Rapper Lil Wayne is a huge sports fan. He has performed at Floyd Mayweather fights, sat courtside at the NBA All-Star Game and starred in a commercial during Super Bowl 50.
A man who's seen so many great athletes might be hard to impress, but even Weezy was wowed by Alexander Ovechkin's hat trick Thursday night against the Minnesota Wild. The Capitals wing found the net three times for the 14th (!) hat trick of his career.
And you better believe Mr. Wayne was watching:
"Just a Beast Onna Ice" sounds like a great title for a Caps-themed mixtape, just in case Wayne is reading this.
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In what was an injury-filled day for the Capitals, the exclamation point of the night on Wednesday was a vicious body slam by Winnipeg Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey to T.J. Oshie.
Late in the game, Oshie skated to the corner of the offensive zone after the puck while locked in a physical battle with Morrissey. Morrissey checked Oshie into the boards, then, as he was falling back, Morrissey slammed Oshie down to the ice. Oshie appeared dazed after the play and now Morrissey may have to answer for the play.
The Department of Player Safety announced Thursday that Morrissey will have a hearing for what it calls interference/unsportsmanlike conduct on Oshie. A date and time for the hearing have not yet been determined.
Chances are, Morrissey is not going to walk away from that hearing unscathed.
The DPS already set precedent for a similar hit earlier in the season when Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson slammed Vancouver Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson to the ice. Matheson was suspended two games for the play.
Matheson’s suspension was a matter of some debate within the hockey community. Some say Matheson was only finishing his check and the play looked worse than it was because Pettersson is only 176 pounds, nearly 20 pounds lighter than Matheson. Morrissey will not be able to make that argument considering both he and Oshie are listed at 195 pounds by their respective teams.
Also working against Morrissey is the fact that he is a repeat offender after he was suspended in the 2018 playoffs for a cross-check to Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal.
With no practice on Thursday, it is unclear if Oshie has suffered any injury from the play, something else the DPS takes into consideration when determining suspensions. Considering his concussion history, however, seeing him slammed to the ice in the manner he was on Wednesday was a troubling sight.
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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! #ALLCAPSPosted 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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