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Brenden Dillon explains why he dropped the gloves with Evgeni Malkin

Brenden Dillon explains why he dropped the gloves with Evgeni Malkin

Brenden Dillon endeared himself quickly to Capitals fans when, in just his third game with Washington, he dropped the gloves with Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin. Though it was not technically a fight as both players were only issued double-minors, it was a fight in every other sense of the word with both players taking swings and connecting.

Yeah, that's a fight.

As it was just his third game, it was surprising to see Dillon jump headfirst into the rivalry the way he did.

There is some history between Pittsburgh and the San Jose Sharks, as Dillon noted in an interview with NBC Sports Bay Area's Brodie Brazil.

"Going back to 2016, obviously the Sharks players, we have a little bit of history with Pittsburgh," he said, referencing the 2016 Stanley Cup Final between the Sharks and Penguins.

That helped, but in fact, Dillon had little trouble adjusting to the new rivalry as this was exactly the kind of game Dillon loves to play.

"[The Capitals] obviously have a lot of history with Pittsburgh and being in the same division," Dillon said. "Guys were trying to give me a rundown, like hey this is a big game, these ones are usually physical, it's a big rivalry. And I was like, OK, this is my kind of game, you know? A lot of skating and physicality and it just happened to be Malkin. I mean, it could have been anybody who was kind of jamming at the goalie. Next thing you know, it was kind of gloves off."

Dillon has shown he is not afraid to stick up for his new teammates. He also fought Ryan Hartman of the Minnesota Wild giving him two fights -- well, one fight and one double-minor for roughing -- in just 10 games with Washington.

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It’s official, Tom Wilson’s puppy Halle now has an Instagram account

It’s official, Tom Wilson’s puppy Halle now has an Instagram account

You should be used to seeing Capitals’ winger Tom Wilson’s puppy Halle by now, but you’ll be seeing a lot more of her in the future. 

The black lab mix officially has an Instagram account and it’s the cutest thing that you’ll ever see.

Her favorite things are pine cones and digging holes and the account features some adorable content.

From the first day that Halle met her momma Taylor Pischke. 

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The day I met my new fur momma ❤️

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To what looks to be one of her first baths.

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Instagram vs. Reality #nationalpuppyday

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And even serving two minutes in time out. C'mon just look at those puppy eyes. 

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Serving two minutes in the sin bin #unsportsmanlikeconduct

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The Instagram account is run by her furparents of course. 

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Capitals leave Red Wings black and blue with 4-goal 2nd period in latest NHL 20 simulation

Capitals leave Red Wings black and blue with 4-goal 2nd period in latest NHL 20 simulation

Carl Hagelin scored twice in the first period and the Capitals broke the game wide open in the second in a dominant 6-1 win on Saturday in an NHL 20 simulation

Result: Caps 6, Red Wings 1

1st period

1-0 Caps goal: Carl Hagelin from Lars Eller

2-0 Caps goal: Carl Hagelin from Ilya Kovalchuk and Radko Gudas

2nd period

3-0 Caps goal: Nicklas Backstrom from Alex Ovechkin

4-0 Caps goal: T.J. Oshie from Nick Jensen and Nicklas Backstrom

5-0 Caps goal: Ilya Kovalchuk from Lars Eller and Carl Hagelin

6-0 Caps goal: Dmitry Orlov from Ilya Kovalchuk and Lars Eller

3rd period

6-1 Red Wings goal: Anthony Mantha from Robby Fabbri and Alex Biega


How the Caps won

1. Carl Hagelin's start

Hagelin has only eight goals in 58 games this season, but he scored twice in the first period Saturday to give Washington control. Hagelin jumped on a loose puck off an offensive-zone draw and fired a quick shot for his first goal. Just 44 seconds later, Hagelin struck again as he cut through the center to get behind the defense as Kovalchuk carried the puck in on the left. He found Hagelin in stride and Hagelin finished the play.

2. The second period

The Caps had a strong start, but they finished the game in the middle frame with a four-goal second period. Backstrom scored his fifth goal in three games and Oshie scored again 67 seconds later to end goalie Jonathan Bernier's night. That marks the second time in as many games Washington has chased the starting goalie.

Kovalchuk welcomed Jimmy Howard to the game with a goal soon after and Washington was up 5-0 less than five minutes into the second. Orlov would add insult to injury with his slap shot goal late in the period.

3. Physical hockey

The Caps pushed the Red Wings around in this one, not just on the scoreboard but physically as well.

The physical play may have been a carryover from the last simulation in which these two teams met on March 12. In that game, Dylan Larkin delivered a blatant check to the head of Ovechkin and then refused to answer for it as he was challenged by Tom Wilson.

Next game

The Caps were scheduled to play the Buffalo Sabres on the road on Monday. The game will be simulated with NHL 20 on NBC Sports Washington at 7 p.m.

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