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President Trump Welcomes The Washington Capitals

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Andrei Vasilevskiy Stars In Tampa’s OT Win Over Washington

from Diana C. Nearhos of the Tampa Bay Times,

The way Steven Stamkos sees it, the entire Lightning team owes Andrei Vasilevskiy a hug.

That’s what he told Pierre McGuire on the NBCSN broadcast immediately following Wednesday’s win over the Capitals, the second over Washington in a week.

The overtime game featured nine goals, traded leads, scrums and a fight, but Tampa Bay owes this win to Vasilevskiy.

He was called sensational (Stamkos), unbelievable (Victor Hedman) and exceptional (Jon Cooper).

“It’s pretty safe to say who our MVP was tonight,” Cooper said after the 5-4 overtime win.

Vasilevskiy saw 58 shots (“Shame on us for giving up so many chances,” Cooper said). He saved 54 of them, for a career high and franchise record.


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The Washington Capitals Will Visit The White House On Monday

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

The Washington Capitals will join President Trump on Monday to celebrate their 2018 Stanley Cup victory at the White House, according to a team spokesman. The visit will come nearly 10 months after the team won its first championship in franchise history, and the event is expected to be more low-key than some in the past, though plans are still being finalized.

...Russian captain Alex Ovechkin confirmed that he will attend after the team’s 4-1 win at the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.

“We just found out today, so I don’t know what to say," he said. “I’m just excited. It’s nice.”

Said Swedish center Nicklas Backstrom: “It will be fun. It’s exciting, I think, and every time you get an invitation from the president and being at the White House, it’s going to be a great experience. ... I feel like it’s always up to whoever wants to go, but we got the invitation, and it’s been a tradition, I think, for many years. We’re not going to mix politics with sports. It’s because we won last year; that’s why we’re there. Yeah, it’ll be a cool experience, I think.”

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Video- Was Holtby Worried About A Collision With Crosby?

You decide.


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Braden Holtby’s Story

from Braden Holtby at The Players' Tribune,

I probably saved 10 million shots off that wall as Patrick Roy. Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, everything on the line. In our little unfinished basement in the middle of nowhere.

For some reason, I always believed I was going to play goalie in the NHL. Like, really believed. You couldn’t tell me any different. And it made no sense, really. My dad didn’t even want me to play in net. He had been a goalie growing up, so he knew what a thankless position it can be. He always tried to convince me to play forward. But my minor hockey team was made of up of basically any kid who could conceivably stand up on skates in a 40-mile radius. We were so bad that I felt like if I played in net at least that’s where all the action was gonna be.

Man, we would get peppered.

We’d lose 12–1.



And Patrick Roy was my hero, right? What did Roy do when he got scored on? He went nuts.


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Video- Good Shootout Goal

Alex Ovechkin awarded a shootout goal, but it took some time.

Capitals win.


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Video- A Special Puck Drop In Washington

via the YouTube page of the NHL,

Willie O'Ree joins civil rights pioneer and U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) to drop the first puck at Capital One Arena, as part of the Capitals' Black History Month celebration.


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A Four-Year Contract Extension For Nick Jensen In Washington

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Nick Jensen to a four-year, $10 million contract extension, with an average annual value of $2.5 million, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Jensen, 28, a native of Rogers, Minn., recorded 15 points (2g, 13a) in 60 games with the Red Wings this season, which is tied for his highest point total of his career, set last season (15a). The 6’0”, 194-pound defenseman’s 50.43 shot attempt percentage (947 shot attempts for, 931 against) led Detroit defensemen at five-on-five among players with at least 40 games played. Additionally, Jensen’s 2:46 minutes per game on the penalty kill are the most on the Red Wings and his 165:53 total penalty kill minutes rank 21st in the NHL. Additionally, Jensen was on the ice for 42 goals at five-on-five, the second most on the Red Wings this season.

In 190 career games with Detroit, Jensen has collected 43 points (6g, 37a). Jensen was selected with the Red Wings’ fifth round pick (149th overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft.

Prior to the NHL, Jensen appeared in 222 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL), recording 61 points (10g, 51a). Additionally, Jensen was a three-year player at St. Cloud State University from 2010 to 2013. In his junior year at the university, Jensen was named to the NCAA (West) First All-American Team and was named the NCAA (WCHA) Defensive Player of the Year.

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LAK Trade Carl Hagelin To The Washington Capitals

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired a third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft from Washington in exchange for forward Carl Hagelin, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.

The Kings now have 10 draft picks in the 2019 draft, including all of their own picks, Toronto’s first-round pick, Washington’s third-round pick and Calgary’s fourth-round pick.

Hagelin, acquired from Pittsburgh earlier this season, has appeared in 22 games with the Kings this season, posting five points (1-4=5) and eight penalty minutes. Overall this season, Hagelin has eight points (2-6=8) and 20 penalty minutes in 38 games.

added 12:35pm, Washington release is below.

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Video- This Is Alex Ovechkin

via NHL.com,

An extraordinary look at Alex Ovechkin's childhood and career as the Washington Capitals captain sits down with NHL.com/ru


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