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'I look so damn good': Beninati, Laughlin humbled, thrilled by their bobbleheads

'I look so damn good': Beninati, Laughlin humbled, thrilled by their bobbleheads

The legendary duo of Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin will soon be immortalized with their very own bobblehead on Saturday as part of a giveaway for a blood drive being held at MedStarCapitals Iceplex. You can get a good sense of the personalities of the two from their reaction when they first heard about the bobblehead.

"I think it's incredible, I'm totally flattered by it," Beninati said.

"About time," Locker said. "Everyone else has one, I figured I've got longevity here. I thought I would've had one sooner."

"Just kidding," he quickly added.

It's that sense of humor and contrasting personalities that has endeared the duo to Capitals fans for so long. Beninati and Laughlin have been paired together on NBC Sports Washington's Capitals game broadcast since 1994.

Because of their place within the Caps community, it is perhaps no surprise to see them get the notable honor of a bobblehead. Despite the initial jokes, both broadcasters were incredibly honored when approached with the idea.

"It's cool that we were asked to have one," Laughlin said. "I think it's very cool if you get a bobblehead. I thought all the players had got one so I thought maybe someway in the years to come we might have a chance to get one."

Both have enjoyed the process as well.

"The cool thing is I've seen it change from like a clay formation to an early mockup to, ok let's put some paint on it," Beninati said. "I had no idea that these things change so radically from the original first blush look to the finished product."

Both Beninati and Laughlin were shown various iterations of the bobblehead and offered their critiques. The bobblehead was then updated each time leading to the final product which will be given out to participants at Saturday's blood drive.

"It's very tough to get realistic," Laughlin said. "It's a mold, they're doing different things, we went back and forth, I said well I hold my mic in this hand so they changed that, I'm sure Joe had a lot of changes to his."

Beninati indeed had a few suggestions, but not just for his own visage.

While both were thrilled with how the bobblehead began to develop, Beninati could not help but notice just how...young Laughlin looked.

"I was the one who was critiquing his side of the bobblehead the whole time," Beninati said. The biggest question he had: "What are you doing with Locker's hair?"

"It's probably me when I played back in the playing days, but I like it," Laughlin said.

There's a lot of brown hair on that bobblehead which...may not be the most accurate depiction of Laughlin's current look.

"He's laughing because it's Locker minus 30 years which is what he will lord over me and continue to razz me about for the rest of time," Beninati said. "He'll look at it and he'll just start laughing and that's enough, that's what he does."

"I think I look so damn good, so young, way better than Joe B. and that's why I want a single of myself," Laughlin said. "I'm going to cut mine in half."

Regardless of how many years it may have shaved off of Laughlin, it's all in good fun and for a great cause.

The blood drive will be held on Saturday at MedStar Capitals Iceplex from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the time of writing, every appointment for whole blood, double red cell and platelet donations was full.

"We've been blessed for a long, long time.," Beninati said. "The fans have treated us very, very well. Most importantly, I'm hoping that the blood drive is extremely successful. It's something obviously that's needed."

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Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne believes Alex Ovechkin will catch Wayne Gretzky

Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne believes Alex Ovechkin will catch Wayne Gretzky

During the Caps big win over the Carolina Hurricanes Monday night, Alex Ovechkin passed Finnish great Teemu Selanne on the all-time goal list, bringing him to 11th overall. He currently stands at 689 goals and his next target on the list is Pittsburgh Penguins star Mario Lemieux at 690.

With Ovechkin closing in on yet another goal-scorer, Selanne took to Twitter to say that he believes Ovechkin will be the one to pass Wayne Gretzky's mark of 894 goals.

Selanne isn't the only one who believes the Great Eight can catch up to the Great One. Nicklas Backstrom thinks his captain can do it, Sidney Crosby agrees with that assessment,  and the Great One himself said that Ovi has elevated the way the game has been played with his goal-scoring pursuit.

Ovi's take on it all? That if he's able to complete the feat he'll retire immediately. Ovi needs 205 more goals to reach that mark.

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Capitals at Islanders Game 49: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, how to watch

Capitals at Islanders Game 49: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, how to watch

The Capitals travel to Long Island to take on former head coach Barry Trotz and the third place New York Islanders.

Washington is coming off a win against the New Jersey Devils, while the Isles dropped their most recent bout with the New York Rangers.

Can the Caps pull off the win, or will Trotz get revenge against his former team? Tune in to find out.

CAPITALS-ISLANDERS GAME 49: HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals at New York Islanders

Where: Nassau Coliseum, East Garden City, New York

When: Saturday, January 18, 1:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Capitals-Islanders game will be broadcast on NBC Sports. (NBC Sports channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Islanders on NBC Sports live stream page.

Radio: Caps Radio 24/7

CAPITALS-ISLANDERS TV SCHEDULE:

12:00 PM: Caps Faceoff Live

12:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live

1:00 PM: Capitals @ Islanders (LIVE)

2:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live

3:00 PM: Caps Overtime Live

CAPITALS-ISLANDERS INJURY REPORT:

Capitals: None

Islanders: RW Cal Clutterbuck, wrist, out indefinitely

LW Michael Dal Colle, upper-body injury, day-to-day

D Adam Pelech, achilles, out indefinitely

CAPITALS AT ISLANDERS PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Alex Ovechkin, F, Capitals (31-16-47)

Ovechkin notched his 25th career hat trick against the New Jersey Devils, and stands third in the NHL's goal scoring race behind David Pastrnak and Auston Matthews. 

Mat Barzal, F, Islanders (17-22-39)

The Islanders' All-Star forward is having another stellar season, and leads the team in points again.

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