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Caps' big guns hand Devils their first loss

Caps' big guns hand Devils their first loss

You would think the Devils would own Friday the 13th, but it was the Capitals who walked away victorious with the 5-2 win in New Jersey.

How it happened

The Caps' big guns all came to play on Friday as Nicklas Backstrom, T.J. Oshie and Alex Ovechkin all had big games. A steal by Backstrom at the blue line set up Oshie for the first period goal. Ovechkin and Taylor Hall traded power play goals in the second, but Jakub Vrana's first goal of the season gave Washington the two-goal lead heading into the third period.

Kyle Palmieri pulled New Jersey within one just 53 seconds into the final frame, but Oshie and Backstrom each padded the Caps' lead with two more power play goals.

What it means

The Capitals snapped a hot start for the Devils who were 3-0-0 heading into this game. It also snapped a two-game slide for Washington.

A pregame scare

Caps fans got a scare before the game. Just a few minutes before the puck dropped, news broke that Nicklas Backstrom was a late scratch. That turned out to be a mistake with the game sheet, however, as Backstrom did play. It's a good thing he did as he ended up having a huge game with one goal and three assists.

Wilson’s return

Tom Wilson returned to the lineup after serving a four-game suspension to start the season. He looked like the old Wilson as he drew an interference call from Dalton Prout in the first period. He also dropped the gloves with Blake Coleman in the third period in a fight that could only be described as "one-sided."

A hot start

With his second period goal, Ovechkin now has nine in five games to start the season. In 2007-08, when he set his career-high of 65 goals, Ovechkin had only three tallies through the first five games.

A costly injury

Matt Niskanen left the game in the second period after taking a slash from Devils defenseman Jimmy Hayes. The team announced he would not return labeling the issue as "upper body."

There's a first time for everything

Andre Burakovsky took issue with a hit from Coleman on Dmitry Orlov that sent the Caps' defenseman feet first hard into the boards. Burakovsky decided to take matters into his own hands and dropped the gloves for his first career NHL fight. The last time Burakovsky fought in a hockey game was March 2014 in the OHL.

What’s ahead

It’s a quick turnaround for the Caps as they head to Philadelphia for a Saturday night matchup with the Flyers. Then it’s back to Washington as they will host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday.

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Brian MacLellan got his day with the Stanley Cup over the weekend

Brian MacLellan got his day with the Stanley Cup over the weekend

Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan finally got his day. 

Over the weekend, MacLellan played host to the Stanley Cup, taking it home to his offseason house in Minnesota. 

MacLellan brought the Cup to Powderhorn Park, where a youth hockey tournament was being put on by the Herb Brooks Foundation. 

MacLellean talked with local media about the experience:

"It's a fun day, a fun day to see people react to the Cup," MacLellan told FOX 9 TV. "You know, it brings a lot of smiles to people's faces, people that sometimes don't get a chance to get close to it are getting an opportunity and it's fun to watch them enjoy it."


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This Caps Stanley Cup tattoo has everyone's beat


This Caps Stanley Cup tattoo has everyone's beat

Since the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup for the first time over one month ago, Caps fans, (and players), have rushed to their local tattoo parlor to get some ink commemorating the win.

We've seen the classic Capitals logo with the Stanley Cup, but nothing that comes close to the masterpiece that is Shane Peacher's tattoo.

Peacher tweeted to Joe B and Courtney Laughlin the finished tat: a work of art featuring Alex Ovechkin kissing the Stanley Cup for the first time as it's hoisted over his head.

Joe B replied making sure Shane had enough room on his other tricep for next year.

Shane replied that he's thinking of Evgeny Kuznetsov's iconic celebration that has since been dubbed the "birdman."

Shane got his Caps tattoo at the Helix Tattoo Lodge in Rising Sun, Maryland, by tattoo artist, Justin Holcombe.