Alex Ovechkin

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Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin likes his privacy, but when it comes to cooperating with the NHL’s new behind-the-scenes preview of the 2015 Winter Classic, he’s all in.

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All three of the players the Caps sent to the jersey unveiling and official announcement sounded excited about the prospect of playing the Winter Classic in their own back yard at Nats Park.

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They do it in Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay and Ottawa. And now, under new coach Barry Trotz, the Capitals’ logo has been designated holy ground.

As in, don’t tread on this.

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Instant analysis of the Capitals’ 1-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres in their preseason debut Sunday night at VerizonCenter:

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Barry Trotz cautioned the media the other day NOT to read too much into the forward line combinations and defense pairings he uses in the first three games of the preseason.

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