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Todd Reirden still fired up at 'Canes coach for 'unprofessional' exchange with Tom Wilson

Todd Reirden still fired up at 'Canes coach for 'unprofessional' exchange with Tom Wilson

The Hurricanes eliminated the Capitals during last year's playoffs. Alex Ovechkin knocked out 'Canes Andrei Svechnikov during last year's playoffs. There's still some heat between these two teams, but Saturday's home opener against the Hurricanes just got a lot more interesting.

During the Caps' final preseason game against the 'Canes Sunday, Tom Wilson received a 10-minute game misconduct after he went after Carolina's bench. Wilson told media members after the game that Carolina head coach Rod Brind'Amour chirped him from the bench.

Four days later, Caps head coach Todd Reirden is still fired up over the "extremely unprofessional" exchange.

“To me, it’s a very unprofessional quality of a coach, and it’s an unwritten rule in the coaching world, is that once you can no longer play hockey, and you have to wear a suit behind the bench, now if you have a problem with the other team, if you have a problem with something that they’re doing, then you talk to their coach if you have a problem with it," Reirden said on The Sports Junkies Thursday. "You don’t talk to their players, because you can’t go out and do anything about it."

Reirden said that this is not the first time Brind'Amour has chirped at one of the Capitals' players.

"He did it last year during the playoffs as well, so it was something I was, to be honest with you, ready for and when it happened, I didn’t let it go," Reirden said.

Following the period, Reirden said he immediately crossed the ice to have some choice words with Brind'Amour.

“One thing that was not on video was me, after the period, going towards their bench to talk to their coaches and as soon as that period was over, I went across the red line and had some choice words for their coach, not for their players," Reirden said.

However, Reirden wasn't able to address his concerns with Brind'Amour himself, who ran off the ice following the period.

“I had to go through the assistant coach because he was running off the ice and I’m like, ‘make sure you send him this message,'" Reirden said.

Reirden made sure he got his message across, but said it did not go over well with Carolina's assistant coach.

 “We had a pretty heated exchange," Reirden said. "It was fun.”

Known for his composure on the ice that can sometimes appear a bit too calm to some fans, Reirden said he does not hold back when it comes to backing his players.

“A lot of people don’t really know that side of me very much but you know at times, I think it’s important to have composure," Reirden said. "During the game, I certainly know when cameras are on me and not on me when I do things, so it’s important that you give across that message and I was unhappy with that so I dealt with it in the only way that I could which is address their bench.”

Chirping and fights are part of the game, but when it comes from coaches who can't "answer for any questions or comments that you wanna make" on the ice as Reirden says, it's indefensible.

“I think a lot of former players that have played the game, they sometimes forget that they no longer are a hockey player, and that’s off-limits,” Reirden said.

The Capitals play the Hurricanes for their home opener Saturday at 7:00 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington, which promises to be an impassioned game.

“That’s something that will add to our home opener against them," Reirden said.

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Kuznetsov tips in OT winner for Caps' 6th straight simulation win

Kuznetsov tips in OT winner for Caps' 6th straight simulation win

A two-goal rally for the Minnesota Wild forced overtime, but Evgeny Kuznetsov proved to be the hero for the Capitals in a 4-3 win in the latest NHL 20 sim. The win is Washington's sixth straight simulated win.

Result: Caps 4, Wild 3 OT

1st period

0-1 Wild goal: Joel Eriksson Ek from Mats Zuccarello and Zach Parise

2nd period

1-1 Caps goal: Jakub Vrana from Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie

2-1 Caps goal (power play): Evgeny Kuznetsov from Tom Wilson and Dmitry Orlov

3-1 Caps goal: Alex Ovechkin from Nick Jensen and Nicklas Backstrom

3rd period

3-2 Wild goal: Joel Eriksson Ek from Zach Parise and Ryan Suter

3-3 Wild goal: Alex Galchenyuk from Kevin Fiala and Mikko Koivu

Overtime

4-3 Caps goal: Evgeny Kuznetsov from Alex Ovechkin and John Carlson


How the Caps won

1. The second period

Minnesota held a 1-0 lead after the first, but Washington rallied to take control with three goals in the second period. Jakub Vrana got things started with a backhand goal off his own rebound less than three minutes into the second frame. Later in the period, Tom Wilson forced a kick-out save from goalie Devan Dubnyk and the rebound went right to Kuznetsov on the back door for the open net. Alex Ovechkin made it 3-1 with a breakaway goal.

2. Rebounds

This was not Dubnyk's best game. All three of Washington's regulation goals came off of rebounds and Dubnyk showed poor rebound control, giving the puck up in high-danger areas. Even on Ovechkin's breakaway goal, Dubnyk denied the initial opportunity but Ovechkin was able to grab his own rebound and backhand it in.

3. A critical faceoff

Kuznetsov won the opening faceoff to start overtime and that was it. That was the game. Kuznetsov would go on to score on that first shift to win the game as the Caps never gave up possession of the puck. They controlled it from the faceoff to the goal ensuring Minnesota never had an opportunity to win it.

Next game

The Caps were scheduled to play the Florida Panthers on the road Saturday. The game will be simulated with NHL 20 on NBC Sports Washington at 7 p.m.

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T.J. Oshie invites fan to Caps game after he made every NHL team's logo out of dominos

T.J. Oshie invites fan to Caps game after he made every NHL team's logo out of dominos

A young Caps fan who has spent the last week making all 31 NHL team logos out of dominos got a shoutout on Twitter and an invite to a game from his favorite player, T.J. Oshie. 

Alex, the 12-year-old behind this project, created a Youtube video which shows all of the domino creations in action. 

The video ends with Alex decked out in a Caps jersey talking about the hard work required to accomplish this feat. 

He also explains that Oshie is his favorite player and that he planned to see the Capitals play at home this season, but the pause on the NHL season caused a change in plans. 

Alex’s incredible work came to Oshie’s attention when his brother reached out to him on Twitter and linked Alex’s video. 

Not only did Oshie respond to Alex’s brother's tweet with praise, but invited the brothers to a Caps game when the season resumed. 

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