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Caps see point streak snapped in Ottawa

Caps see point streak snapped in Ottawa

Final score: Capitals 0, Senators 3

How it happened: An early shorthanded goal by Chris Kelly set the tone for the entire night. Bobby Ryan would add a second tally in the first period to extend the deficit. With no real offensive pressure to speak of on the night, the wind completely came out of Washington's sails when the Senators took a 3-0 lead in the second period.

What it means: The loss snaps Washington's 14-game point streak and three-game win streak. The loss prevented the Caps from sweeping the three-game season series against the Senators (2-1-0). Washington still sits atop the NHL standings, however, with the Columbus Blue Jackets' loss earlier on Tuesday.


Ottawa goal (shorthanded): Chirs Kelly from Tom Pyatt and Fredrik Claesson at 1:46 in the 1st. A steal in the offensive zone launched Kelly and Pyatt on a two-on-one. Kelly finished off the play with a backhand shot for the goal. Caps 0, Senators 1

Ottawa goal: Bobby Ryan from Fredrik Claesson and Derick Brassard at 4:10 in the 1st. Ryan deflects a point shot from Claesson. Caps 0, Senators 2

Ottawa goal (power play): Zack Smith from Chris Wideman and Ryan Dzingel at 11:57 in the 2nd. Smith beats Grubauer with a tip-in from the high slot. Caps 0, Senators 3

Three stars:

1. Fredrik Claesson: Claesson forced the turnover on the penalty kill that led to Ottawa's first goal. It was also his slapshot that Ryan deflected in to give Ottawa the early 2-0 lead.

2. Daniel Winnik: One of the few bright spots of the game for Washington was Winnik who nearly scored on a shorthanded breakaway in the first period. 

3. Jean-Gabriel Pageau: Pageau played well on the penalty kill, but made his mark in the second period by getting under Alex Ovechkin's skin. After slashing the Caps' captain, Ovechkin wrestled Pageau down to the ice. Matching minors were issued, but Pageau did his job by getting Ovechkin off the ice. 

Look ahead: The Caps will head back stateside for a game in New Jersey on Thursday, their last game before the all-star break.

Tell us what you think: Alex Ovechkin ended up in the penalty box in the second period as frustrations boiled over and he grabbed Jean-Gabriel Pageau by the head. Do you like seeing the captain trying to fire up his team or does Ovechkin need to be more careful and stay out of the box?

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Brian MacLellan got his day with the Stanley Cup over the weekend

Brian MacLellan got his day with the Stanley Cup over the weekend

Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan finally got his day. 

Over the weekend, MacLellan played host to the Stanley Cup, taking it home to his offseason house in Minnesota. 

MacLellan brought the Cup to Powderhorn Park, where a youth hockey tournament was being put on by the Herb Brooks Foundation. 

MacLellean talked with local media about the experience:

"It's a fun day, a fun day to see people react to the Cup," MacLellan told FOX 9 TV. "You know, it brings a lot of smiles to people's faces, people that sometimes don't get a chance to get close to it are getting an opportunity and it's fun to watch them enjoy it."


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This Caps Stanley Cup tattoo has everyone's beat


This Caps Stanley Cup tattoo has everyone's beat

Since the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup for the first time over one month ago, Caps fans, (and players), have rushed to their local tattoo parlor to get some ink commemorating the win.

We've seen the classic Capitals logo with the Stanley Cup, but nothing that comes close to the masterpiece that is Shane Peacher's tattoo.

Peacher tweeted to Joe B and Courtney Laughlin the finished tat: a work of art featuring Alex Ovechkin kissing the Stanley Cup for the first time as it's hoisted over his head.

Joe B replied making sure Shane had enough room on his other tricep for next year.

Shane replied that he's thinking of Evgeny Kuznetsov's iconic celebration that has since been dubbed the "birdman."

Shane got his Caps tattoo at the Helix Tattoo Lodge in Rising Sun, Maryland, by tattoo artist, Justin Holcombe.