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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.

Savage.

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 Greatest Hits: How to watch Evgeny Kuznetsov's series-winning goal

Capitals Greatest Hits: How to watch Evgeny Kuznetsov's series-winning goal

In need of Memorial Day plans? Look no further as NBC Sports Washington presents the fifth and final edition of Capitals Greatest Hits on Monday, May 25, at 7 p.m. 

For this holiday edition of Capitals Greatest Hits, NBC Sports Washington will reair Game 7 of the 2015 Eastern Conference First Round playoff series between the Washington Capitals and the New York Islanders. 

As a special treat, Evgeny Kuznetsov, who delivered the series-winning goal for the Caps, will make a special appearance on the broadcast to talk about his Game 7 heroics from the win-or-go-home showdown.

What better way to cap off a holiday weekend than by reliving some Caps playoff glory with The Birdman himself?

How to Watch: Capitals’ Greatest Hits

Who: New York Islanders @ Washington Capitals — April 27, 2015

When: May 25 at 7 p.m.

Where: NBC Sports Washington (channel finder), stream on the NBC Sports MyTeams app

Guest: Washington Capitals star Evgeny Kuznetsov

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Broadcast Schedule

6:00 PM Capitals Greatest Hits Capitals vs Thrashers from March 21, 2008 (R)

7:00 PM Capitals Greatest Hits Capitals vs Islanders from April 27, 2015 (P)

8:00 PM 2018 Stanley Cup Championship Films: Washington Capitals (P)

10:00 PM #HockeyAtHome: The Great One & The Great Eight (R)

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NHL releases framework, but no date, for players' return to team facilities

NHL releases framework, but no date, for players' return to team facilities

The  NHL released a memorandum on Monday outlining the framework for the league's next stage of its return to play, which will include a return to team facilities in accordance with local restrictions.

Phase 2 will permit players to return to NHL team training facilities "for voluntary small-group individualized training activities (on-ice and off-ice). Phase 1, which the league is still currently in, is self-quarantine. Though there is no set date for the transition to Phase 2, the memorandum stated that the league is targeting making the move in early June.

In Phase 2, gatherings at team facilities will be limited to a maximum of six players, plus limited staff.

The memorandum also notes this will be permitted "only in those jurisdictions where the applicable health authorities have sufficiently relaxed local restrictions to permit such gatherings." The Capitals' practice facility, MedStar Capitals Iceplex, is located in Virginia. Under the state's current stay at home order, gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people. This order is currently set to expire on June 10.

Players who do wish to participate in Phase 2 will only be allowed to participate in specific activities: player-only non-contact skates (no coaches permitted), weight lifting so long as the activity does not require a spotter, circuit-based activities, cardiovascular and endurance exercises, and rehabilitation treatments.

In order to ensure the health and safety of the players, COVID-19 testing guidelines are also laid out. Players and team staff with player access will be administered tests 48 hours before they return to training facilities. In areas where widespread testing is not available, players and staff must self-quarantine for14 days before they can enter team facilities. Temperature and symptom checks will also be required on a daily basis and all players will have to undergo a "pre-participation medical evaluation."

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In addition, the memorandum lays out a number of safety measures players will be required to abide by including maintaining social distancing, using masks and gloves when entering and leaving the team facilities and not car-pooling with other players. Players will also not be permitted to use hot and cold tubs, saunas and steam rooms.

According to the memorandum, "The health of the Players and Club personnel is our top priority, and that will dictate how Phase 2, and any progression thereafter, may evolve. We again emphasize that Player participation in Phase 2 is strictly voluntary. In addition, Clubs are not permitted to require Players to return to the Club’s home city so they can complete a quarantine requirement in time to participate in Phase 2."

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