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Capitals lend a hand on new playground


Capitals lend a hand on new playground

While nearly 300 other NHL players are in New York trying to build a bridge between the players union and the leagues owners, Capitals Mike Green, Brooks Laich and Nicklas Backstrom are in Old Town Alexandria today helping more than 200 volunteers build a playground.

Through the collaborative efforts of So Kids Can, KaBOOM!, the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority and Washington Capitals Charities, the 500 block of North Royal St. is being transformed from an old, little-used playground into a colorful new play area in the span of about six hours.

Funds for the S.T.A.R.S. Playground at Hopkins-Tancil Court were raised through So Kids Can, a nonprofit created in 2008 by Green and Elliot Segal from the Elliott in the Morning show. Since its inception So Kids Can has raised more than 200,000 for various youth-oriented organizations.

Ive always wanted to work with kids, Green said, and I liked to play on the playground when I was a kid. And here I am now building them.

Green, 26, grew up in Calgary, Alberta, the middle child of Dave and Kate Greens three children. When his parents werent carting him from rink to rink, they were encouraging him and his brother and sister to go outside and play.

All the time, he said. I was never inside. We were either playing street hockey or soccer or something.

Thats what Green wants for every boy and girl, regardless of the diversity of their neighborhoods.

They can sit and play Nintendo all day long, he said. You can only play that so long until your eyeballs dry out.

Greens push for kids to be physically active is a vision shared by Darrell Hammond, who in 1996 created KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit dedicated to saving play. Hammond founded the nonprofit in Washington with a goal of creating a place to play within walking distance of every child in America.

Since then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 89,000 places to play and has built or re-built more than 2,100 playgrounds.

The Old Town Alexandria playground is the second built by KaBOOM!, the Capitals and So Kids Can, and is one of more than 150 playgrounds across the country that will be built by KaBOOM! in 2012.

The design of the S.T.A.R.S. playground is based on drawings created by children who participated in a Design Day event in August. The build began at 9 a.m. today and is expected to be completed with a ribbon-cutting ceremony around 3 p.m.

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How to watch Capitals vs. Avalanche: Time, TV channel, live stream

How to watch Capitals vs. Avalanche: Time, TV channel, live stream

The Washington Capitals bounced back from a disappointing loss to the Nashville Predators, where they gave up four leads in a 6-5 contest, with a commanding 4-1 win against the Dallas Stars on Saturday night to end a three-game losing skid. Now, they welcome the Colarado Avalanche to town Monday night. 

The Avalanche have gotten off to a perfect 4-0 start this season, a record which was preserved in a 3-2 overtime win against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night. Ex-Capitals left winger Andre Burakovsky netted the game-winner while goaltender Pavel Francouz stopped 34 of 36 shots. 

Washington's John Carlson notched a goal and an assist while Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his second goal of the year in the win against Dallas, while Ilya Samsonov impressed in his second career start in net. He's now stopped 49 of the first 51 shots faced in his young NHL career. The Caps will look for their key contributors to perform against the undefeated visitors.

Here's everything you need to know about Monday evening's game, with the opening face-off coming at 5:00 p.m. live on NBC Sports Washington.  

Capitals vs. Avalanche: How to watch

What: Washington Capitals vs. Colarado Avalanche, Game 7 of the 2019-20 NHL Regular Season

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington D.C. 

When: Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: The Capitals vs. Avalanche game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports channel finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals at Predators on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.

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4:00 PM: Caps FaceOff Live

4:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live

5:00 PM: Avalanche @ Capitals Live

7:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live

8:00 PM: D.C. Sports Live

8:30 PM: Caps Overtime Live

Capitals vs. Avalanche Injury Report

Capitals: D Michal Kempny, hamstring injury, day-to-day

Avalanche: C J.T. Compher, lower body, day-to-day; D Ian Cole, hamstring, day-to-day


Michal Kempny, D, Washington Capitals: The defender could make his season debut as he recovers from a hamstring injury. He felt good after an optional practice on Sunday and said if he doesn't play Monday, he'll be back soon enough. His return will bring a boost to the defensive backline for the Caps. 

John Carlson, D, Washington Capitals (2 G, 8 A, 10 Pts): Carlson has been quite the provider from up top on offense, leading the NHL in assists along with points leader Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers. Nobody else has more than four assists on the Capitals. 

Andre Burakovsky, LW, Colarado Avalanche (2 G, 2 A, 4 Pts): Burakovsky not only scored the game-winner Saturday night against Arizona, but also nothed an assist and had four shots on goal. After spending his first five seasons in the nation's capital, the Avalanche traded second and third-round picks in the 2020 NHL Draft and forward Scott Kosmachuk for his services in June. 


Number of meetings: 85

All-time series record: Caps lead 44-32-9

Last meeting: Caps won 4-3 (OT) (4/7/19)

Last 10: Caps lead 9-1


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John Carlson reps the Nationals' batting helmet after winning Capitals' 'hard hat' award

John Carlson reps the Nationals' batting helmet after winning Capitals' 'hard hat' award

It's like winning is contagious or something.

Everybody likes to be a part of winning, and that's all the Washington Nationals seem to be able to do lately.

No one has been a bigger supporter of the Nationals' magical postseason run than the Washington Capitals, who have been awarding a Nats' batting helmet to players with standout performances. After a victory on the road in Dallas, John Carlson became the latest Capitals player to don the Curly W.


Carlson earned the award after ripping a wrist shot in the second period that put the Caps up 2-0.

He joins rookie defenseman Martin Fehervary and rookie goalkeeper Ilya Samsonov as the team's game-MVPs so far in the season. Fehervary and Samsonov won the helmet after the Capitals' first two victories. 

The award comes at a time when Washington's professional sports teams have rallied around each other. In addition to the hard hat award, the Nationals cheered on the Washington Mystics while flying to St. Louis, as the Mystics won the WNBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.