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Brendan Leipsic waived by Capitals over comments about women, teammates

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Washington Capitals forward Brendan Leipsic made some vulgar and misogynistic remarks to his friends that were leaked on social media earlier this week, and the team is moving on from him as a result.

The Capitals announced on Friday that they have placed Leipsic on unconditional waivers for purposes of terminating his contract. The move comes two days after Leipsic says his friend’s Instagram account was hacked to reveal screenshots of private conversations. Those exchanges included misogynistic comments about women and derogatory remarks about current and former teammates. You can see some of the direct messages here.

Leipsic issued a statement on Twitter Wednesday apologizing for the comments, and he said he is “committed to learning from this and becoming a better person by taking time to determine how to move forward in an accountable, meaningful way.”

The NHL also released a statement condemning the comments made by Leipsic and Florida Panthers prospect Jack Rodewald, who was involved in the leaked conversation.

Leipsic played in 61 games for the Capitals this season, tallying three goals and eight assists. The 25-year-old spent time with the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings prior to landing in D.C.

Ilya Kovalchuk traded to Capitals by Canadiens for 3rd-round pick

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The Washington Capitals are looking to load up for a Stanley Cup playoff run.

The Caps on Sunday acquired Ilya Kovalchuk in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens. The Caps are trading a 3rd-round pick in this year’s draft for the winger.

Kovalchuk, 36, was the No. 1 pick in the 2001 NHL Draft. He has 22 points this season, including an assist on Saturday.

Montreal trading him is no surprise. He is set to be a free agent after the season, so the Canadiens wanted to get a return for him prior to the trade deadline.

The Caps will be Kovalchuk’s third team of the season. He began the season with the Kings but was dropped by them before Montreal picked him up.

Washington is third in the NHL in points this season, behind Boston and Tampa Bay.

Watch: Capitals celebrate Nationals’ World Series

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The Washington Capitals were among the many who celebrated the Washington Nationals winning this year’s World Series.

With a victory in Game 7 over the Houston Astros, the Nationals captured their first World Series championship in franchise history. There were more than 13,000 fans who showed up at Nationals Park that were able to celebrate after the final out was recorded.

Washington’s NHL team was also in a joyous mood after the Nationals’ win. Take a look:

It’s been an impressive recent run for Washington D.C. sports teams. The Capitals won the Stanley Cup for the first time in its franchise history last year. Earlier this month the Washington Mystics won its first WNBA title. And now, the Nationals join the club.

Adam Eaton credits Capitals for game-tying homer

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The Washington Nationals and the Washington Capitals were playing at the same time on Saturday, and that appeared to work in both of their favors.

The Capitals faced off against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series, a contest that needed overtime to decide the victor. Less than two minutes into the extra period, Caps defenseman Brooks Orpik scored the winner for Washington.

Coincidentally, the goal came just moments before Washington Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning of the team’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates just two miles away. The Nats would also go on to win by the final of 3-2.

Eaton said afterwards that he heard the cheers from the Washington crowd after the Caps scored in the middle of his at-bat, per Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports.

We saw some great crossover between the two Washington teams when the Caps won it all last year, and it’s obvious that they feed off each other’s energy.

Most Capitals players say they want to visit White House

Many sports teams are hesitant to visit President Trump in the White House if they win a championship, but on the whole, the Washington Capitals do not appear to be one of them.

Numerous Capitals players said Wednesday that they would be eager to visit the White House if an invitation is extended. That includes defenseman Brooks Orpik, the only previous Stanley Cup winner on the team.

“We all have our opinions on it, it’s a very sensitive issue,” Orpik said, via Samantha Pell of the Washington Post. “It’s just kind of the way things are going these days. If you don’t have the belief as somebody else then automatically they think you’re wrong and they take it personally, which politics isn’t supposed to be that way. You’re allowed to have disagreement but my opinion is that you’re supposed to respect the other person’s decision.

“I know from past experiences it’s a really cool experience, I mean you go there for three or four hours. For me it’s a really cool celebration with your team celebrating a championship.”

Most other Capitals who spoke on the subject felt the same way, with most stating that they are interested in seeing the building and see an invitation as an honor no matter who is in office. That includes captain Alex Ovechkin, who thinks a White House trip would be “fun,” as well as American-born players T.J. Oshie and Matt Niskanen.

With comments like this, it seems likely that the Capitals will get a White House invitation. That said, at least one player on the team isn’t particularly interested in going.

Watch: Caps stars drop F-bombs during team parade

The Washington Capitals’ victory lap continues to be one for the ages.

After winning their first Stanley Cup in franchise history last week, the Caps held their championship parade on Tuesday. The celebration had a few memorable moments, not the least of which was when star center Evgeny Kuznetsov got up to the mic and dropped a couple of expletives.

After thanking family and fans, Kuznetsov concluded his remarks by saying, “Let’s f— this s—.” Here is the video, but obviously beware of foul language.

Not to be outdone, Conn Smythe Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin followed up Kuznetsov’s speech by getting in front of the crowd and dropping some heat of his own. Take a look (but once again, obviously be wary of the bad language):

The Caps have certainly been having the time of their lives since winning the Cup, and their parade antics probably weren’t even the craziest moment yet.

Capitals players got Stanley Cup tattoos

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The Washington Capitals are really out here living their best lives after winning the Stanley Cup.

The team’s victory tour continued on Saturday, and Caps forwards Andre Burakovsky and Jakub Vrana were seen drunkenly dancing on the team bus and declaring that they were going to get Stanley Cup tattoos. Here is video, via Josh Billinson of the Independent Journal Review:

Was it baseless bluster stemming from an inebriated stupor? Absolutely not.

Shortly after the video was taken, Burakovsky and Vrana both posted pictures of themselves actually getting tattooed on their respective Instagram Stories.

It’s hard to blame the young forwards for partying hearty when this was the first Stanley Cup victory in Capitals franchise history. The only player who might be having more fun than them right now is Alex Ovechkin.

Alex Ovechkin brings Stanley Cup to Nationals game, has a blast

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Alex Ovechkin does not appear to have stopped partying since the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup on Thursday night.

Ovechkin and his Capitals teammates came to the Washington Nationals game on Saturday with the Cup in tow, and nobody seemed to be having a better time than the captain.

First, the Capitals and Nationals took a group picture together with the Cup.

Ovechkin was tasked with throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, but his first attempt went a bit awry, so he demanded a do-over.

Perhaps the best part? Ovechkin, who clearly cannot get enough of the trophy, kept raising it above his head, even during the game while action was taking place.

Ovechkin has waited a long time for this and it has showed in his reactions. Live it up, Ovi.

Alex Ovechkin to throw out first pitch before Nationals game

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Alex Ovechkin will throw out the first pitch prior to the Washington Nationals’ game on Saturday.

The Washington Capitals captured their first ever Stanley Cup on Thursday. With that comes the spoils of being a champion. Prior to Saturday’s game between the Nationals and San Francisco Giants, Ovechkin, the Capitals’ captain, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Ovechkin will be accompanied by his Cup-winning teammates.

The next stop for Ovechkin and the Capitals will be a championship parade on Tuesday that was promised by owner Ted Leonsis to be impressive.

Capitals owner promises huge victory parade

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The Washington Capitals won their first-ever Stanley Cup on Thursday, and owner Ted Leonsis is planning a victory party that will surprise and impress fans.

Leonsis said Thursday night that he anticipates staging an even bigger parade than expectations would dictate.

“I think it’s going to be much bigger than everyone is expecting,” Leonsis said, via Greg Wyshynski of ESPN. “We want to be able to say thank you to people in Virginia and Maryland and Washington, D.C. My goal is to create something that elevates and unites all of the people in our community, so people think happy thoughts about Washington, D.C.

“To be honest, the next couple of weeks are going to be all about the fans, all about the city, all about the players. The amount of respect that the Stanley Cup has … there’s nothing like it in any other sport. We have a lot of work to do. We’ll try to make it very, very family oriented. To make sure it’s not just the players, but it’s the mothers and fathers and brothers and sisters.”

Simply saying it’s the team’s first Stanley Cup doesn’t even cover all the playoff heartbreak over the past decade or so. It’s a well-deserved triumph, and judging by the scenes in D.C. Thursday night, the parade will be a wild one.