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Blue Jackets show with taunting celebration that no, they still aren't over losing to the Capitals in the playoffs

Blue Jackets show with taunting celebration that no, they still aren't over losing to the Capitals in the playoffs

The Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Capitals 2-1 in overtime on Saturday thanks to an overtime goal by Artemi Panarin. It was what happened immediately afterward, however, that seemed to cause the biggest stir.

When Panarin scored, he was immediately mobbed by teammates, several of whom were flapping their arms doing the birdman celebration, an apparent taunt at Evgeny Kuznetsov and the Caps. Seth Jones and Pierre-Luc Dubois were among those seen doing the celebration. It also appeared Panarin himself was doing it while celebrating with the rest of his teammates.

"That's fine,” Kuznetsov said. “It's nice to get some people that think about me, same as in April last year.”

Nastya Shubskaya, Alex Ovechkin’s wife, was quick to share her toughts on Columbus’ celebration on Instagram.


One of the iconic moments of the Capitals Stanley Cup run is Kuznetsov’s birdman celebration after he finished off the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 of the second round. Kuznetsov did the birdman celebration Saturday in the third period when he scored the game-tying goal against the Blue Jackets.

Columbus may have been reacting to Kuznetsov’s celebration, but Tom Wilson believes it stems more from their playoff meeting from last season.

“I'm assuming that's a little bit bitter,” Wilson said. “I'll leave it at that.”

In their playoff series, the Blue Jackets jumped out to a 2-0 series lead and came within one goal of  a 3-0 stranglehold, but Lars Eller scored in overtime and the Caps won four straight to stun Columbus. The Blue Jackets then had to sit and watch as the team whose back they had against the ropes went on to go all the way and claim the Stanley Cup.

If Saturday’s celebration is any indication, it certainly seems like there may be some hard feelings still from that series.

“I think they can remember what happened, we can remember what happened and it's a rivalry now,” Wilson said. “A team knocks you out, you're not going to be happy about it so we're going to keep going and I'm sure there will be a few more down the road where you'll see a little animosity.”


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Capitals at Devils: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

Capitals at Devils: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

After suffering a tough defeat to the Tampa Bay Lightening, the team with the NHL's best record, on Saturday, the Capitals (42-23-7) look to get back on track on Tuesday against the struggling New Jersey Devils (27-37-9).

Although the Devils have totaled the least amount of points of any team in the Metropolitan Division, they have won two of their last three contests.

The two teams faced off just over a couple weeks ago, when Washington shutout the Devils, 3-0, on March 8. Holtby had 25 saves in the Capitals' victory.

Here's how to tune in to Capitals-Devils on Tuesday. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.


What: Washington Capitals vs. New Jersey Devils, Game 73 of the 2018-19 NHL Regular Season

Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey

When: Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: The Capitals at Devils game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. (Channel Link)

Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals at Devils on NBC Sports Washington’s live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Caps 24/7 Radio, 106.7 The Fan FM


6:30 PM: Caps FaceOff Live
7:00 PM: Caps Pregame Live
7:30 PM: Capitals at Lightning Live
10:00 PM: Capitals Postgame Live
10:30 PM: Capitals Overtime Live


Capitals: N/A
Devils: Egor Yakovlev, upper body: TBD against Capitals. Nick Hischier, upper body: TBD against Capitals. Nathan Bastian, upper body, TBD against Capitals. Pavel Zacha, upper body, TBD against Capitals. Miles Wood, ankle, TBD against Capitals.


Number of all-time meetings: 209 games

All-time series record: Caps lead the all-time series 106-90-13

Last Meeting: March 8, 2010: Caps beat Devils 3-0.


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Capitals sign heralded Virginia native Joe Snively to entry-level contract


Capitals sign heralded Virginia native Joe Snively to entry-level contract

With a thin core of forward prospects, the Capitals looked locally and announced the signing of Herndon, Virginia native Joe Snively on Monday to a two-year, entry-level contract beginning in the 2019-20 season.

Snively, 23, is an undrafted free agent who played the last four years for Yale in the NCAA. He led the team in all four seasons. He scored 15 goals and 36 points in 33 games in his senior season. His skillset reportedly caught the eye of several other NHL clubs, but he elected to sign with his hometown team.

Snively is an alum of the Washington Little Capitals, the local youth hockey program based at MedStar Capitals Iceplex. He played junior hockey in the USHL with the Sioux City Musketeers tallying 64 points in 55 games.

“Obviously a unique situation with a local kid, which is phenomenal,” Todd Reirden said. “But it's very competitive to sign those free agents out of college, and we're fortunate to be able to add someone (who's) almost like a free player.”

Snively is not eligible to play with the Caps this season, so do not expect him to suit up in red anytime soon. Washington is at its maximum number of contracts with 50, which is why Snively’s contract is set to start for the 2019-20 season. He could, however, potentially play in Hershey on a tryout agreement.