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Capitals call up two forwards to make up for Zach Sanford

Capitals call up two forwards to make up for Zach Sanford

A day removed from the Washington Capitals massive trade for Kevin Shattenkirk, the team has recalled forwards Jakub Vrana and Riley Barber from the Hershey Bears.

Bringing up the two forwards are in response to the team dealing Zach Sanford to St. Louis for the stud defenseman. One of the two are expected to getting playing time to fill into Sanford's spot in the lineup.

Vrana is returning to the Capitals after playing in 12 games so far this season for Washington. Recording a goal and two assists already, the NHL rookie made his debut back in Dec. 1, scoring his first goal not too long after against Buffalo. However, the 21-year-old has not been with the Capitals since being sent back to the Bears after the game on Dec. 27.

With Hershey, the 2014 first round draft pick has registered 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists) so far this season. 

Barber will be playing in his third game this season after making his NHL debut with the Capitals on Feb. 24. Drafted by the Capitals in the sixth round of the 2012 NHL Draft, the 23-year-old has spent a majority of his time in the minors and was named the Hershey Bears' Rookie of the Year last season with 33 goals and 34 assists. This season has not been as productive for Barber (seven goals, five assists) since he has been dealing with an upper body injury that caused him to miss 35 games. 

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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.