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Prediction recap: Halak plays spoiler against Caps yet again

Prediction recap: Halak plays spoiler against Caps yet again

The Caps were blanked on Thursday in a 3-0 loss to the New York Islanders. Did it play out as expected?

Here’s a recap of the three bold predictions.

1. The Caps will trail at the end of the first period - Wrong

It was a bit of a sleepy start for the Caps who were initially outshot 10-5 through the first 13 minutes of the first period, but Washington turned things on later in the period, firing six shots on goal in the final seven minutes. Justin Williams came within one-tenth of a second of giving the Caps the 1-0 lead in the final second of the first period, but the goal was overturned and the game remained scoreless through the first frame.

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2. Jakub Vrana will register an assist, but not a goal - Wrong

Vrana was held off the scoresheet altogether, but played well in his NHL debut. He registered four shots on goal for the game, including the Caps’ first shot on goal with a spinning backhand low on Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak.

3. Caps will score more than two goals - Wrong

Halak has struggled all season long, but he put those struggles behind him on Thursday. He just seems to have Washington’s number as he once again came up big in a 38-save performance to shutout the Caps. Washington didn’t do themselves any favors with a sputtering power play that went 0-for-6 on the night, but it was clearly Halak’s best game of the season.

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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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