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Beagle returns to practice

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Beagle returns to practice

Jay Beagle’s long wait to return to the Capitals’ lineup following Jan. 2 hand surgery is nearing an end.

Beagle, 30, practiced Saturday in a non-contact gray jersey, exactly seven weeks after surgery to repair his left hand, which he uses to grip the top of his stick.

Beagle did not take line rushes.

The Caps’ line rushes and defense pairings looked like this in preparation for tonight’s game against the Devils (7 p.m., CSN):

Forward lines

Alex Ovechkin – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Justin Williams

Andre Burakovsky – Nicklas Backstrom – T.J. Oshie

Jason Chimera – Marcus Johansson – Tom Wilson

Brooks Laich – Mike Richards – Michael Latta

Extra: Stan Galiev

Defense pairs

Karl Alzner – Matt Niskanen

Nate Schmidt – John Carlson

Brooks Orpik – Dmitry Orlov 

Extra: Taylor Chorney

Goaltenders

Braden Holtby (starter) – Philipp Grubauer

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Heroes on the ice: Every Capitals player's superhero character

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Heroes on the ice: Every Capitals player's superhero character

Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the Washington Capitals!

It's not hard to picture your favorite athletes as superheroes. What the Caps are able to do on the ice seems almost superhuman at times.

Heck, they even have uniforms!

SEE EVERY CAPITALS PLAYER'S SUPERHERO CHARACTER HERE

But the similarities don't just end with the physical attributes and abilities. When you begin to really think about each player, you can see a lot of similarities between each of them and some well-known superheroes.

If each Caps player was a superhero, which one would they be? Check out each player's superhero character here.

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Dmitry Orlov dazzles his hometown of Novokuznetsk with the Stanley Cup

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Dmitry Orlov dazzles his hometown of Novokuznetsk with the Stanley Cup

Friday featured Dmitry Orlov and his jam-packed schedule with the coveted Stanley Cup.

The 27-year-old native of Russia decided to take the Cup to Novokuznetsk (located in the southwest region of Siberia) for a meet and greet with fans by the Ferris wheel at Gagarin City Park.

It should be mentioned that Orlov's day with the trophy was nearly derailed after a travel glitch that sent the Cup to Novosibirsk instead of his hometown. 

Thanks to the ultimate assist from a helicopter, the Cup arrived in style and set up one memorable entrance for the defenseman. 

Orlov released this hype video which highlights his entire day on Instagram: 

Дорогие друзья! Огромное спасибо, что разделили с нами наш праздник! Для нас это значимое и большое событие! Ещё раз приносим искренние извинения за задержку с кубком! И спасибо за понимание, мы старались сделать все максимально быстро! Спасибо за тёплый приём! Нашим родным, друзьям, тренерам, отдельная благодарность! Вы сделали наш праздник, наш день! Мы никогда не забудем этот праздник! P.S. Лена @govor_elena , тебе и твоим родным, отдельная благодарность, если бы не ваша помощь, то не известно когда бы кубок был в Новокузнецке!

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Talk about a banner weekend for the Washington Capitals. The Ovechkins welcomed their new son, Sergei Aleksandrovich, into the world and Orlov pulled off yet another spectacular day with the Cup.

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