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Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin

Amid a rough go-of-it with regard to injury news and questions with NHL Free Agency looming, the Washington Capitals got some fun headlines over the weekend that saw captain Alex Ovechkin, Michal Kempny and more relieve some of the tension.

Ovechkin scored in his pro soccer debut (because of course he did) in classic Ovi fashion, while also leveling some guys and making a statement with FC Dynamo Moscow. His standout performance also came just one day before his 18-year anniversary of being taken first overall in the 2004 NHL Draft.

Beyond fun times, the Colorado Avalanche are looking to break loose and get the job done in Game 6. They have a chance to clinch the Stanley Cup once again, this time in Tampa at Amalie Arena. However, it won’t come easy against the back-to-back championship Lightning, who aren’t going down without a fight and are looking to force Game 7.

Here are all the latest news and notes from the District and across the NHL:

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  • The Great 8 brought his A-game and hockey sense to the pitch on Saturday, as he struck in his FC Dynamo Moscow debut and wore the captain’s band en route to a 5-0 win. Watch Ovechkin dominate — and begin another goal-scoring chase in a totally different league pro league and sport with the same club his dad played for back in the day. (WHN)

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  • As the Avalanche prepare for Game 6, they could see Andre Burakovsky make his long-awaited return to the lineup. He was clutch through Games 1 and 2 and will look to provide that firepower in pursuit of a win at Amalie Arena. (CHN)
  • Beyond Sidney Crosby, are any other Pittsburgh Penguins considered untouchable this offseason? (PHN)

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  • Kempny cut his famous flow, and his Capitals teammates had quite a few things to say. Tom Wilson, who is recovering from ACL surgery, said “finally,” while Vitek Vanecek also chimed in. Kempny will be a UFA come July 13. However, he still has all the love from his teammates, and despite everything, showcased resiliency and heart after three big injuries to his left leg.

  • It looks like Brayden Point will be out for Game 6. Per Jon Cooper, there won’t be lineup changes for the Lightning. It’ll be amazing to see if they can force Game 6, which would be a big blow to Colorado. Still, the Avalanche would have one more chance — and Ball Arena would be loud for that showdown. This series, though, has proven to be the best series we’ve seen in a while.
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