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Caps' Brouwer plays in front of 15,000

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Caps' Brouwer plays in front of 15,000

Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer gets it.

He understands why so many hockey fans are so upset that the game they love is being held hostage with $3.3 billion in annual revenue held as ransom.

He knows that while the NHL owners and players are squabbling over percentages, real people are dealing with issues far greater.

Brouwer knows this because he is one of those professional athletes who is first in line when it comes to hospital visits and volunteering at charity events  

On Friday night, Brouwer laced up his skates and played a charity hockey games with a bunch of former Blackhawks teammates, man of whom won a Stanley Cup together in 2010.
 
For what it’s worth, Brouwer’s Team Chicago lost to Team World in a shootout by a 16-15 score. And while it might have been a game abhorred by defensive-minded NHL coaches, it drew close to 15,000 fans and raised $323,500 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

“We’re going through a tough time [with the lockout],” Brouwer told CSNChicago.com, “but … it’s pretty miniscule compared to what some people are going through. That’s what we were trying to raise money for. To get all the old guys back was fun. To do it for a good cause was even better.”

Speaking of good causes, Caps forward Matt Hendricks was doing his part Sunday night in Minneosta, where he joined Zach Parise and a handful of other NHL players in a game to benefit the families of U.S. military members. As we noted in a recent story about Navy Seal Bo Reichnbach, Hendricks is a strong supporter of the military.

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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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