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Capitals' Braden Holtby says he's OK after scary collision in practice

Capitals' Braden Holtby says he's OK after scary collision in practice

TORONTO—Braden Holtby gave everyone quite a scare Wednesday morning when he went down briefly following a collision with Marcus Johansson.

Holtby, however, quickly shook off the effects of the bump and finished the morning skate with no visible ill-effects.

“I’m fine,” Holtby said later. “Just a practice play. It happens. You get hit sometimes; it’s hockey.”

Holtby, the expected starter in Game 4, was tending the net during drills when he got bumped up high by Marcus Johansson as the winger cut through slot.

A hush fell over the Air Canada Centre as Holtby fell to the ice. But after collecting himself, Holtby jumped to his skates and resumed facing shots. Johansson and Coach Barry Trotz each came over to check on Holtby.

“I was like, okay, let’s go check this out,” Trotz said, asked what went through his head when he saw Holtby go down. “Obviously, I think they just laughed it off.”

Trotz added: “I didn’t even see it, I was looking down at the other end and then all of a sudden it got quiet and I was like, ‘Okay.’ …Like anybody, when your goaltender gets bumped over, your heart stops for a second.”

Johansson, obviously, was relieved that Holtby was fine.   

“It wasn’t a very hard hit,” Johansson said. “You never want to see that happen. But he’s alright … it’s practice. Stuff happens.”

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Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

The Stanley Cup is not the only trophy that will be awarded at the end of the Stanley Cup Final series between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. The Conn Smythe will also be given to the player deemed the most valuable to his team during the playoffs.

Who will that player be?

It's not hard to figure out who the frontrunner is right now. Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't just been the best goalie in the playoffs, he's been the best player with a dominant postseason in which he has posted a .947 save percentage and four shutouts. He has been so dominant, he could win it even if Vegas loses the series.

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

The last player from the losing team to win the Conn Smythe was Jean-Sebastian Giguere from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003.

But what about the Caps?

Alex Ovechkin is the leader of Washington and has been absolutely dominant throughout the postseason. He even scored the series-clinching goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Surprisingly, however, Ovechkin does not lead the team in points through the playoffs. Evgeny Kuznetsov holds that edge with 24 points to Ovechkin's 22.

Will their offensive dominance propel them to win the Cup and the Conn Smythe? Will a different player emerge as the hero of the series?

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

The Washington Capitals official #ALLCAPS hashtag started in 2017 during a Caps-Penguins game after the Pittsburgh Penguins' official Twitter account decided to tweet in all lowercase letters during the game. 

Now, as the Caps look to face the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final ahead of Game 1 Monday, Vegas has followed suit by changing their iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign to include only lowercase letters, a jab at the Capitals #ALLCAPS.

Additionally, the City's official Twitter account has changed their handle to "the city of las vegas" without any capital letters and the hashtag #nocaps.

It will be interesting to see how the Capitals' official Twitter will respond...

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