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Videos- You Make The Call, Tom Wilson Hit On Brandon Carlo

update 11:42am on 3/6/21,



Carlo won't return and no penalty on the hit.



Then later in the game...

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Alex Ovechkin Fined For Spearing

NEW YORK (March 4, 2021) – Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for spearing Boston Bruins forward Trent Frederic during NHL Game No. 359 in Boston on Wednesday, March 3, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 14:30 of the third period. Ovechkin was assessed a minor penalty for slashing.

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Watch the incident in an earlier KK post.

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Video- The Boston Bruins Honor Zdeno Chara

Both benches stand with stick taps along the boards.


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Zdeno Chara Returns To Boston

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

TD Garden will be mostly empty on Wednesday night when Chara returns to Causeway Street for the first time in his post-Bruins career. He will not be greeted by canorous cheers, a packed house welcoming home a franchise legend. No matter what kind of video is played for the television audience, it will not be a proper tribute. It won’t be quite right.

That’s fine by Chara. Even though a trip to Boston will never be strictly business, he is here to play two hockey games, his Capitals against the Bruins on Wednesday and Friday.

“It’s going to be exciting to be back,” Chara said Tuesday on a Zoom call, before stepping on the practice ice at Warrior Ice Arena. “Obviously, we all wish to have fans at some point — hopefully sooner — at our arenas. They always make the games more exciting. But this time we’re going to have to obviously wait and respect that safety and health is the priority.”

On Monday, Chara reunited with his family, which remains at their home in the North End: wife Tatiana; daughter Elliz, who turns 12 next month; and twin boys Ben and Zack, who turn 5 on Saturday.

“It was really nice to see them after a long time and be a dad for one day again,” said Chara, who had been with the Capitals since signing for one year and $795,000 on Dec. 30.

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Video- Goal Of The Night Candidate

T.J. Oshie


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Zdeno Chara Faces His Old Team Tonight

from Kevin Paul Dupont o the Boston Globe,

It has been a month since Zdeno Chara tossed his hockey gear in his car outside his downtown condo, drove by the Garden, and just kept motoring all the way to Washington. A new life, a new team awaited.

Just business. Hockey business. In the end, that’s what it was, as it is so often. The proud Slovak defenseman remained convinced he could be a key component for a Stanley Cup contender, and the Bruins respectfully told him he could stay here, albeit in a handyman’s role for a team committed to its own new beginnings.

“I love them as my brothers,” Chara said early Friday afternoon, reflecting on his time here and how it will feel Saturday night in Washington to face ex-teammates for the first time. “We have something that’s very deep and goes far back, and I’ll obviously cherish those memories, those great celebrations we had, winning the Stanley Cup.”


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The COVID Issues With The Washington Capitals

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

It’s at least a week without four critical players for the Washington Capitals — including captain Alexander Ovechkin — after contact tracing following a positive COVID test revealed the group was together in a hotel room, in violation of league protocols.

Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov and Ilya Samsonov were the other players added to the league’s COVID-Related Absences List on Wednesday evening. The Capitals’ next game is Friday against Buffalo, and, as of Thursday afternoon, there were no plans to postpone.

“We totally understand why the rules are in place and there's no arguing with that,” head coach Peter Laviolette said Thursday. “We want to be compliant. We made a mistake and we need to do a better job.”

Ovechkin’s wife, Nastya, was not as understanding, blasting the decision in an Instagram post, which revealed both Orlov and Ovechkin have antibodies. She made sure to post in both Russian and English so no one misunderstood her message.


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Washington Capitals Will Be Without Their Quarantined Players For At Least 4 Games

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Washington Capitals Fined $100K For COVID Player Violations

NEW YORK (Jan. 20, 2021) – The National Hockey League announced today that it has fined the Washington Capitals $100,000 for Player violations of the League’s COVID‑19 Protocols which involved social interactions among team members who were in close contact and who were not wearing face coverings.

added 7:07pm,



added 7:52pm, Statement from the Caps and Ovechkin below.

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They Face Each Other Again Today

from Tom Gulitti of NHL.com,

Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin have had many memorable showdowns over their first 15 NHL seasons.

Peter Laviolette was previously restricted to observing and admiring those battles between the Pittsburgh Penguins center and Washington Capitals forward from afar. So the new Washington coach is looking forward to his first up-close look at the rivalry when Crosby and the Penguins host Ovechkin and the Capitals at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday (noon ET; NBC, SN).

It will be the first of eight games between Washington and Pittsburgh in the MassMutual East Division this season and the 78th time Ovechkin and Crosby will play each other in the NHL, including the regular season and the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"For so long when these two teams, Pittsburgh and Washington, have squared off, it made noise and it made noise because of these guys," Laviolette said. "They've been elite for a long time, and I think that always makes for good hockey. It makes for a good story."

Part of the story this time is the Penguins are desperate for a win after opening the season with two losses to the Philadelphia Flyers. Crosby scored a goal in each of those defeats.


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