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VIDEO: Former Capital cross-checks linesman, claims accident

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VIDEO: Former Capital cross-checks linesman, claims accident

Calgary Flames defenseman -- and former Washington Capital -- Dennis Wideman could be in a whole lot of trouble.

In Wednesday night's game against the Predators, Wideman cross-checked linesman Don Henderson from behind, sending the official face first into the ice. 

Wideman had just been checked into the boards and seemed to be in pain as he headed toward the bench. Henderson was in Wideman's path with his back turned when the player raised his stick and made contact, knocking an unsuspecting Henderson off his skates. 

The ex-Cap was not penalized and both men finished the game. 

Here's the video of the incident.

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While the hit could appear intentional, Wideman insists it was not. 

Via ESPN:

"I took a pretty good hit down in the corner and had some pretty good pain in my shoulder and neck," Wideman said. "I was just trying to get off the ice and kind of keeled over. At the last second, I looked up and saw [Henderson] and couldn't avoid it. I went up to Donnie and apologized to him on the ice.

"I didn't see him. I didn't know where to go and how to get out of the way. I've been around for a few years, and I think I've treated every official with the utmost respect, and I would never intentionally try to hit a linesman or a ref. It was completely unintentional, and I already apologized to him."

The NHL is in the process of reviewing the incident to determine any discipline. 

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Capitals fan travels to Antarctica to remind actual penguins who the Stanley Cup champions are

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Capitals fan travels to Antarctica to remind actual penguins who the Stanley Cup champions are

Trolling the Pittsburgh Penguins in any way, shape or form is fun.

Even if we're talking about literal penguins.

Sampson Coe, a Centreville Md. native and avid Caps fans, traveled all the way to the Antarctica Peninsula to remind actual penguins who the Stanley Cup champions are.

Coe posted a photo of himself on Facebook rocking a red Stanley Cup champions t-shirt with the caption, "Travelled all the way to Antarctica just to remind the penguins in person that we got the cup!"

Travelled all the way to Antarctica just to remind the penguins in person that we got the cup! #ALLCAPS

Posted by Slampson Ko on Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Coe and his wife are in the middle of a one-year sabbatical that's taking them around the world. 

“Been planning something along those lines since we booked the trip last year, well before the boys lifted Lord Stanley," Coe told the Washington Post.

“[We] had to pack light given the amount of ground we’re covering, so I only have a few T-shirts in the rotation,” Coe said. “I made damn sure that the Caps and Nats were represented.”

While those cute penguins must have been very confused, Caps fans will certainly love Coe's commitment. 

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NHL goalie for a day: University of Manitoba assistant Gavin McHale suits up as emergency goalie for the Caps in Winnipeg

NHL goalie for a day: University of Manitoba assistant Gavin McHale suits up as emergency goalie for the Caps in Winnipeg

Wednesday’s game in Winnipeg was a complete nightmare in terms of injuries for the Caps. There was a silver lining, however, as the Caps' nightmare turned into a dream night for local goalie Gavin McHale.

Prior to the game, the team announced Pheonix Copley would get the surprise start due to an upper-body injury to Braden Holtby. Head coach Todd Reirden said after the game that Holtby suffered the injury while working on the ice with goalie coach Scott Murray earlier in the day.

There is an emergency goalie available at every game for either team in case of situations such as the one the Caps faced Wednesday. The most famous example came in March when Scott Foster, a 36-year-old accountant, not only dressed for the Chicago Blackhawks but actually had to play when the team lost both Anton Forsberg and Collin Delia to injury.

With only one healthy goalie on the roster and no time to recall anyone from Hershey to get to Winnipeg, the Caps had to call on Winnipeg’s emergency goalie. Enter Winnipeg native McHale.

To their credit, the Caps made the best of a bad situation and welcomed McHale with open arms.

“I think the biggest thing is just every guy in here was so nice to me and made me feel so good, just to be a good person, it’s a really important piece of what hockey players are,” McHale said. “This is a pretty successful team last year so to be welcomed in like that in a bit of a crazy situation was a pretty nice feeling.”

“Pretty successful last year”? OK, bit of an understatement there, but sure.

Anyway….

McHale, 31, is the goaltending coach for the women’s hockey team at the University of Manitoba. The last time he played competitive hockey was in 2014-15 as a member of the Warren Mecs from the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League.

He also may or may not be a Jets fan.

“I’m not at liberty to say that right now,” McHale said.

Interestingly enough, lightning has struck twice for McHale as this was not the first time he has been called upon to be a backup in an NHL game. He suited up for the Colorado Avalanche in February as the emergency goalie when Jonathan Bernier appeared to suffer an injury against the Jets. Somehow, McHale did not get to keep his jersey from that night. This time, hopefully he will able to save his Caps sweater as a keepsake.

“If I get to keep it, it’s getting framed really fast,” McHale said. “There’s a couple puck marks on it too actually surprisingly.”

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