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Caps fan from Scotland gets to live out dream by seeing team in person

Caps fan from Scotland gets to live out dream by seeing team in person

Billy Lang waited a long time before seeing his first Capitals live in person, but the wait appears to have been worth it.

Lang, a Scotland native, has been in Washington this month for the chance to watch his favorite NHL team play live in person for the first time.

On Tuesday night during the Caps’ 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild, he joined the CSN broadcast periodically throughout the game to talk about the experience.

“A dream come true,” Lang told CSN’s Jill Sorenson.

“For anybody from Scotland to be able to come over here and see the team, I can’t even find the words to put out. It’s amazing.”

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Lang, a Caps fan for the past 22 years, said he became a fan at age 7 when he was given a Dale Hunter jersey and a Peter Bondra stick. “From there on, I just knew this was my team,” he said.

Sorenson spoke with Lang before the game, as well as during the first, second and third periods.

Early in the second period with the Caps leading 1-0, he called Alex Ovechkin’s goal, which ended his 10-game goal drought. During the third period with the Caps clinging to a 3-2 lead, Jay Beagle scored the insurance goal he said he was hoping for in the win.

Between the second and third periods, Lang also happened to run into Bondra.

“I was shocked,” Lang said. “I couldn’t believe my eyes after all the years I grew up watching him as a kid. I finally got to see him and I laughed. Out of all places.”

For Lang, Tuesday night was his fourth Capitals game after attending the team’s three previous home games earlier this month against the Devils (March 2), Flyers (March 4) and Stars (March 6). To date, the Caps have gone 3-1 in those games.

Lang has been staying with Robin Unzicker, a Caps fan herself, during his visit.

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Capitals defensive prospect Aaron Ness stable after scary injury in Hershey playoff game

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Capitals defensive prospect Aaron Ness stable after scary injury in Hershey playoff game

In their first game against the Bridgeport Tigers to kick off the 2019 Calder Cup playoffs, the Hershey Bears lost blueliner Aaron Ness to a serious injury in the third period.

After Travis St. Denis put pressure on Ness from behind, Ness lost an edge and slid into the goal post and then crashed head-first into the boards, where he was seemingly knocked unconscious. He laid motionless for a few moments as he received attention from medical personnel.

The 28-year-old was stretchered off the ice and transported to Bridgeport Hospital, where he underwent further evaluation. Bears play-by-play announcer Zack Fisch later reported through Dan "Beaker" Stuck that Ness was awake and alert at the hospital and getting x-rays, according to Chocolate Hockey.

The Bears posted an update on Twitter Saturday in regards to his status, saying that he is in stable condition and is expected to be released. It's unclear when he will return to action, but it likely won't be anytime soon.

Ness, one of Hershey's six alternate captains, had 50 assists and 55 points in 71 games with the Bears in the regular season. He has three points in 18 games up in the NHL with Washington.

After the Sound Tigers tied the game following the Ness injury to force OT, Kieffer Bellows scored in double overtime to lift Bridgeport to a 3-2 win to take Game 1 of the series. St. Denis has been suspended one game for the hit, according to NHL.com's Tom Gulitti.

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'Canes Svechnikov says Ovechkin asked him to fight first in Game 3

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'Canes Svechnikov says Ovechkin asked him to fight first in Game 3

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the Game 3 fight between Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov and Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin. Finally, though, Svechnikov shared his side of the story Saturday.

The Russian forward returned to the ice for the Hurricanes' morning skate prior to Game 5, then told the media that Ovechkin was the first to ask him to fight before the two dropped the gloves. They exchanged a couple of punches before Ovechkin knocked out Svechnikov, which ultimately put him in concussion protocol and kept him out of the lineup.

"He ask me first for fight," Svechnikov told Tom Gulitti of NHL.com. "I'm not a superhero, ask first for fight... I said yes. I just want to stand up for myself."

Sara Civ, The Athletic's Hurricanes beat reporter, also said that Ovechkin apologized to Svechnikov after the game.

Svechnikov is hopeful to return to Game 6, but will not return to the lineup Saturday. Gulitti reported that he was in a yellow (probably non-contact) jersey and was sporting a full cage at practice.

Washington and Carolina square off for Game 5 at 8 p.m. Saturday on NBC.

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