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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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Happy Father's Day: Celebrating Capitals dads from Ovechkin to Oshie

Happy Father's Day: Celebrating Capitals dads from Ovechkin to Oshie

Sunday is Father's Day, a day when we take time to celebrate all the great fathers out there. Luckily, there are plenty of great dads in Washington playing for the Capitals. Here are some of their best dad moments.

Even when the players are on the ice, their kids are not far from their minds. Braden Holtby likes to kiss the names of his kids that are on the back of his mask before a game.

When talking about cute dad moments, you of course have to look at the T.J. Oshie and his family. From teaching Lyla how to ride a bicycle...

...to teaching Leni how to swim...

...to introducing the girls to their new baby brother...

...the Oshie's are always up to something adorable.

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The Carlsons also seem to have a lot of fun, like when John and his wife Gina gave son Rudy the patience challenge...which he failed hilariously.

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We once thought that there was nothing in the world Alex Ovechkin loved more than scoring goals. If you see him with his son, Sergei, however, you realize being a father is what he truly lives for.

Sergei looks well on his way to following in his father's footsteps.

Now they will have to work on baby Ilya's hockey skills.

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Few things are cuter than seeing the Caps dads skate with their little ones, like Evgeny Kuznetsov with his daughter Ecenia.

Though it may have happened in Hershey, Travis Boyd has one of the more inspirational dad moments. Boyd's daughter, Hayden, had to go to the hospital for a bad infection. Boyd went to the hospital on a Sunday and did not leave until Friday morning to prepare for that night's game. He would go on to score four goals in that game. Afterward, he dedicated the performance to Hayden.

Several players also welcomed little ones this year just in time for Father's Day including Nicklas Backstrom (kid No. 3), Nic Dowd (No. 1)...

and Nick Jensen.

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!

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Travis Boyd shows off his incredible new painting and his quarantine hair

Travis Boyd shows off his incredible new painting and his quarantine hair

There are a lot of things that stink about being stuck at home because of the coronavirus, including what it is doing to our hair.

Without being able to go to the barbershop, many people, myself included, are losing control of what's going on up top. Maybe you were lucky and got it cut just before everything was shut down, but the longer this goes on, the crazier our hair is going to get. Just ask Capitals forward Travis Boyd.

Most Caps fans have by now heard of Taylor Kampa Olson. Even if you haven't, you've probably seen her work. She is the extremely talented artist and Caps fan who is best known by Washington sports fans for her paintings of the Caps winning the Stanley Cup. Her latest masterpiece is a painting of Boyd hoisting the Cup, which was a gift to him from his long-time girlfriend, Kelsey DeGonda.

Boyd loved the painting as you can tell from this pic...But oh my gosh, look at that hair!

This coronavirus must be stopped, not just for the health and safety of our loved ones, but also for the sake of our hair!

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