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Tarik's 3 Stars: Kings, Quick crown Caps

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Tarik's 3 Stars: Kings, Quick crown Caps

The Caps, fresh after four days off, got the strong start they were seeking thanks to a goal from Evgeny Kuznetsov just 4:04 into Thursday’s game. But Kuzy and Co. failed to close the deal. The Kings’ fourth line struck twice in the span of nine seconds midway through the second period, and Jonathan Quick took it from there, locking down a 5-2 victory for the visitors.

The defeat halted the Caps’ winning streak at three games and spoiled the start of a season-long five game homestand for Washington.  

Tarik’s three stars of the night:

1-Jonathan Quick, Kings

The veteran Los Angeles netminder was the difference in this game, outdueling Braden Holtby, whose giveaway led to the Kings’ second goal. Quick made a highlight reel pad stop on Jakub Vrana in the first period, but he saved his best for the final frame. With about eight minutes remaining and the Kings clinging to a 3-2 lead, Quick, already down in the splits, dived back to thwart Christian Djoos with his arm.

2-Evgeny Kuznetsov, Capitals

Kuzy registered his second two-goal game of the season, tallying in the first and second periods. On his first goal, he controlled a pass from Dmitry Orlov and put a nice move on Quick. On the second, No. 92 made a crafty play. He raced into the zone with speed, slammed on the brakes at the top of the circle, waited for traffic to develop in front of Quick and sniped the puck past the netminder’s blocker.

Kuznetsov now has eight goals in 26 games. He didn’t get his eighth goal until Jan. 26th last season.

3-Dmitry Orlov, Capitals

Orlov set up Kuznetsov’s first goal by picking off an errant pass in the neutral zone and then making a decisive, accurate pass to Kuzy on the fly.

The assist was Orlov’s 100th of his career. No. 9 now has helpers in three of the last four games. He also skated 24:21.  

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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

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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.

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