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Caps on verge of getting one forward back from injury, send another to Hershey

Caps on verge of getting one forward back from injury, send another to Hershey

Brett Connolly said he expects to return to the Caps’ lineup when they host the Oilers on Sunday.

The 25-year-old winger has missed the last seven games with the first diagnosed concussion of his career.

With Connolly returning, the Caps sent Liam O’Brien back to Hershey on Saturday morning. O’Brien did not record a point in three games while seeing limited minutes.

As for Connolly, he said he’s not sure which line he’ll be assigned to vs. Connor McDavid and the Oilers since Saturday’s practice was optional. 

Wherever Connolly lines up, though, his goal will be the same: get off to a strong start.

“I’m looking to come in right away and have a good game and build off of that,” he said.


Prior to getting hurt against Vancouver, Connolly had registered a goal and an assist in nine prior games.

“My start to the year has been ‘okay’,” he said. “There’s a lot of year left and I just want to come in here and have some good vibes about my game and get going right away. Hopefully I can do that tomorrow.”

Connolly, however, isn’t the only injured Capital who’s nearing a return.

Defenseman Matt Niskanen, who’s been out since suffering an upper body injury Oct. 13, traded his non-contact jersey for a normal one on Saturday. Toward the end of practice, he participated in some light 2-on-2 work where he got jostled around a bit. Assuming there’s no setback, that’ll signal yet another significant step in his recovery. 

Niskanen won’t play against Edmonton, but it would seem possible that he could see some action on next week’s road trip to Nashville and Colorado.

Meanwhile, Tyler Graovac also skated Saturday but isn’t quite ready to suit up yet. He’s been sidelined with an upper body injury since Oct 17.


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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

After lifting the Stanley Cup just over two months ago, something else very exciting has happened in Alex Ovechkin's life.

Saturday morning, Nastya and Alex Ovechkin welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Sergei, after Ovechkin's late brother. 

Ovi spent this week practicing at the Florida Panthers' facilities with other NHL players living in the surrounding area.

After the Cup's visit to Moscow, Nastya and Alex settled down at their apartment in Miami, staying put and preparing for the birth. 

The couple were married two years ago but didn't hold an official ceremony until July of last year. The celebration was as lavish as you'd expect.

She revealed her pregnancy shortly after the Cup victory, and has kept us up to date on life this summer via Instagram. A few weeks ago, the Ovechkins graced HELLO! Russia magazine, showing off Nastya's baby bump among their glamour shots.

💛 @aleksandrovechkinofficial #hello #hellorussia @hello__ru

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Congratulations to Ovi and Nastya, and all our best wishes for health and happiness!


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Capitals draft pick admits he is...a Flyers fan


Capitals draft pick admits he is...a Flyers fan

Say it ain't so.

Mitchell Gibson is the first goalie the Capitals have drafted since Ilya Samsonov in 2015, but they may be thinking twice about their selection after a recent shocking interview.

Gibson spoke with a local Philadelphia CBS station and revealed that both he and his family...are Flyers fans.

Insert dramatic music.

"I think my family will always be Flyers fans in their hearts and I guess I will be a little bit," Gibson admitted, hopefully with guilt in his voice.

Gibson was selected by the Caps in the fourth round of the 2018 draft, but clearly the scouts did not do their homework. It's as if Gibson grew up a hockey fan in a place like Phoenixville, Pa. (about an hour outside of Philadelphia) without anticipating the future that he may one day be drafted by a rival team like Washington.

Shame, shame.

The young netminder tried to make up for his horrifying admission later in the interview.

"The Capitals are definitely treating me well right now so I would like to be their goalie," he said.

A likely story.

Gibson is only 19 and set to begin his first collegiate season at Harvard in 2018 so at least there is still time for Gibson to overcome his shameful past. And hey, it could always be worse. At least he's not a Penguins fan.