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NHL making changes, so say goodbye to Capitals' alternate uniforms

NHL making changes, so say goodbye to Capitals' alternate uniforms

The Capitals have one of the best sets of alternate sweaters in the NHL. Their vintage threads that harken back to the franchise's first two decades of existence are a classic design but presented with modern flare.

But when Adidas takes over for Reebok as the official uniform-maker for the NHL at the start of the 2017-18 season, alternate uniform will be a thing of the past, and not just for the Capitals, but every team in the NHL.

According to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Adidas will only permit each NHL team to have two jerseys, which means many teams will have to part ways with popular alternate sweaters.

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Multiple sources tell the Star Tribune that all NHL teams will be permitted to have only home and road jerseys next season as Adidas takes over for Reebok as the official outfitter of NHL uniforms.

There will be no third jerseys, in order to make the initial implementation of new sweaters easier.

The implementation of new jerseys will be nice, but wouldn't it be possible to add a new jersey without having to get rid of another?

What's wrong with having four jerseys?

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Nicklas Backstrom recounts what it was like the day hockey went dark

Nicklas Backstrom recounts what it was like the day hockey went dark

The last game the Capitals played was March 9 against the Buffalo Sabres. On March 12, the NHL suspended the season. That's how fast things went when the coronavirus began spreading through the United States.

No NHL games had been played in front of an empty arena yet -- Columbus was scheduled to play Pittsburgh in an empty arena that night -- no team had missed a scheduled game and the NHL had only just implemented its new rules preventing media access to locker rooms. We went from the league implementing precautionary rules regarding the media to the complete pausing of the regular season in less than a week.

When things went bad, they went fast. Or, at least it seemed that way from the outside looking in. What was it like for the players?

"It was weird," Nicklas Backstrom said on a video conference. "You're coming in on a game day and trying to get prepared, but at the same time, we were like, 'Is there going to be a game? What's going on? Are we going to play with no fans?' It was just a weird day."

The Capitals were scheduled to host the Detroit Red Wings on March 12, but on March 11, NBA player Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the abrupt postponement of a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Later that night, the NBA postponed all games. The NHL had a scheduled conference call with teams in the afternoon of March 12, but the league did not initially halt the season after the NBA's decision. That meant that teams like the Capitals had to prepare for a game that likely was not going to be played.

"Looking back at it, when we came here that morning, I think we all knew that the game was going to be canceled," Backstrom said. "We were starting to hear about it, the government started shutting down things. We were basically just waiting for the NHL to make an announcement and then NBA had done it before, so we kind of knew it was going to happen."

The morning skate was canceled before the players took the ice. The NHL followed with the announcement that afternoon that the season had been put on pause.

"After that, it was 'Alright, go home. See you later,'" Backstrom said. "So, it was kind of awkward back then, but at the same time, now we know why."

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T.J. Oshie likes his chances if given the opportunity to hit a penalty shot to win the Stanley Cup

T.J. Oshie likes his chances if given the opportunity to hit a penalty shot to win the Stanley Cup

T..J Oshie has some experience in clutch moments when the game is on the line and his name is called.

Thursday, his name wasn't listed in a hypothetical poll on Twitter on which player fans would want to take the final shot if the Stanley Cup was on the line. A shocking omission of one of the most legendary shootout players of all-time.

Even with options such as Alex Ovechkin, Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby, and Patrick Kane, No. 77 insinuated he had a different player in mind.

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Oshie single-handedly defeated Russia at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi over six years ago.

Six times Oshie was sent to the ice in a shootout in a preliminary round match against Russia. He answered the bell four times for another legendary U.S. win over Russia.

Oshie has the fourth-most shootout goals (45) in NHL history, only trailing Kane, (47), Frans Nielsen (49), and Jonathan Toews (50).

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