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Washington Capitals Head Coach Adam Oates, on Julien Brouillette’s first NHL goal tonight: “I’m sure he’s flying pretty high right now… You know what, big goal… You gotta do the right things, right? At the end of the day, [Backstrom] wins the draw, off an icing, and we executed and got it done.”

Washington Capitals Head Coach Adam Oates, on Julien Brouillette’s first NHL goal tonight: “I’m sure he’s flying pretty high right now… You know what, big goal… You gotta do the right things, right? At the end of the day, [Backstrom] wins the draw, off an icing, and we executed and got it done.”

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby speaks to the media about the team’s 3-0 shutout win over the NJ Devils tonight, as 5 teammates pack their bags for Sochi around him.

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby speaks to the media about the team’s 3-0 shutout win over the NJ Devils tonight, as 5 teammates pack their bags for Sochi around him.

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So, news of social media skeptic Brooks Laich’s Twitter debut today took us back to this short but animated conversation with him back in July 2009… “Here would be my tweet: Going fishing. No reception on the lake. See you in the Fall… That would be my tweet.  I’m not into that stuff!”  Take a listen…

Forward Brooks Laich takes media questions in the lockerroom on the first day of Washington Capitals training camp, Jan 13, 2013

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Defenseman John Carlson, first day of the Washington Capitals training camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Jan 13, 2013

Coach Oates brings back the sound of the whistle.  Washington Capitals training camp, Ketter Capitals Iceplex, Jan 13, 2013

Coach Oates brings back the sound of the whistle.  Washington Capitals training camp, Ketter Capitals Iceplex, Jan 13, 2013

Washington Capitals forward Matt Hendricks, at team practice, Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Arlington VA, 2011.  He talks us through his mental and physical pre-game warmup, sideways splits and all, in our new 4-minute audio slideshow.  See what he says about his “stupid stick handles”…

Washington Capitals forward Matt Hendricks, at team practice, Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Arlington VA, 2011.  He talks us through his mental and physical pre-game warmup, sideways splits and all, in our new 4-minute audio slideshow.  See what he says about his “stupid stick handles”…

Wall of gloves, Washington Capitals equipment room, Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Arlington VA, February 2012

Wall of gloves, Washington Capitals equipment room, Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Arlington VA, February 2012

Sneak preview of a new Hockey Diaries feature coming this week. As Capitals’ Head Equipment Manager, Brock Myles prides himself on being ready for anything, anywhere, anytime.

Sneak preview of a new Hockey Diaries feature coming this week. As Capitals’ Head Equipment Manager, Brock Myles prides himself on being ready for anything, anywhere, anytime.

what it feels like

On game day today, thinking back on our trip to Pittsburgh a year ago for Hockey Diaries: Winter Classic 2011 and probably our favorite made-for-radio quote about skating outdoors, from then-Penguin forward Michael Rupp. 

MEDIACHAMELEON: "Can you describe to someone on the radio what it feels like to skate outside, what are the sensations that are different to you?  What would you say?”

RUPP: “Did you ever go swimming in the nude? It’s kind of similar to that, I guess. It’s (laughs) it just feels, I don’t know, it feels… you just, it’s just… it’s freeing experience. Like you’re just in there, and you got the air around you, you can see it, it just… it’s a pretty cool feeling. I guess that’s a bad example, but it’s what I got.”