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The Caps celebrating the Stanley Cup win with their kids is the cutest thing ever

The Caps celebrating the Stanley Cup win with their kids is the cutest thing ever

Everyone loves the Caps. Everyone's ecsatic that they won the Stanley Cup. But do you know what's even better?

The Caps dads lifting their kids to touch the cup, or even sit in it. 

The median age of the Capitals roster this year was just over 28 years old. In the last few years, throughout Trotz's time in DC, many of the team members have gotten married, settled down, or even welcomed children into their family.

Even for those who either find themselves new to town or who opt to stay focused on their game, many have strong family ties and invited relatives out to Vegas to watch Game 5. The result is a plethora of delightful celebrations with kids, siblings, parents, grandmas, and more. Here's our roundup of some of the best.

To start us off, Nicklas Backstrom placed his 1-year-old son Vince inside the bowl of the Stanley Cup. Vince's red shoes coordinate perfectly with his Caps jersey.

Here's their whole ridiculously photogenic family, as well as the extended Swede family of Backstrom, Burakovsky, and Djoos.

Meanwhile, John and Gina Carlson, as well as their sons Lucca and Rudy, convened for hugs and lifts. Look at this joyful family squish! Look at those curls!

In the same vein of family ties, TJ Oshie embraced his father before tearfully speaking in an interview about watching his dad struggle through Alzheimer's. 

Oshie's daughters, Lyla and Leni, also stole the show. Their hairbow and jersey coordination may be the best street style you see today. 

Evgeny Kuznetsov, who put up over 30 points as one of the Caps' core players in this postseason, shared an emotional moment with his wife and daughter. And we saw more hairbows! Maybe they're on to something...

Next up is Jay Beagle, who had several family members present for the win. That's one way to take a great photo for your holiday card!

Braden Holtby, whose phenomenal performance laid the foundation for the Caps' deep postseason run, was greeted by his mother Tami, his wife Brandi, and his children. Try to watch this and not tear up, I dare you.

Here's a blurry Holtby selfie for the history books.

Phillip Grubauer, the Caps' backup, posed for photos with his parents and partner. 

Lastly, but certainly not least, we have a Smith-Pelly family embrace. Smiles all around.

Looking forward to more photos of families, dogs, and babies in the Cup this offseason!


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Lars Eller was 'not surprised to see that kind of acting' from Brad Marchand in Tom Wilson scrum

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Lars Eller was 'not surprised to see that kind of acting' from Brad Marchand in Tom Wilson scrum

During the first period of Saturday's game against the Boston Bruins, Michal Kempny gave Brad Marchand a little shove following a whistle with 20-seconds left in the frame. Marchand responded with an even greater shove to Kempny's face.

Caps' top line enforcer Tom Wilson came onto the scene immediately, taking exception to Marchand's tiff with Kempny. When Marchand saw Wilson coming after him, he immediately flopped to the ice before Wilson could lay more than an elbow on him. Lucky for Wilson, the referees didn't buy it and neither did anyone on the Caps.

"I'm not surprised to see that kind of acting from him," Lars Eller said of Marchand on The Sports Junkies Monday.

"I think it's good that we back each other up and Tom came over and Marchand...yeah, I don't know what he was doing," Eller said. "He just kind of turtled on the ice there and goes down and Tom barely even touched him."

The Caps came out of Boston with two points, beating the Bruins 3-2 in an overtime shootout victory. They host the Anaheim Ducks Monday night at 7:00 p.m.


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4 things to know for Caps-Ducks: Boyd gets a promotion

4 things to know for Caps-Ducks: Boyd gets a promotion

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Capitals (15-3-4) saw their point streak snapped on Friday, but rebounded on Saturday with a come-from-behind win in Boston. They will look to stay hot on Monday as they host the Anaheim Ducks (10-9-2). You can catch all the action on NBC Sports Washington with Caps FaceOff Live kicking things off at 6 p.m. before Caps Pregame Live begins at 6:30 p.m. to bring you up to the 7 p.m. puck drop. Stick with NBC Sports Washington after the game for Caps Postgame Live, D.C. Sports Live and Caps Overtime Live.

Here are four things to know for Monda’s game.

Boyd gets a bump

Travis Boyd's strong play on Saturday did not go unnoticed by the coaches as he was moved up to the third line at Monday's morning skate, switching spots with Garnet Hathaway.

Here are the lines from the skate:

Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Richard Panik - Lars Eller - Travis Boyd
Brendan Leipsic - Chandler Stephenson - Garnet Hathaway

Michal Kempny - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Radko Gudas
Jonas Siegenthaler -  Nick Jensen

Carl Hagelin was on the ice in a non-contact jersey and will miss his sixth-straight game. Nic Dowd was not on the ice. Todd Reirden said both remain day-to-day, but Hagelin was closer to returning than Dowd. When asked, Reirden acknowledged that Dowd's injury was worse than previously believed.

Holtby vs. Gibson

Braden Holtby will get the start for the Caps. Since his "reset" early in the season, he has been lights out with an 8-0-1 record in his last nine starts with a .924 save percentage. 

Backing up Holtby will be Vitek Vanecek. He was recalled on Saturday to take the place of Ilya Samsonov. Vanecek has a lower cap hit and the team needed that space to recall Boyd.

The expected starter for the Ducks will be John Gibson, a netminder who has established himself as one of the league's best in recent years. This season he is 7-9-0 with a .915 save percentage and 2.83 GAA.

Anaheim’s putrid power play

The Caps have taken 83 minors this season already, tied for the second-most in the league. Limiting power play opportunities for the opposition should always be a priority, but even if Washington gets into penalty trouble this is a game where they may be able to get away with it.

Anaheim's power play is clicking at only 9.1-percent, the second-worst power play in the league. Only the Ottawa Senators struggle more to score on the man advantage.

The Caps’ epic collapse

The last time these two teams met in Washington was Dec. 2, 2018. Midway through the second, the Caps held a 5-1 lead and looked like they would be able to coast to the easy blowout victory. The Ducks had other ideas.

Andrew Cogliano sparked the comeback with a goal just 61 seconds after Dowd made it 5-1. Rickard Rakell scored less than a minute after Cogliano and suddenly a three-goal lead did not seem all that insurmountable. Anaheim would go on to score three more goals in the third period, five unanswered in total, as the Ducks stunned the Caps 6-5. Anaheim did all of this in regulation as well so the Caps did not even get a single point to show for their second period 5-1 lead.