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Capitals get good news on Kempny, Beagle injuries

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Capitals get good news on Kempny, Beagle injuries

The Caps got a double dose of good news on Saturday morning: both defenseman Michal Kempny and fourth line center Jay Beagle appear to be on track to suit up Sunday against Columbus in a pivotal Game 2 on home ice.

Kempny left Thursday’s playoff opener in the first period after being planted face first into the end boards by Josh Anderson. The bruising Blue Jackets forward received five minutes for boarding and a game misconduct; Kempny did not return to the game, leaving the Caps with only five defensemen for the balance of the night.

Kempny was among the first players on the ice for practice Saturday morning. He was sporting several stitches over his right eye, a bruised right cheek and a small cut on the bridge of his nose.

“I feel pretty good,” Kempny said. “I’m ready to go. I’m looking forward for tomorrow.”

Kempny reclaimed his spot in the top-4, skating alongside John Carlson.

As for Beagle, he picked up where he left off four games ago—skating in the middle of the Caps’ fourth line. His wingers on Saturday morning were Chandler Stephenson and Alex Chiasson.

Although Beagle has been out since leaving the Pittsburgh game on April 1 with an upper-body injury, his absence was never felt more than it was Thursday night against the Blue Jackets.

The Caps lost 10 of 11 defensive zone draws in the third period of Game 1. Beagle, of course, is a faceoff specialist. In fact, his winning percentage—58.5—was fourth best in the NHL during the regular season.

“Jay is probably one of those guys you don’t value him as much until you don’t have him,” Caps Coach Barry Trotz said. “The one place he can make a difference is in that faceoff circle.”

Beagle stayed on the ice longer than most of his teammates and went through some vigorous corner battles vs. defenseman Madison Bowey. Assuming Beagle feels well Sunday morning, he would seem likely to be in the lineup come game time.

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Heroes on the ice: Every Capitals player's superhero character

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Heroes on the ice: Every Capitals player's superhero character

Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the Washington Capitals!

It's not hard to picture your favorite athletes as superheroes. What the Caps are able to do on the ice seems almost superhuman at times.

Heck, they even have uniforms!

SEE EVERY CAPITALS PLAYER'S SUPERHERO CHARACTER HERE

But the similarities don't just end with the physical attributes and abilities. When you begin to really think about each player, you can see a lot of similarities between each of them and some well-known superheroes.

If each Caps player was a superhero, which one would they be? Check out each player's superhero character here.

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Dmitry Orlov dazzles his hometown of Novokuznetsk with the Stanley Cup

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Dmitry Orlov dazzles his hometown of Novokuznetsk with the Stanley Cup

Friday featured Dmitry Orlov and his jam-packed schedule with the coveted Stanley Cup.

The 27-year-old native of Russia decided to take the Cup to Novokuznetsk (located in the southwest region of Siberia) for a meet and greet with fans by the Ferris wheel at Gagarin City Park.

It should be mentioned that Orlov's day with the trophy was nearly derailed after a travel glitch that sent the Cup to Novosibirsk instead of his hometown. 

Thanks to the ultimate assist from a helicopter, the Cup arrived in style and set up one memorable entrance for the defenseman. 

Orlov released this hype video which highlights his entire day on Instagram: 

Дорогие друзья! Огромное спасибо, что разделили с нами наш праздник! Для нас это значимое и большое событие! Ещё раз приносим искренние извинения за задержку с кубком! И спасибо за понимание, мы старались сделать все максимально быстро! Спасибо за тёплый приём! Нашим родным, друзьям, тренерам, отдельная благодарность! Вы сделали наш праздник, наш день! Мы никогда не забудем этот праздник! P.S. Лена @govor_elena , тебе и твоим родным, отдельная благодарность, если бы не ваша помощь, то не известно когда бы кубок был в Новокузнецке!

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Talk about a banner weekend for the Washington Capitals. The Ovechkins welcomed their new son, Sergei Aleksandrovich, into the world and Orlov pulled off yet another spectacular day with the Cup.

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