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Caps look to close Nassau Coliseum with Game 6 win


Caps look to close Nassau Coliseum with Game 6 win

On Saturday, the Capitals will take to the ice on Long Island with a chance to closeout the series and move on to the next round. Game 6 will have even more meaning for the New York Islanders, however, because it could very well be the last game ever played at Nassau Coliseum.

The stakes could not be higher.

"It shouldn't be [hard to get motivated], and if you can't, you're in the wrong profession and wearing the wrong sweater," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "We have great fans, been a great building all year."

The Islanders will make the move to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn next season meaning the place the team has called home since 1972 will be closing its doors after the postseason. With the Islanders in the playoffs, each playoff round could be the Coliseum's last.

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If New York hopes to host any more games at Nassau after this Saturday, they will need to win Game 6.

"We're going back home to a rocking building with the fans that have supported us all year," Islanders forward Anders Lee said, "and we know they'll be there strong for us, and we're going to need them."

The Islanders fans made headlines for all the wrong reasons during Games 3 and 4, but following their Game 5 win there was a measure of enthusiasm among the Caps for their return to Nassau.

"I can't wait to get back to the Island," Tom Wilson said. "It’s going to be great. It’s going to be a great game. As much hatred as I’ve gotten from those fans, you know what? It’s passion and I like to think it’s all for the good of the game."

While the stakes may be high for the Islanders and their fans, the Caps made clear that closing the doors on Nassau was the last thing on their minds.

"You've just got to treat it like a normal game," Nicklas Backstrom said. Braden Holtby echoed those sentiments.

"If we're focused, we're not worrying about the other team, the fans, the refs, anything like that," he said.

While the Caps may not be taking notice of the historical implications of Saturday's game or thinking about Nassau Coliseum's swan song, make no mistake, the team is focused on making sure there's no return trip to Washington for Game 7.

Said Wilson, "It’ll be good to get in there again and get to business and hopefully close the series out."

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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.

💛 @aleksandrovechkinofficial #hello #hellorussia @hello__ru

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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.