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Remembering the highlights of each of the Capitals' American players

Remembering the highlights of each of the Capitals' American players

The Capitals have a superstar Russian, an incredible Swedish center, a Canadian netminder, but the team also boasts several American players as well. On the 4th of July when American celebrate the birth of our nation, lets put down the barbecue, apple pie and fireworks for a few minutes to remember some of the top highlights from each of the team's Americans.

Travis Boyd: 4 goals for Hayden

In Feb. 2018, Boyd turned hardship into an inspirational moment. While with the Hershey Bears, Boyd's daughter, Hayden, developed a serious infection and had to go to the hospital. Boyd went with her on a Sunday and did not leave until Friday morning to prepare for that night's game, a game in which he would score four goals.

John Carlson: The golden goal

Carlson has numerous highlights from his career with the Caps, but on Indepence Day it seems only fitting to look back at his biggest goal for his country. Carlson represented Team USA in the 2010 World Junior Championships which was hosted by Canada that year. USA made it all the way to the final where the played the host nation. Tied at 5 through regulation, Carlson scored the golden goal off a 2-on-1 as he caught the goalie leaning anticipating the pass.

Nic Dowd: Historic penalty shot

In Game 5 of the Caps' series against the Carolina Hurricanes in 2019, Nic Dowd was slashed by defenseman Dougie Hamilton while he was in alone on goalie Petr Mrazek. Dowd was awarded the first penalty shot of his career and he delivered, dekeing right to open up Mrazek's pads and tucking the puck through the 5-hole. In addition to being his first penalty shot goal, the goal was also Dowd's first-career playoff point.

The goal also had some historic significance for the team as it was Washington's first ever playoff penalty shot goal.

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Garnet Hathaway: Shows his toughness against the Rangers

On Oct. 18, the Caps hosted the New York Rangers and it proved to be an pretty epic night for Hathaway. He was knocked out of the game in the second period with a broken nose after a big hit from Jacob Trouba, came back in the third, drew a cross-check, fought Brendan Smith (again, with a broken nose), the Caps scored on the resulting power play and Hathaway returned to score the empty-netter.

That’s a pretty unbelievable game.

Nick Jensen: Assisting on goal No. 700

Jensen has been with the Capitals for about a year and a half, but he will forever be linked to the team's greatest franchise player thanks to one assist.

Against the New Jersey Devils on Feb. 22, Jensen grabbed a loose puck behind the offensive goal line and sent it back behind the net to keep the offensive cycle going. That allowed Evgeny Kuznetsov to find Alex Ovechkin who scored career goal No. 700.


T.J. Oshie: T.J. Sochi

Who could forget about Oshie's incredible performance at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi?

Playing against Team Russia, USA leaned heavily on Oshie in the shootout. He would score four times on goalie Sergei Bobrovsky as USA walked away victorious.

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Key questions for the 2020 postseason: What will the Caps' top-four on defense look like?

Key questions for the 2020 postseason: What will the Caps' top-four on defense look like?

The 2020 postseason will be unlike any other and, as a result, there are a lot of unknowns. As the July 10 start to training camp approaches, let's look at the biggest unknowns facing the Capitals.

Today's question: What will the Caps' top-four on defense look like?

The key weakness for the Caps all season has been the defense, namely the right side of the second pair. Washington has one of the best right defensemen in the NHL in John Carlson and then two bottom-pair right defensemen in Nick Jensen and Radko Gudas. What they are missing is a second-pair right defenseman.

Jensen, who was a deadline pickup in 2019, has struggled to adjust to the Caps, but finally looked like he was starting to gel with Dmitry Orlov just as the season paused. The question now is will he be able to pick up where he left off if and when play finally resumes?

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The team looks pretty set on the left. Brenden Dillon has stepped in and very quickly took a spot on the top pair left of Carlson. The benefit there was moving Michal Kempny to the third pair as he has struggled this season. With Dillon, Orlov and Kempny, that's a strong trio on the left. Jonas Siegenthaler is also a left defenseman, but can play on the right as well. As much as the defense has struggled, really the key is that second pair because they certainly appear to otherwise have the personnel to be successful. They need Jensen to continue stepping up because, if he can't, there really is no good answer for what to do at that position.

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Orlov has long been touted as a player who can play on either side, but I have yet to see him look comfortable playing on the right side at all this season. When Dillon was acquired, general manager Brian MacLellan was very clear that he saw him only as a left defenseman. Gudas is a right defenseman, but Jensen has outplayed him for the majority of the season so it seems unlikely that he would prove to be a better solution than Jensen against tougher competition.

Maybe a team can get by with a suspect third pair, especially considering the attrition that goes on in the playoffs. Other players will most likely be needed at some point and teams adjust accordingly. But having a hole in the top-four is a glaring weakness and the only real answer the team has is Jensen.

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Capitals defenseman Nick Jensen becomes a dad on St. Patrick's Day

Capitals defenseman Nick Jensen becomes a dad on St. Patrick's Day

Nick Jensen is officially a dad and it is sure to be a lucky little baby. Jensen and his wife, Jenner, welcomed in their first child, Lorenzo Luck Jensen, on Tuesday, St. Patrick's Day.

No, they did not go with the obvious choice of "Patrick" as the name, but he does have the middle name of "Luck" which was likely an ode to the date.

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💙 Lorenzo Luck Jensen 💙

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The Capitals also announced congratulations to the family via Twitter.

Congratulations to the Jensen's on their new little lucky addition!

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