The reigning Stanley Cup champions seemingly have boat loads of team fun while on the road.
A day after cruising past the Vancouver Canucks (5-2, win) at their place, the team enjoyed a little friendly competition inside an...axe throwing arena.
Forged Axe Throwing is an indoor facility in the countryside of Whistler, British Columbia.
Dressed as lumberjacks, the Caps dove right into their team-building activity.
Andre Burakovsky and Nicklas Backstrom went head-to-head for Swedish bragging rights.
To no one's surprise, Alex Ovechkin is as much of a goal-scorer as he is an axe-thrower.
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But it was T.J. Oshie who walked away with the Forged Axe Throwing title on this day.
Needless to say, Tuesday wasn't your average off day for a National Hockey League team. But as reigning champs, everyday is atypical.
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For two teams that only play each other twice a season and have no regional ties, the Wizards and Warriors have an underrated history between them. There have been thrilling games, memorable moments and a good deal of bad blood between the players.
As far as game results, Golden State has held the upper hand. That sounds about right, given the Warriors have won three of the last four championships. Since John Wall entered the league, the Warriors are 13-2 against Washington.
Before the Wizards take on the Warriors in the Bay Area on Wednesday night (10 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington), take a look back at some of the most consequential games between the teams...
March 23, 2013 - Klay vs. John
A lot of people forget about this one. Back in March of 2013, long before the Warriors became a dynasty, Wall was ejected for a confrontation with Klay Thompson at Oracle Arena.
While they were each chasing a loose ball, Thompson shoved Wall to the ground with his shoulder and Wall took offense. Before the ball was inbounded for the next play, Wall went up to Thompson and confronted him with a healthy amount of trash-talk.
The refs saw it and sent Wall to the showers. The Wizards ended up losing the game.
Feb. 28, 2017 - Durant gets hurt in his return to D.C.
Kevin Durant made the surprising decision to join the Warriors in the summer of 2016 and few fanbases were more shocked than those of the Wizards, who had long seen their franchise as a logical landing spot for the hometown star. Durant didn't make his return to Washington with his new team until February of that season, and his homecoming didn't last long.
Just 1:33 into his night, Durant suffered a knee injury when teammate Zaza Pachulia fell into him in a game against the Wizards. The injury initially appeared to be very serious, though Durant was able to return just over a month later.
One of the worst parts about it all was that Pachulia clearly flopped unnecessarily on the play. Another reason to hate flopping.
April 2, 2017 - Jennings vs. JaVale
Neither of these guys are still on the teams at play, but this was a good one. Late in the 2016-17 season, the Wizards were getting blown out by the Warriors when center JaVale McGee decided to shoot a three from the corner.
Wizards guard Brandon Jennings thought that crossed the line of good sportsmanship. Golden State was up big and there is an unwritten rule in basketball not to run up the score at the very end.
So, Jennings pushed McGee to the ground and afterwards both had a series of entertaining quotes about the matter. A league-wide debate about unwritten rules also broke out in the ensuing days.
Among the things said in the aftermath, Jennings pointed out how he could have done more.
"Thank God he didn't go to the rack," Jennings said. "It probably would have been worse for him... I'm old school. Like I said, he better be glad he shot that three and didn't go to the rack."
Oct. 27, 2018 - Draymond vs. Brad
Wizards fans should remember this well because it was the most recent spat between the teams. On Oct. 27 of last year, Bradley Beal and Draymond Green were both ejected for a fight at Oracle. It started after a missed shot with the Wizards on offense as both players were jockeying for position to grab the rebound.
They got tangled and ended up falling out of bounds into the stands in a tussle. Many players joined in on the fun.
Amazingly, neither Beal or Green were suspended. Others weren't as lucky, including Markieff Morris and Carrick Felix who stepped onto the court when they were supposed to remain on the bench.
None of this is to suggest the Wizards and Warriors will be at each other's throats on Wednesday night, but history suggests it should be an entertaining game.
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