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The Caps beat the Penguins to advance to the Conference Finals and fans are losing their minds

The Caps beat the Penguins to advance to the Conference Finals and fans are losing their minds

When the Capitals beat the Penguins in Game 6 Monday night to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, they did something they hadn't done in 20 years.

Fans reacted accordingly.

Sleeping baby? Doesn't matter, the Caps beat the Penguins in the playoffs.

Does this one-year-old have any idea what's going on? Doesn't matter, the Caps beat the Penguins in the playoffs.

Did this guy's neighbor's call the police? Doesn't matter, the Caps beat the Penguins in the playoffs.

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Have you ever seen such pure, unadulterated joy? Probably not (until the Caps beat the Penguins in the playoffs).

Grown men acting like 12-year-old boys? Completely reasonable considering the Caps beat the Penguins in the playoffs.

Let's not forget this incredibly artistic rendition of exactly what went down in Game 6.

And of course the most excited of all that the Caps beat the Penguins in the playoffs? The Caps themselves.

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The best advice for a happy marriage, according to Caps' Nic Dowd

The best advice for a happy marriage, according to Caps' Nic Dowd

Nic Dowd has been married to his wife, Paige, for two years and has learned that the most important part of marriage is patience. 

During an episode of Monumental Sports Network's Level With Me series, one of the scripted questions Garnet Hathaway had for Dowd was his advice for a good marriage.

"You've got to be patient with each other and understand that some days you have great days, some days you have bad days," Dowd said. 

Dowd also said mentioned that sometimes you have bad days individually as well. When that happens, Dowd said it's important not to let that affect your spouse.

"You get to a point when you learn how to put your feelings aside for your spouse's feelings," said Dowd, who became a father to Louie Dowd on New Year's Eve.

The two Capitals grinders also discussed social media, Hathaway's college lobster roll stand, superstitions and celebrations, among many other topics. Dowd and Hathaway had natural chemistry during the question-and-answer show, continuing their rapport from the podcast they co-host Between Two Blue Lines

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New Caps player Brenden Dillon, wearing a batting helmet, breaks down fight with Penguins' Malkin

New Caps player Brenden Dillon, wearing a batting helmet, breaks down fight with Penguins' Malkin

Newly acquired Caps player Brenden Dillon had a simple explanation for why he went into full attack mode at the end of the first period when Penguins center Evgeni Malkin shoved his teammate Nic Dowd.

“I like to play hard, you know, especially against those top-end guys,” Dillon said, while wearing a signed Nationals batting helmet postgame. “Malkin is a heck of a player and he plays a physical game, too, sometimes.”

Dillon seemed excited to fully immerse himself into the Capitals/Penguins rivalry and to come to the defense of his new teammates. 

“With these rivalry-type games tempers run high,” Dillon said. “It was just great.”

Even though he's new on the team, Dillon is fully in on the Caps' mission. Which is why Sunday's game - his first win as a Cap - was so important to him.

"Even before when I played for the Sharks, I had a bit of a rivalry with these guys back to the playoffs a few years ago," he said. "These are the ones you get up for. These are the exciting ones."

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