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Capitals vs. Maple Leafs: Former Cap Connor Carrick pesters ex-teammates

Capitals vs. Maple Leafs: Former Cap Connor Carrick pesters ex-teammates

On Thursday night, the Capitals began their chase for the Stanley Cup in the 2017 NHL Playoffs with Game 1 of their first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Capitals got off to a slow start, with the Maple Leafs finding the back of the net twice in the game's first ten minutes. The Maple Leafs were able to get off to a fast start thanks to the play of Connor Carrick.

If that name sounds familiar, it's because it is. Carrick was selected by the Capitals with the No. 137 overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft.

The Illinois native spent three season with the Capitals organization before being traded to the Maple Leafs in a deal that moved Brooks Laich to the Maple Leafs and sent Daniel Winnik to the nation's capital.

On Thursday night, the 5-11 defenseman was all over the ice, giving his former teammates plenty of fits.

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Fans on Twitter was equally as frustrated.

https://twitter.com/normallydan/status/852662689193132033

If the early portions of Game 1 is any indication, this series is going to be mighty chippy between Carrick and his former friends. 

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Trade acquisition Brenden Dillon ‘couldn’t be happier’ to be joining Capitals

Trade acquisition Brenden Dillon ‘couldn’t be happier’ to be joining Capitals

The Capitals made their first significant trade of the season on Tuesday, acquiring defenseman Brenden Dillon from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2020 second-round pick and a conditional 2021 third.

Dillon, who’s spent the last six seasons with the Sharks, was emotional Monday night when asked for his thoughts on potentially playing his last game with San Jose. He choked up during his answer and had to walk away from the media scrum to collect himself.

The mood was a bit different Tuesday when Dillon found out he’d be heading to D.C. to play with the Metropolitan Division-leading Capitals.

“I’m really excited,” Dillon said. “I can’t wait to get out there. I mean obviously the opportunity, the team, the group, what an opportunity.”

The Capitals have been widely rumored to be seeking a defenseman to bolster their blue line and Dillon was an attractive piece as Washington didn’t have to part with a first-round pick in order to get him. After losing six of their last nine games, the Capitals are looking for a spark—and Dillon can’t wait to help get them back on track.

“It’s been crazy, it really has,” Dillon said. “I think just mentally, guys can say, ‘You don’t read this or don’t read that.’ But it wears on you for sure and I’ve just kinda tried to bring the lunch pail to work every day and do my job. But definitely couldn’t be happier to get going.”

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Looking back at an incredible scrap between Garnet Hathaway and Brenden Dillon, now Capitals teammates

Looking back at an incredible scrap between Garnet Hathaway and Brenden Dillon, now Capitals teammates

It might be a little awkward for Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway when Brenden Dillon walks into the building for the first time.

Back in March of 2018, when Hathaway played for the Calgary Flames and Dillon was a member of the San Jose Sharks, the two engaged in a very even tilt that lasted close to a minute long.

Now, they are teammates.

NBC Sports Washington's Craig Laughlin tweeted out a video of the 2018 fight between the then-Calgary and Sharks players upon hearing the news of Washington's newest addition.

The two were both given five-minute penalties for the fight. The Sharks won that game, 5-1. 

Washington traded for Dillon on Tuesday, hoping to bolster their blue line by adding the physical defenseman. 

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