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What the Caps' 2018 Eastern Conference Finals win was like for one young fan

What the Caps' 2018 Eastern Conference Finals win was like for one young fan

So, I’m getting off the plane in Tampa for Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals. I’m excited about continuing our coverage of this amazing Caps playoff run. I’m still on a high from the Kuzy goal to knock the Penguins out. Or, as John Walton so perfectly said, “The demons have been exorcised!” Anyway, I’m kind of lost in my own world.

As I’m getting off the ramp, I see a young kid looking my way. I have my headphones in. I’m probably listening to some old Grateful Dead show on my phone. I’m not really paying attention.

Then he waves. I figured his mom or dad were coming off the plane behind me. Then we lock eyes. He waves again. Now I realize he’s waving at me. I’m a little confused.

But I wave back. I take my headphones off and he says, “Hi, I’m Martin. I recognized you on the plane. You’re the guy from the intermissions!” (Editor's note: Carlin also hosts Caps' pre and postgame shows on NBC Sports Washington.)

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We stood and talked for a minute. He told me his dad bought him & his mom tickets to Game One. He’s 10 years old and a huge Caps fan. I took a picture of him with a thumbs up. His mom asks if she can take a picture of the both of us. We do. We shake hands and they start to walk away.

I’m a few steps behind them as I see Martin’s mom give him a little hug. The kind of hug a parent gives their kid when something really cool has happened. I know that hug. As a sports fan and now a parent, I’ve been on both sides of that hug.

I tap them on the shoulder and say, “If you think that was cooler for him than it was for me, you’re crazy!" I was Martin once. I know what it’s like to love your team so much that you even know the TV broadcasters. For true fans, the broadcasters are all part of the nightly experience. I don’t take that responsibility for granted. I’m now a part of a Caps fan experience. That’s the most important part of what I do.

Martin is now doing sports updates on YouTube. He wants to be a broadcaster one day. I hope he makes it. Although, as I told him, I just don’t want him to take my job any time soon.

When we wanted to get a fan’s perspective of that Tampa series, Martin was the obvious choice. We hope you enjoy that Cup run through his eyes.

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Capitals will stay at same hotel in Toronto as Penguins, Flyers

Capitals will stay at same hotel in Toronto as Penguins, Flyers

The hotel assignments for the NHL postseason were released Thursday and the Capitals will be bunking up with their two biggest rivals. Washington will be in Hotel X in Toronto along with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins. The remaining seven teams from the Eastern Conference will be in the Fairmont Royal York.

While this sounds juicy, the precautions set in the return to play protocol means there will be almost no interaction between the teams.

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Each team will have its own floor of the hotel and each player will have their own individual room. No one is allowed in a player's room except for hotel housekeepers and engineers. The spa, steam room and sauna will be closed and a daily schedule will be set up for the hotel fitness center. Players are expected to practice social distancing if they visit the hotel's restaurants and bars. There are even rules for the elevator. Players will have to stand on floor markers placed to ensure they still remain distant and talking is prohibited.

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While the Caps may be stuck in the same building with their biggest rivals, those teams may as well be on Mars given the great lengths to which the NHL is going to in order to make sure the teams remain separated.

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Alex Ovechkin selling ‘We Will Skate Again’ t-shirts and masks to help local community

Alex Ovechkin selling ‘We Will Skate Again’ t-shirts and masks to help local community

Alex Ovechkin will be selling custom "We Will Skate Again" t-shirts, face masks and neck gaiters with all proceeds going toward foundations in the DMV community, the Capitals announced in a press release Thursday.

The products, which can be purchased at the Ovechkin's online store, feature his signature logo. The shirts also have the phrase "We Will Skate Again" written across the front. Here's a look at some of the designs from the press release:

Money raised from t-shirt sales will be donated to the Tucker Road Ducks and The Tucker Road Parent Hockey Organization. The youth hockey team from Prince George’s County, Md., tragically lost their ice rink in 2017 due to a fire. The organization is working to rebuild it, while also striving to make hockey available for kids of any economic background. 

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Proceeds from the masks and neck gaiters will go to the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation's “Feeding the Frontlines” fund, which was created as a way to help those in the community who are dealing with the negative impact of COVID-19.

Ovechkin and the rest of the Capitals are gearing up for the beginning of training camp on July 13 as the NHL gets closer to a return.

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