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'Step Brothers' and no haircuts: Go inside the Capitals' team photo shoot

'Step Brothers' and no haircuts: Go inside the Capitals' team photo shoot

For the second straight year, Justin Williams had some fun on team picture day at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

But this time the veteran winger enlisted a little help from Andre Burakovsky, who joined Williams in going for the big-hair, bedhead look.

The result was comic gold, and perhaps the latest fashion trend.

“It’s all fun,” Williams said afterward. “Every team picture always looks the same. So ours is going to look a little different.”

Williams pioneered the bedhead-on-picture-day move as a member of the Kings and brought the tradition with him to Washington.

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“I was thinking about maybe doing something else, but that would have taken a lot of effort,” Williams cracked.

Burakovsky, meanwhile, has a reputation for being very particular about his hair. But that all went out the window earlier this season when he made a bet with teammate Marcus Johnasson.

Burakovsky declined to divulge the details of the bet, other than to say it involves avoiding a barber’s chair until the Capitals’ final game has been played.

It’s been nearly five months since his last haircut.

“My hair doesn’t get long. It gets big,” Burakovsky said before adding with a tinge of regret: “Obviously right now, it’s not even possible to do something to it. I just wear my toque every day and hide it.”

So how did Burakovsky (and his poofy hair) end up next to Williams in the team photo?

Glad you asked.

“Justin just came up to me a couple of weeks ago and said, ‘Hey we need to do this together’,” Burakovsky explained. “It’s going to be awesome if we sit next to each other.’ So we went for it.”

Awesome, indeed.

At first glance, it would seem the two men have little in common. After all, Burakovsky is 22 years old and was raised in Sweden. Williams is 35 and was born in Ontario. That all said, they’re pretty tight, according to Coach Barry Trotz.

“Those guys are brothers—Burakovsky and Williams,” Trotz said. “They’re little brother and big brother.”

Williams acknowledged that Monday’s pose was inspired by the poster for the Will Ferrell movie ‘Step Brothers.’

“There’s something to that,” Williams said. “Burky’s nickname is sometimes ‘Dale’.”

Dale, of course, is the character played by John C. Reilly in the 2008 comedy.

Burakovsky tried to downplay how much work went into getting his hair photo-ready. He claimed that he used no products; he just ran his fingers through it.

Williams, on the other hand, was not ashamed to detail how he prepared his perfectly crafted coif. He washed it the night before and then combed it out—repeatedly—before taking his spot on the riser.

“I did it in L.A. one year,” Williams said with a gaggle of cameras and reporters gathered around.

“But it certainly didn’t get the attention it’s gotten here. I’m at the podium talking about it.”

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Twitter reacts to Alex Ovechkin tallying his 700th career goal

Twitter reacts to Alex Ovechkin tallying his 700th career goal

With 4:50 remaining in the third period of the Capitals' loss to the Devils, Alex Ovechkin became the eighth player in NHL history to reach 700 goals. Deservingly so, Twitter exploded into an absolute moshpit of excitement and appreciation for Ovi's milestone:

As you can hear in these clips the crowd at Prudential Center broke out into soccer-style Ovi chants.


The Devils' crowd gave Ovechkin a standing ovation, the atmosphere after goal 700 was electric. 

This should go without saying but Caps Prom was lit for Ovi's 700th. Manifestation is key.

Now that the weight of 700 is seemingly in the rearview mirror hopefully, the Caps can get back to their winning ways. 

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Ovechkin scores 700, but Caps still fall in New Jersey

Ovechkin scores 700, but Caps still fall in New Jersey

Alex Ovechkin's historical tally was not enough on Saturday as the Capitals fell 3-2 to the New Jersey Devils. Washington has now lost six of its last seven games as the team continues to skid.

Here is how the Caps lost.

No goals on two early power plays

For a Caps team in desperate need of getting right, they had two golden opportunities to take control against a weak team shedding all of its best players. Tom Wilson drew a roughing call from Connor Carrick at 2:36 and less than a minute after the power play expired, Travis Zajac put Washington right back on the power play with a high-stick to Michal Kempny.

Despite two early opportunities, the Caps did not score a goal and failed to build any offensive momentum at all.

A misplay by Eller

Richard Panik was hooked in the offensive zone and lost the puck, but Dmitry Orlov picked it up and passed to Lars Eller. Eller attempted a soft backhand pass to Carl Hagelin that was picked off by Damon Severson. At that moment, Jesper Bratt bolted down the ice and Severson delivered the pass to send him on the breakaway which Bratt scored after faking a shot to freeze Ilya Samsonov and deking around him.

Todd Reirden was displeased after the goal and benched Eller and Michal Kempny for the remainder of the first period.

Jensen loses his man

Defending against a New Jersey power play, Nick Jensen had to deal with Wayne Simmonds, who parked himself next to the net. That's where Simmonds likes to work and he is very effective there.

Nikita Gusev delivered a pass to the front of the net, but Jensen, anticipating the shot, went down to a knee. He remained there when Bratt tried to redirect the puck on net. The redirect was weak and from the high slot, an easy save for Samsonov had it gotten to him. Instead, it deflected off of Jensen and right to Simmonds who buried the puck.

Third-period penalties

New Jersey gave Washington two power plays to work with in the third period in a tie game. The Caps did not score on either and then returned the favor by giving up two power plays of their own. Evgeny Kuznetsov was called for hooking and Michal Kempny was caught slashing Kyle Palmieri just 71 seconds later.

Damon Severson scored with 1:59 remaining in the game to give New Jersey the 3-2 lead.

Net-front pressure

Washington fired 34 shots on goal for the game so you may be tempted to think a hot goalie stoned them. That's not what happened. Washington did not get nearly enough pressure in front of the net and fired far too many shots from too high in the zone to effectively challenge New Jersey netminder Mackenzie Blackwood.

When Tom Wilson parked himself in front of Blackwood on a power play in the second period, the Caps scored. There was not nearly enough of that on Saturday.

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