed only one more goal despite facing 26 shots and it came when the result was no longer in doubt. Grubauer's play allowed the Caps to pull away despite getting outshot 38-22 for the game.

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

After lifting the Stanley Cup just over two months ago, something else very exciting has happened in Alex Ovechkin's life.

Saturday morning, Nastya and Alex Ovechkin welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Sergei, after Ovechkin's late brother. 

Ovi spent this week practicing at the Florida Panthers' facilities with other NHL players living in the surrounding area.

After the Cup's visit to Moscow, Nastya and Alex settled down at their apartment in Miami, staying put and preparing for the birth. 

The couple were married two years ago but didn't hold an official ceremony until July of last year. The celebration was as lavish as you'd expect.

She revealed her pregnancy shortly after the Cup victory, and has kept us up to date on life this summer via Instagram. A few weeks ago, the Ovechkins graced HELLO! Russia magazine, showing off Nastya's baby bump among their glamour shots.

💛 @aleksandrovechkinofficial #hello #hellorussia @hello__ru

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Congratulations to Ovi and Nastya, and all our best wishes for health and happiness!


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Capitals draft pick admits he is...a Flyers fan


Capitals draft pick admits he is...a Flyers fan

Say it ain't so.

Mitchell Gibson is the first goalie the Capitals have drafted since Ilya Samsonov in 2015, but they may be thinking twice about their selection after a recent shocking interview.

Gibson spoke with a local Philadelphia CBS station and revealed that both he and his family...are Flyers fans.

Insert dramatic music.

"I think my family will always be Flyers fans in their hearts and I guess I will be a little bit," Gibson admitted, hopefully with guilt in his voice.

Gibson was selected by the Caps in the fourth round of the 2018 draft, but clearly the scouts did not do their homework. It's as if Gibson grew up a hockey fan in a place like Phoenixville, Pa. (about an hour outside of Philadelphia) without anticipating the future that he may one day be drafted by a rival team like Washington.

Shame, shame.

The young netminder tried to make up for his horrifying admission later in the interview.

"The Capitals are definitely treating me well right now so I would like to be their goalie," he said.

A likely story.

Gibson is only 19 and set to begin his first collegiate season at Harvard in 2018 so at least there is still time for Gibson to overcome his shameful past. And hey, it could always be worse. At least he's not a Penguins fan.