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Caps fans thrilled to welcome Nate Schmidt back to DC

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Caps fans thrilled to welcome Nate Schmidt back to DC

Nate Schmidt was beloved by Caps fans for his great hair, his smile and his general positivity, not to mention his dependability on the ice. 

When the young defendseman was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights as a part of the expansion draft in June it was disappointing for the Capitals, but saying goodbye to Schmidt was even harder for the fans.

Sunday's game against the Golden Knights was Schmidt's first time back to DC since his move to Vegas.

Schmidt became a fan-favorite in Washington, D.C. in short order, and it wasn't a facade. Schmidt is an eternally happy person, and the response from the Capitals fans on Sunday was evidence of this.

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Prior to the game, Caps fans eagerly awaited Schmidt to come out for warmups with signs and #88 jerseys, cheering as he took the ice.

Schmidt was equally as happy to return, saying he had a blast in Washington and is thankful to see familiar faces again.

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The Capitals formally welcomed Schmidt back with an announcement during the first period.

Las Vegas is having a surprisingly successful season for an expansion team.

They lead the Pacific Division by a wide margin and are second overall in the NHL. Schmidt has been a significant contributor to the success, recording 4 goals, 18 assists, 22 points so far this season and averaging 22:30 minutes per game.

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Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

The Stanley Cup is not the only trophy that will be awarded at the end of the Stanley Cup Final series between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. The Conn Smythe will also be given to the player deemed the most valuable to his team during the playoffs.

Who will that player be?

It's not hard to figure out who the frontrunner is right now. Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't just been the best goalie in the playoffs, he's been the best player with a dominant postseason in which he has posted a .947 save percentage and four shutouts. He has been so dominant, he could win it even if Vegas loses the series.

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

The last player from the losing team to win the Conn Smythe was Jean-Sebastian Giguere from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003.

But what about the Caps?

Alex Ovechkin is the leader of Washington and has been absolutely dominant throughout the postseason. He even scored the series-clinching goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Surprisingly, however, Ovechkin does not lead the team in points through the playoffs. Evgeny Kuznetsov holds that edge with 24 points to Ovechkin's 22.

Will their offensive dominance propel them to win the Cup and the Conn Smythe? Will a different player emerge as the hero of the series?

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

The Washington Capitals official #ALLCAPS hashtag started in 2017 during a Caps-Penguins game after the Pittsburgh Penguins' official Twitter account decided to tweet in all lowercase letters during the game. 

Now, as the Caps look to face the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final ahead of Game 1 Monday, Vegas has followed suit by changing their iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign to include only lowercase letters, a jab at the Capitals #ALLCAPS.

Additionally, the City's official Twitter account has changed their handle to "the city of las vegas" without any capital letters and the hashtag #nocaps.

It will be interesting to see how the Capitals' official Twitter will respond...

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