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Among the adjustments Shattenkirk still needs to make: Remember secret handshake with Oshie

Among the adjustments Shattenkirk still needs to make: Remember secret handshake with Oshie

Sunday's game was Kevin Shattenkirk's third with his new teammates, but it was the first with his old one. T.J. Oshie returned to the lineup after a four-game absence allowing the two to reunite on the ice for the first time since Oshie was traded from St. Louis.

"It was great," Oshie said. "We were chatting all day."

Oshie and Shattenkirk were teammates on the Blues from the end of the 2011 season through the 2014-15 season. While Shattenkirk works to adjust to his new team, having a former teammate to work with should have brought instant chemistry.

Both players quickly realized, however, that there was one very important aspect to their game they needed to work on.

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"With my former team I had kind of a secret handshake with almost everyone on the team," Oshie said. "It took us until before the third period until we could remember what ours was."

You can adjust to the power play or a new defensive partner on the fly, but when you don't have your secret handshake down it throws the whole team out of sync.

Luckily, Oshie and Shattenkirk were able to work through it.

"It took us awhile to figure it out," Shattenkirk said. "We were in the locker room each period trying to figure out what we used to do years ago, but we finally got it down pat."

Washington was held scoreless through the first two periods of the game. Once Oshie and Shattenkirk finally got the handshake down, however, the Caps scored twice.


"We got it right finally," Oshie said. "That's good. It's all coming back. It's great to battle with him again."

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

After lifting the Stanley Cup just over two months ago, something else very exciting has happened in Alex Ovechkin's life.

Saturday morning, Nastya and Alex Ovechkin welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Sergei, after Ovechkin's late brother. 

Ovi spent this week practicing at the Florida Panthers' facilities with other NHL players living in the surrounding area.

After the Cup's visit to Moscow, Nastya and Alex settled down at their apartment in Miami, staying put and preparing for the birth. 

The couple were married two years ago but didn't hold an official ceremony until July of last year. The celebration was as lavish as you'd expect.

She revealed her pregnancy shortly after the Cup victory, and has kept us up to date on life this summer via Instagram. A few weeks ago, the Ovechkins graced HELLO! Russia magazine, showing off Nastya's baby bump among their glamour shots.

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Congratulations to Ovi and Nastya, and all our best wishes for health and happiness!


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Capitals draft pick admits he is...a Flyers fan


Capitals draft pick admits he is...a Flyers fan

Say it ain't so.

Mitchell Gibson is the first goalie the Capitals have drafted since Ilya Samsonov in 2015, but they may be thinking twice about their selection after a recent shocking interview.

Gibson spoke with a local Philadelphia CBS station and revealed that both he and his family...are Flyers fans.

Insert dramatic music.

"I think my family will always be Flyers fans in their hearts and I guess I will be a little bit," Gibson admitted, hopefully with guilt in his voice.

Gibson was selected by the Caps in the fourth round of the 2018 draft, but clearly the scouts did not do their homework. It's as if Gibson grew up a hockey fan in a place like Phoenixville, Pa. (about an hour outside of Philadelphia) without anticipating the future that he may one day be drafted by a rival team like Washington.

Shame, shame.

The young netminder tried to make up for his horrifying admission later in the interview.

"The Capitals are definitely treating me well right now so I would like to be their goalie," he said.

A likely story.

Gibson is only 19 and set to begin his first collegiate season at Harvard in 2018 so at least there is still time for Gibson to overcome his shameful past. And hey, it could always be worse. At least he's not a Penguins fan.