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Barry Trotz declares the D.C. sports curse is over

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Barry Trotz declares the D.C. sports curse is over

The Capitals have finally gotten over the championship hump, and they see more championships to come for the city of Washington.

The Caps’ Stanley Cup run ended a lengthy championship drought for any of the four major sports teams in Washington that stretched all the way back to January 1992 when the Redskins last won the Super Bowl.

Given the painful ways in which Washington teams have just fallen short since that last Super Bowl, the city’s inability to win a championship began to feel like a sports curse.

Well, that curse is now over for the Caps and over for the city, so says Barry Trotz.

“Let's not look back,” Trotz told reporters during the Caps’ visit to Nationals Park on Saturday. “We're not going that way anymore, so don't tell us about, 'Hey you're up 3-1, you feel any pressure you might blow it?' We're not blowing it anymore. It's done. And that goes for all the teams. Let's get the positive vibe and go forward. Don't look back. That's not the direction we're going and that goes for all the sports teams.”

One of the great things about the Capitals’ endless celebration since winning the Cup is how much they have brought that celebration to the fans. They recognize how important this championship is to the city.

Can the positive vibes from that championship spread to the other sports teams? Trotz thinks so. After all, if the Caps can get over that hump, why not the Nationals?

“It's not just the team, but I think [winning the Stanley Cup is] for the fans, the organization, the district in general, the sports community,” Trotz said. “I feel really good that the Nats, they've got a really good team, and they've got a shot. They could be the next team. And we've got a good basketball team, football team, go down the list.

“Let's start making some championships in this area.”

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It’s official, Tom Wilson’s puppy Halle now has an Instagram account

It’s official, Tom Wilson’s puppy Halle now has an Instagram account

You should be used to seeing Capitals’ winger Tom Wilson’s puppy Halle by now, but you’ll be seeing a lot more of her in the future. 

The black lab mix officially has an Instagram account and it’s the cutest thing that you’ll ever see.

Her favorite things are pine cones and digging holes and the account features some adorable content.

From the first day that Halle met her momma Taylor Pischke. 

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The day I met my new fur momma ❤️

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To what looks to be one of her first baths.

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Instagram vs. Reality #nationalpuppyday

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And even serving two minutes in time out. C'mon just look at those puppy eyes. 

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Serving two minutes in the sin bin #unsportsmanlikeconduct

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The Instagram account is run by her furparents of course. 

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How former Capital Joel Ward helped Brenden Dillon adjust to life in the Washington area

How former Capital Joel Ward helped Brenden Dillon adjust to life in the Washington area

When trying to adjust to life in a new city, it can be nice to have a familiar face around to help you. That’s exactly what Brenden Dillon had after he was traded to the Capitals in Joel Ward.

Dillon was acquired by Washington on Feb. 18. In just his third game with the team, former Cap and San Jose Shark forward Joel Ward participated in the ceremonial puck drop prior to the Capitals Black History Game on Sunday, Feb. 23.

Dillon and Ward were teammates in San Jose for three seasons from 2015 to 2018. Dillon credited Ward for helping him get acclimated to Arlington, Va. and the Washington area.

“There's a bunch of great restaurants and walking around areas,” Dillon said in an interview with NBC Sports Bay Area’s Brodie Brazil. “I was pretty fortunate when Joel Ward actually did the drop the puck for I think it was either my second or third game as a Capital. He kind of gave me a bit of the lay of the land while we were out here, showing me some of his little hidden gems from when he played. Obviously Wardo and I have a great relationship so it was nice to have a familiar face for the first few days.”

Ward spoke glowingly of Dillon following his puck drop so it should come as no surprise that he was willing to help out his former teammate.

“He's a true pro,” Ward said of Dillon. “He's an unbelievable human being. I think he's probably one of the nicest guys I've come across in my hockey days, to be honest with you. He's just a humble guy that wants to work and learn.”

The extra help in finding the right places to eat has certainly paid off. Dillon remained in the hotel in Arlington with the season on pause until just this past week and had to rely heavily on take out.

“I've been walking around and grabbing some to go,” Dillon said. “If you ever need good pick up options in Arlington, Va. or the D.C. area for food, I'm your guy.”

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