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Daniel Winnik scores first two home goals of Capitals season

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Daniel Winnik scores first two home goals of Capitals season

Raise your hand if you had Daniel Winnik scoring the Caps’ first two goals at Verizon Center this season.


Well, that’s exactly what happened as #26 channeled his inner #8, scoring twice to put the Capitals up 2-1 in the second period against the New York Islanders.

Winnik opened the scoring in the first period as he deflected a long-range wrister out of the air and into the back of the net past Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss.

But he wasn’t done. In the second period, Winnik found himself one-on-one on the outside with Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic. Winnik cut to the inside causing Hamonick to blow a tire and fall to to the ice. He then finished off the play with a nice deke to beat Greiss again and put the Caps ahead.

Winnik has never been a prolific scorer, his career high for a season is 11, but he sure looked like one Saturday. In fact, Winnik has found more offensive success since being traded to Washington last season just prior to the team’s trade deadline.

In today’s NHL, teams need to get scoring from multiple lines. Getting two goals from the fourth line is a luxury few teams enjoy.

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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.