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Prediction recap: Capitals defense steals the show against Canucks

Prediction recap: Capitals defense steals the show against Canucks

The Caps shutout the Vancouver Canucks 3-0 on Sunday for their fourth straight win.

Here's a recap of the three bold predictions.

1. The Caps will score four or more goals - Wrong

Washington came within one, but it actually wasn't all that close considering goal No. 3 was an empty-netter. Jacob Markstrom played well for Vancouver keeping the Canucks in the game, but the Caps won this game because of a strong defensive performance.

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2. Both Sedins will register a point - Wrong

Vancouver may not be a great team, but there's no denying the talent of the Henrik and Daniel Sedin. In two games against the Canucks, the Caps have held both Sedins without a point. That's no small feat. Tom Wilson, meanwhile, scored twice in those two games.

3. Alex Ovechkin will score a goal - Correct

Ovechkin snapped his seven-game goal drought thanks to his first-period power play tally. The pass came in behind Ovechkin so he could not wind up for the one-timer, but he still had plenty of time to corral the puck and fire off the wrister past Markstrom. That was some loose defending by the Canucks. Ovechkin should never have had that kind of time to work with on the power play and this goal shows why.

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10 changes that would make the NHL better

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10 changes that would make the NHL better

Hockey is one of the most incredible, compelling sports in the world. As fun as it is to watch on TV, it is even more compelling in person and fans in North America are treated to the best hockey in the world as played in the NHL.

But the NHL's not perfect.

SEE THE 10 CHANGES THAT WOULD MAKE THE NHL BETTER HERE

Just like every sports league, the NHL is always adjusting and making changes to the game in order to improve it through things like rule changes, expansion, playoff formats, etc.

No sport is perfect and hockey is not without its flaws, but there are a number of clear changes that could be made that would improve both the game and the league.

 SEE THE 10 CHANGES THAT WOULD MAKE THE NHL BETTER HERE

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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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