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Happy Holidays, Washington Capitals Style

First and foremost, we at Stars and Sticks would like to wish you Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year. We hope you have a safe, enjoyable holiday season. Finally, thank you for supporting our endeavors to bring you the best Washington Capitals coverage!

The holidays are both a time a for celebration and a time to give thanks. In the Christmas spirit, I’ve compiled a list of Caps moments so far this season–specifically ones that we, as fans, enjoy and are grateful for.

Joel Ward’s First Career Hat Trick

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Joel Ward notched the first hat trick of his career in a road game against the rival Philadelphia Flyers. Since it’s the holidays, I’ll refrain from using another adjective to describe the team. On the other hand, Ward’s hat trick can be described as nothing less than spectacular.

His three goals (a backhander, slap shot, and power-play wrister) contributed to the Caps’ incredible road win over the hated Flyers.

…and Beating the Flyers 7-0

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The aforementioned win was memorable for the entire Capitals team. Thrashing a longtime rival 7-0 doesn’t happen every day, and the excitement was heightened by the fact that nine Caps recorded at least one point.

From Ward’s hat trick to Troy Brouwer’s power-play goal, the victory is both fondly remembered and incentive to try and repeat the performance.

Alex Ovechkin’s Four-Goal Game

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While Ovi didn’t play in the Caps’ extravagant win, he has certainly made his presence known this season. With 30 goals in 35 games, he’s the league’s top scorer. Four of those tallies came in an exciting 6-5 shootout win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Talk about coming up clutch.

Beating the Islanders in Overtime

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While Aaron Volpatti kicked off scoring at Nassau Coliseum, the home team quickly tied up the game and took a lead. However, Nicklas Backstrom scored Washington’s first shorthanded goal of the season to tie the contest with less than a minute left in the third period.

As expected, the game went to overtime. And it wouldn’t have been a Cardiac Caps game if Ovechkin hadn’t scored the game winner–which, of course, he did.

4-1 Win Against the Rangers

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One of the most satisfying moments of the season (so far) came in the form of a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers. The victory was made sweeter since it took place at Madison Square Garden, with the Rangers faithful witnessing newcomer Philipp Grubauer nearly post a shutout.

Sadly, it was spoiled by Benoit Pouliot late in the third period, but Jason Chimera, Steve Oleksy, Mikhail Grabovski, and Nate Schmidt all lit the lamp.

And on that delightful note, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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